Applications for Spring 2014!
Look around our new and improved webpage! Also, we have 2 very exciting events coming up in the near future!
1. October 25th- Our Open Studio Event! Come see our projects from this semester. Eat, mingle, and give feedback! Register here.
2. October 30th- Our first annual Speaker Series Event! This will include 4 professional speakers followed by networking. Hope to see you there! Register here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Studio Leads//Lexi, Baillie, Phil
Check out this beautiful short on what Design for America is all about. Taken at the Leadership Studio 2012 at Northwestern in Chicago where all DFA Studio Leaders nationwide convened for a 3-day Design Challenge and Leadership Workshop.
Can you spot me, Saron & Baillie?!
Hey Case Western,
The sun is finally out, and Spring is slowly blossoming here in Cleveland.
Our Project Teams have been hard at work incorporating feedback from our Open Studio event in March.
We had an awesome ideation session last week, and even hosted a mad dash easter egg hunt.
And,….. drumroll….. We have two exciting announcements!
1) We found out today that we are officially an undergraduate club in CWRU. woot woot! Huge thank you to Lexi Schlif for spearheading this effort. This furthers our vision of a DFA-trifecta between the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Undergrads, and the Cleveland Institute of Art.
2) We are hosting our 2nd Open Studio of the semester! Join us on Sunday, April 14 at 5pm at CIA, Gund Building, room 105b. This will be our last public event of the semester. We hope to see you there!
The DFA Team at CWRU+CIA
Mid-semester Open Studio Event Recap
Hope you enjoyed our Open Studio Event! All of our teams did a great job preparing and presenting their projects.
Keep your eyes on the look out for the invite to our next Open Studio Event April 14th!!
Below is a recap of our current projects:
- Team Longevity
This team is tackling childhood obesity. They are looking into what motivates kids to exercise, and what has caused the shift to a more sedentary lifestyle over the past few decades.They have already heard back from Richard Louv, author of The Last Child in the Woods. Can’t wait to see where this project goes!
- Team ThinkER
This project is a continuation of last semester’s project on improving the Emergency Room experience. This semester, the team has new members and is looking at the experience as a process before, during, and after the ER visit. Using a questionnaire, the Team will continue to gather information and insight on both the patient and staff experience. Go ThinkERs!
- Team FoFo1oh6
This team, names after the zip code (44106) has been researching what makes University Circle unique, and how to increase desirability with specific attention given to the relations between the academic populations and the residents of East Cleveland. They are currently working on narrowing down their problem statement and defining the user. We are excited to see their impact on the community!
Get excited to see where these projects go!
Firstly, A quick reminder:
DFA CWRU+CIA’s first Open Studio of the semester is THIS SUNDAY, March 3rd at 5pm in CIA’s Gund Building Room 105b! Come hear what DFA is all about and see what our studio is up to!
Secondly, our Sunday recap:
The group met at Mitchell’s Ice-Cream for a studio bonding experience prior to our regular studio meeting.
During the studio meeting, teams gave a weekly update on their progress with their projects. Below, Tom Tran presenting information for GembaCare.
We also gave a quick Presentation Tips Recap and showed pasted presentation materials to help the groups brainstorm for their own presentations for the Open Studio. We gave teams time to rough draft their information in a presentation style and then pitch it to the rest of the studio. It was a great time for feedback and practice. Below, images of GembaCare, Longevity Project, and FoFo1OH6 presenting the practice runs of their presentations.
What We’re Up To
This past week at DFA CWRU+CIA, our Chief Designer in Residence, Josh Lee, gave an amazing presentation on design, some design history, key ideas of design thinking, and tips on how you can be more creative. Paired with the presentation, were workshops exploring how to understand your user and how to analyze products. Josh did a great job of keeping the studio engaged and taught a lot of valuable information.
The University Circle Project Team started off exploring the location that encompasses “University Circle”, where our two universities are located. Funny how that works. Currently, the team is focusing on the emotional attachments and experiences that exist in a place and how students, faculty, and residence can engage with that experience to produce a heightened sense of community. The U Circle Team meets Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30pm in PBL.
Team Obesity has been researching information regarding obesity in children in Cleveland and exploring areas in which to reach out to the community. Currently, they have reached out to community partners involved in pediatrics as well as a community based organization who deals with childhood health. The Obesity Team meets on Wednesdays at 8pm at Phil’s apartment.
The ER Team, which is a continuing project from last semester, has picked back up with further researching with their new team members. Last week, the team went to University Hospitals to observe the ER environment with ‘fresh eyes’. From this experience, they have gained valuable insight through changes they saw. They are also currently working on developing better relationships with community partners. The ER Team meets on Mondays 6:30 - 8:30pm in CIA, 105B Gund.
Lastly, this past week we have a adopted two new special members to the group, Will Vandenburgh and Austin Mak from CWRU Undergrad, who will take on the role of Student Reps. They will be the faces of DFA CWRU+CIA in the undergrad realm and help with key recruitment facilitation and communication to our larger network.
Stay tuned for more updates next week!
Welcome New Members!
Hey Case Western,
This past week DFA CWRU + CIA welcomed new members!! Recruits include both undergraduate Case Western and CIA students. Fall 2013 Studio Leaders and Spring 2013 Project Team Leaders were also announced.
New Studio Leader Phil and Childhood Obesity Project Team Leader Bill
Current and future studio lead Baillie explains the design process to new students.
Future Studio Leader Lexi and ER Project Team Lead Tom present their Super Fresh project last semester.
New Designer in Residence Josh Lee discusses design with prospective DFA members.
Other team leads include Jessica for the Entertainment in University Circle project. We look forward to a very productive semester with our new DFA members!!
Check back soon for a quick summary of our projects and date for our Open Studio Exhibitions!
Hey Case Western,
Last Wednesday, we had an A-MA-ZING turnout for Spring 2013 DFA recruiting!
Both undergrad and grad students from lots of different majors turned out to learn more about DFA. Studio Leaders (Sara Mesing below) explained how DFA was founded and the social initiatives that are created through the club’s creative process.
We loved meeting everyone and look forward to working with you soon!