Build your studio community by create a strong culture within your studio. Hold events and engage with members to build a network for them to connect and share ideas, experiences, and opportunities. Magnify the knowledge available to all members!
Output: Hold 1 project event and 1 studio event.
DFA USC has a great warm-up activity, called 3x3. The 3x3 is a three minute presentation that one member gives to the other members of the studio, presenting three unique insights about themselves. USC made the studio tool to foster a sense of trust within the studio. By giving members a chance to be vulnerable and to present about themselves, the members learn more about each other, build trust among each other, and invest in the #DFAmily community in the end.
DFA Northwestern made a social events calendar for their Spring 2015 term. The calendar included a Design Panel with local design professionals and a trip to a design firm in Chicago. These events were scheduled to provide more ways to learn about design on top of projects and explore the local design community. Download their calendar that they posted on their Facebook group!
In Fall 2013, DFA Rice held a Lock-In where their studio members spent the night in their DFA studio, spending many hours dedicated simply to getting to know each other. DFA Rice’s Lock-in in 2013 provided the opportunity to get to know studio members in a non-team context.
In Fall 2015, DFA Michigan State University hosted the second Midwest Meetup where “6 schools, 65 students, and over 30 different majors from freshmen to alumni united to continue the tradition of sustaining the vibrant Design for America network of the Midwest.” Check out their blog post to see how you can plan a Meetup in your region! (In Fall 2016, DFA Cincinnati hosted a third Midwest Meetup!)
When the weather was looking great in Spring 2015, DFA RISD/Brown got together to eat a huge breakfast outside and make some custom DFA swag using lasercut stencils and fabric paint. Fruit, pancakes, swag, and a random dog always helps your studio bond.
In Spring 2014, DFA CWRU|CIA held a studio bonding session where the then-Studio Lead, Bailey, shared her screenprinting skill to the whole studio! And what a surprise, they walked out of the session with their newly-made DFA shirts. Rumor has it that the studio flittered away to a local ice cream joint sporting DFA on their shirts.