Design for America (DFA) University of Washington is a student-led design studio that develops solutions to issues facing the Greater Seattle Area’s community. We work to understand challenges in the areas of sustainability, poverty, health, education, etc., and we build things to address those challenges.
DFA students come from a variety of majors in UW’s College of Arts and Science, College for Education and Human Development, and the School of Engineering. Small, interdisciplinary teams work for two quarters on a problem they’re passionate about. A national network of over 21 studios spans schools like Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Yale, and MIT. As an extracurricular organization, we put our education into action to solve real problems for real people.
DFA UW is now one year old and has fostered 5 student led projects that have stirred action in the fields of mental health and caring for the elderly. Going forward, we hope to empower more students by creating even greater opportunities to engage in human-centered design and to lead their own projects.
For the last 6 months, a DFA team of 6 has been leading the charge to represent DFA in the Greater Seattle Area by gearing up for the Seattle Design Festival (SDF), hosted by Design in Public. This year's theme is "Trust" and our team spent months ideating and developing an installation about trust in the workplace. This installation will be featured for a weekend at the SDF Block Party in Occidental Park, one of 37 different groups who will be present during the two-day street fair.
Our installation started off as an exploration into how much employees trust their employers with sensitive information. As we explored more into trust in the workplace, we developed an interactive bridge where participants of the Seattle Design Festival would be able to entrust their own personal identities to the public (how they see themselves vs. how they present themselves to others).
We need everyone's support to make this installation a reality. You help us with the materials, and we'll put in the time and effort to build it. We want to bring our best to SDF, and we couldn't do it without you!
The installation consists of three parts: 1) the interactive bridge, 2) the informational stand, and 3) infographics.
Below is a list of the materials we'll need for the bridge and stand:
Additionally, we'll need to cover the printing costs of 6 infographic posters, and hundreds of notecards for everyone who interacts with our installation.
The festival team is a group of six undergrads in different disciplines at the University of Washington. The project leads are Brys and Terrene, talented industrial designers, who create direction and keep the momentum going. Christine and Olivia are the main drivers of the infographics, designing beautiful content which will go onto the info stand. And Claire and Patrick have been working on the website experience, which will tie into the installation itself and provide interaction even after the festival ends. Together, they form an awesome team who will bring a nice surprise to SDF 2018!
Thank you so much for your support!
Link to SDF page: https://designinpublic.org/
Link to our SDF event page: https://designinpublic.org/event/identity-bridge/
Link to DFA website: https://students.washington.edu/uwdfa/
Link to DFA fb: https://www.facebook.com/UWDFA/