Sharing your work with fellow students and mentors is essential for your team to get feedback on what you’ve accomplished so far, suggestions for next steps, and connections to resources in the community. You can also update your friends and family, who might be curious to know what you’re doing and cheer you on.
At DFA RISD/Brown, the Design Thinking for Youth team created a tumblr blog to document their progress throughout Spring Semester 2015. They uploaded photos of their work sessions, recorded major events such as studio critiques and visits to community partners, and included some personal notes on the importance of ice cream. Check it out here.
Documenting your work with a blog is another great way to share your project with others. Blogs can be very visual, include other links and articles you find interesting, and help you see your progress in chronological order. Some blogging platform you can use are: Tumblr, Wordpress, Medium, Blogspot, SquareSpave, Weebly, etc.
DFA Virginia Tech sends out monthly newsletters to people in the network from studio members to faculty advisors to share any events coming up in their studio and projects updates. They use mailchimp to format the newsletter. Check out their February 2016 newsletter here!
Use social media to share work with lots of supporters like DFA MSU and DFA Barnard|Columbia
Tweeting status updates or posting facebook photos helps give the general public a quick update. People are always curious about what Design for America is all about, so this is a great way to garner publicity as well as document your process.
Post the updates from your studio’s social media account or tag the social media handles to increase your reach! Want to follow all the DFA twitters? Find them all on our DFA network twitter list.
One of DFA MSU’s teams tackled how can they bring experiential learning about energy to Lansing schools. They did a workshop with students at North Elementary School and tweeted videos of their Mag-Lev prototypes. Check it out here.
DFA Barnard/Columbia’s Food Trucks Team used facebook as a way to share prototypes of their infographic and get feedback. Check it out here.
Showing your work to others in person is a great push to document, create and practice storytelling skills. Setting up regular meetings with local mentors will help in more ways than one!
DFA Northwestern team, VERA, continued their Summer Studio project in winter quarter. The team made the project into an independent study which allowed them to meet regularly, spend sufficient time in their project time, and meet with mentors weekly. Before going out to test with users, the team invited their mentor, Bruce Ankenman from Segal Design Institute, to interact with their prototype and receive feedback on their testing plan.