Design Innovation: Thinking & Doing

We educate the next generation of design innovation leaders. Ours is a diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders. We are designers, engineers, scientists, writers, doctors, performers, artists, managers, and more.

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The Segal Design Institute has partnered with Bruce Mau and the Massive Change Network to offer an exciting new executive eduation program. Join us June 15-17, 2014 for the first workshop, here at the Ford Design Center.

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Upcoming Events

Segal Seminar Series

Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary

May 6, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sheelagh Carpendale, Professor in Computer Science at University of Calgary, speaks about interactive visualization.

Segal Seminar Series

Eric Paulos

May 13, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Eric Paulos will give a Segal Seminar.

Segal Seminar Series

Brian German

May 27, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brian German will give a Segal Seminar.

Call for Projects

Design Thinking and Communication (formerly EDC) is looking for potential projects for the upcoming quarter.

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submit a project

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Spark STEM Expo for Scouts is a Success

EDI students introduced over 100 scouts and their families to STEM topics in an exciting hands-on workshop on November 17.

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Explore design courses available to all Northwestern students.

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Congratulations EDI Class of 2013

The MS-EDI class of 2013 recently presented their final thesis projects.

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Prof. Liz Gerber in the WSJ: Olympic flub teaches entrepreneurs a lesson

In a Wall Street Journal blog post, Liz Gerber writes about how entrepreneurs can learn from a recent technical flub at the Olympics in Sochi.

read more
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2013 Design Boot Camp: Kinetic Sculpture

The EDI class of 2014 recently presented their kinetic sculptures as the final products of Design Boot Camp. Several of the pieces will remain on display in Ford throughout fall quarter.

read more
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Get Involved

Collaborate on research

Submit a project proposal

Hire our students

Support Segal

Volunteer to mentor or speak

learn more
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Design Innovation: Naps Required

Sleep Sensor Study Highlighted in the New York Times

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MyWater Featured in Chicago Sun-Times and on USA Network

Anthony Jakubiak, MS-EDI '12, was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times and on the USA Network for his EDI thesis project, myWater.

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Explore the academic opportunities at Segal and find a program that best fits your goals.

see all programs
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GroupWalk

A mobile application that enables students on Northwestern’s Evanston campus to coordinate walking groups for increased safety

read more
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The Garlic Globe

A garlic pressing device that improves user leverage and ease of cleaning while preserving the garlic’s oils and flavor

read more
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Segal provides its students with the design resources, prototyping equipment, and collaborative environment where group work and the exchange of ideas can flourish.

learn more

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Collaboration with SAIC Showcases Data as Art

Segal students and faculty forged an exciting new collaboration with the School of the Art Institute on a new course this summer, called "Data as Art".

read more
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DTC Penguin Shoe Featured on Today Show

Segal freshman designed a custom shoe for penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

read more
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SwipeSense

A portable, trackable hand sanitizer dispenser designed to eliminate preventable deaths from hospital-acquired infections

read more
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Upcoming Events

Segal Seminar Series

Sheelagh Carpendale, University of Calgary

May 6, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sheelagh Carpendale, Professor in Computer Science at University of Calgary, speaks about interactive visualization.

Segal Seminar Series

Eric Paulos

May 13, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Eric Paulos will give a Segal Seminar.

Segal Seminar Series

Brian German

May 27, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Brian German will give a Segal Seminar.

Feature Item Photo

Spark STEM Expo for Scouts is a Success

EDI students introduced over 100 scouts and their families to STEM topics in an exciting hands-on workshop on November 17.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Explore design courses available to all Northwestern students.

Feature Item Photo

2013 Design Boot Camp: Kinetic Sculpture

The EDI class of 2014 recently presented their kinetic sculptures as the final products of Design Boot Camp. Several of the pieces will remain on display in Ford throughout fall quarter.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Get Involved

Collaborate on research

Submit a project proposal

Hire our students

Support Segal

Volunteer to mentor or speak

learn more
Feature Item Photo

Design Innovation: Naps Required

Sleep Sensor Study Highlighted in the New York Times

read more
Feature Program Photo
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Explore the academic opportunities at Segal and find a program that best fits your goals.

see all programs
Feature Item Photo

The Garlic Globe

A garlic pressing device that improves user leverage and ease of cleaning while preserving the garlic’s oils and flavor

read more
Feature Item Photo

Segal provides its students with the design resources, prototyping equipment, and collaborative environment where group work and the exchange of ideas can flourish.

learn more

Feature Item Photo

DTC Penguin Shoe Featured on Today Show

Segal freshman designed a custom shoe for penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

read more
Feature Item Photo

SwipeSense

A portable, trackable hand sanitizer dispenser designed to eliminate preventable deaths from hospital-acquired infections

read more

Call for Projects

Design Thinking and Communication (formerly EDC) is looking for potential projects for the upcoming quarter.

learn more

submit a project

Feature Item Photo

Prof. Liz Gerber in the WSJ: Olympic flub teaches entrepreneurs a lesson

In a Wall Street Journal blog post, Liz Gerber writes about how entrepreneurs can learn from a recent technical flub at the Olympics in Sochi.

read more
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Design Innovation: Naps Required

Sleep Sensor Study Highlighted in the New York Times

read more
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GroupWalk

A mobile application that enables students on Northwestern’s Evanston campus to coordinate walking groups for increased safety

read more
Feature Item Photo

The Garlic Globe

A garlic pressing device that improves user leverage and ease of cleaning while preserving the garlic’s oils and flavor

read more
Feature Item Photo

Collaboration with SAIC Showcases Data as Art

Segal students and faculty forged an exciting new collaboration with the School of the Art Institute on a new course this summer, called "Data as Art".

read more