Tactile Tiles

There are 60,000 blind people and 363,000 people with severe visual impairment in New York City (visionsvcb.org). It is a constant challenge for them to navigate through the city and in public spaces, like hospitals, parks, courts, and universities. All the routines that others take for granted – riding the subway, walking down a sidewalk,…

Jason Charles

Jason Charles is a narrative designer from Brooklyn, New York who is currently a graduate student in the Integrated Digital Media program at the Tandon School of Engineering.As a member of the Design for America studio at NYU, he practices applying human-centered design principles to iterate on potential solutions for challenging problems. Currently, he’s developing…

Srishti Kush

Srishti is an Integrated Digital Media Graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to her masters she worked with start-ups in India and has background in Product management and development. She is keen on exploring how design thinking and technology can impact human lives. She is keen on working healthcare, spatial design and…

Karine Sarkissian

Karine Sarkissian is a Program Strategist at 3×3 Design, a social innovation consultancy working to build successful and scalable programs, services, and strategies for urban and economic development initiatives. Karine focuses on incorporating human-centered design techniques into public sector practice. She conducts creative design research and has executed a variety of community driven projects ranging…

Voices Without Roofs

Voices Without Roofs seeks to answer the question, “how might we help street homeless New Yorkers move into housing?” After extensive interviews with unsheltered homeless New Yorkers frontline outreach workers, we identified three key trends. First, folks experiencing homelessness were generally unaware of what steps they needed to take to move inside. Second, outreach teams…

Story from NYU Tandon: Student Leaders Brainstorm Ideas for an Accessible Future

Image: DFA e-board member participated in the Design for America (DFA) national leadership conference From the left: Tuba Naziruddin, Kathleen Chao, Michael Niamehr, and Emma Hoffman.  At the recent Design for America (DFA) Leadership Studio, 106 students from DFA university chapters across the U.S. — including four student leaders from the DFA NYU studio —…

OpenIDEO New York Chapter

OpenIDEO.com is an open innovation community for social innovation launched and run by IDEO, an international design and innovation consultancy. Participating to OpenIDEO challenges is a great opportunity to learn in real time the human-centered design process while collaborating with an amazingly diverse and global community. DFA NYU members are active participants and facilitators of the…

Elana Blinder

Elana is a researcher at the Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center, where she contributes to the design and evaluation of educational media aimed at improving teacher practice and student learning. In her former career as a New York City public elementary school teacher, she watched opportunities for educational play and creative exploration…

Placemaking Reimagined

Started at September 2017 with the idea to address hygiene issues homeless women face during their menstruation period, we later found in the research phase that there’s a much greater need for a private, safe space where the women can clean themselves and feel dignified. We therefore developed our opportunity statement into “There is an…

S.S Columbia Project (2017-2018 term)

Join us in designing playful STEAM-learning experiences for kids! Team JAZET from the Design for America at NYU Studio is currently exploring the relationship between intrinsic student learning within the context of the S.S. Columbia project, one of the oldest steamships in the United States. In order to support intrinsic learning among middle school students,…