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what we do


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what we do


Design innovation for social good.

DFA is designed to affect real social change. We don’t want to just talk about problems—we want to solve them. And we do it while having fun, learning new things, building connections, and developing as leaders and individuals. DFA members participate in everything from projects to networking events and leadership conferences to socials.

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The DFA Process


The DFA Process


As part of our commitment to real community change, we use a creative problem solving process to ensure we are acting from a place of empathy.  We believe that true, sustainable change only comes when we check our assumptions and design directly with our users and community partners.

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Things We Get pumped About


Things We Get pumped About


Projects

Following the DFA design process, students identify, challenge, and work to solve problems in our local community. With topics that range all over the board, this is where real world change happens. See some of our past projects here.

Socials

As much as we love changing the world, we make sure to never forget how important it is to have fun and grow with friends! Some of our favorite things to do as a studio include bowling, laser tag, potlucks, escape games, and just hanging out and enjoying each others’ company.

Networking

DFA students are exposed to connections across the nation. Members attend local professional events, company visits, and are welcomed into an alumni network that spans the world. DFA’ers have made new friends, contacts, and even received co-op and job offers from DFA connections.

 

Leadership Development

DFA UC students can participate in two national events: Leadership Studio, a 5-day challenge design to stretch students’ design innovation and leadership skills, and Midwest Meetup, a weekend fully student-organized where midwest studios come together to learn, connect, grow, and have a blast!

SKILLSHARES

DFA’s commitment to interdisciplinary design means we never miss an opportunity to learn from each other and experts in our community. We often host speakers to inspire new insights and jump at the chance to share our strengths with our fellow studio members.

Collaborate with Community Partners

We believe that the only way to change the world is with a mindset of empathy and collaboration. Our studio partners with individuals and organizations in our community to identify pain points, immerse ourselves in the problem, and prototype, test, and iterate on solutions.


Interested in learning more?

 

Learn more about the cool projects our studio members are currently working on or have tackled in past semesters!

 

Are you a student looking to join our studio? A community member interested in partnering with us? A company or individual wanting to sponsor a project? Or a professional who wants to share your experience through a mentoring role? Learn how you can get involved with the DFA UCincinnati studio!