Design for Humans,
by Humans

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


We are a national network of college students using design-thinking for social good. We are passionate.

Design for America at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that focuses on the human-centered design process. Our studio is part of a larger award-winning national network of passionate creators & innovators revolutionizing the way university students engage with & improve the world around us. We seek to build interdiscplinary teams, which means we are open to students of all majors. Anyone interested in design, innovation, entrepreneurship, or just making a difference can help us tackle a wide variety of challenges.

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Humana National Project

National sponsored project with Humana, reimagining healthcare for senior patients.

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YMCA National Project

National sponsored project addressing recruiting and retaining lifeguards for safer communities.

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Food Security for College Students

This a national sponsored project with Compass Groups, a huge hospitality and food services company, addressing food insecurity among college students.

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Senior Financial Literacy Project

Project in collaboration with Synchrony Financial and AARP. How can we utilize emerging technologies to improve financial literacy for senior citizens?

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Edison Project

Project in collaboration with Edison Middle School. How can we help middle school boys identify problems within their own lives and move to resolve them independently? How can we better engage parents in their child's school experience?

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Why Join Us?

The first step is taking the initiative to engage. Our organization is composed of extraordinary students from a wide-range of majors. What will you gain when you join?

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Our application process has ended for the spring semester. Come learn about us at our public events or this fall on Quad Day!

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Where can DFA take you?

Our members are recognized for their excellence by earning internships and full-time offers from the best companies in the country in a wide variety of industries. Some of these companies include...