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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Segal Celebrates Homecoming with Prototype Purple

Segal hosted students, alumni, and their families for homecoming weekend.

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Don Norman, Author: The Design of Everyday Things

Don Norman, one of the world's most influential designers and the author of the seminal book The Design of Everyday Things, visits segal to have a discussion about design.

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Upcoming Events

Segal hosts events throughout the academic year. There are currently no upcoming events.

Past Events
Segal Seminar Series

Don Norman, Author: The Design of Everyday Things

October 23, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Don Norman, one of the world's most influential designers and the author of the seminal book The Design of Everyday Things, visits segal to have a discussion about design.

Segal Seminar Series

Lennon Rodgers, Bern University of Applied Sciences

October 14, 2014
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Lennon Rodgers, Visiting Researcher at Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, speaks about creating an electric motorcycle for the world's oldest existing motorcycle race.

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EDI Boot Camp 2014

First Year Masters students focus on Harmonic Opposites in three-week design Boot Camp

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Segal hosts 24-hour Design Challenge

Evanston hospital adopts ideas generated by EDI students

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Crowdfunding Curriculum Receives Alumnae Award

Segal Professor Liz Gerber was recognized for developing an innovative entrepreneurship education program.

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Joe Luciani Named McCormick STAR

Segal design and prototyping specialist honored for mentorship in the 3D prototyping lab

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eDTC Targets Entrepreneurs

Pilot section offers design projects to entrepreneurial clients

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Jerry the Bear Project Enters Next Phase

Segal and DFA alums aim to transform diabetes education for children through play.

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Professor Dan Brown on Design

In this quarter's IDSA Innovation Journal, Segal faculty Dan Brown speaks to the definition and power of design thinking.

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Segal Catches Crain's Eye with Smart Mail

Segal EDI students mentor 8th Grade SEE students in Entrepreneurship Project.

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Segal Professors Awarded FUSE Labs Award

Haoqi Zhang, Aaron Shaw, and Liz Gerber awarded FUSE Labs Award from Microsoft

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DFA Process guide recognized as a runner-up by Core77

The Design for America Process guide was recognized as a runner-up for Core77 2014 Design Awards in the educational initiatives category.

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Explore design courses available to all Northwestern students.

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Congratulations, class of 2014!

Segal Design Institute celebrates its graduates

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Segal Design Cluster Student Wins Honorable Mention Best of CHI Award

Joe Mullenbach, Segal Design Cluster student, wins Honorable Mention Best of CHI 2014 Award

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Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina Named to Crain's Twenty in their 20s

Crain's Chicago Business included SwipeSense co-founders and Segal alumni Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina in their list of twenty locals making significant contributions to their industries.

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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.

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Get Involved

Collaborate on research

Submit a project proposal

Hire our students

Support Segal

Volunteer to mentor or speak

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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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PrimaVita™

An infant-formula feeding solution appliance.

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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.

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Lotus

A stylish, ergonomic, and wearable watering device for gardeners

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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

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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.

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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".

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DTC Penguin Shoe Featured on Today Show

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

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SwipeSense

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

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Upcoming Events

Segal hosts events throughout the academic year. There are currently no upcoming events.

Past Events
Segal Seminar Series

Don Norman, Author: The Design of Everyday Things

October 23, 2014
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Don Norman, one of the world's most influential designers and the author of the seminal book The Design of Everyday Things, visits segal to have a discussion about design.

Segal Seminar Series

Lennon Rodgers, Bern University of Applied Sciences

October 14, 2014
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Lennon Rodgers, Visiting Researcher at Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, speaks about creating an electric motorcycle for the world's oldest existing motorcycle race.

Feature Item Photo

EDI Boot Camp 2014

First Year Masters students focus on Harmonic Opposites in three-week design Boot Camp

read more
Feature Item Photo

Joe Luciani Named McCormick STAR

Segal design and prototyping specialist honored for mentorship in the 3D prototyping lab

read more
Feature Item Photo

eDTC Targets Entrepreneurs

Pilot section offers design projects to entrepreneurial clients

read more
Feature Item Photo

Jerry the Bear Project Enters Next Phase

Segal and DFA alums aim to transform diabetes education for children through play.

read more
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Segal Catches Crain's Eye with Smart Mail

Segal EDI students mentor 8th Grade SEE students in Entrepreneurship Project.

read more
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Segal Professors Awarded FUSE Labs Award

Haoqi Zhang, Aaron Shaw, and Liz Gerber awarded FUSE Labs Award from Microsoft

read more
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DFA Process guide recognized as a runner-up by Core77

The Design for America Process guide was recognized as a runner-up for Core77 2014 Design Awards in the educational initiatives category.

read more
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Explore design courses available to all Northwestern students.

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Segal Design Cluster Student Wins Honorable Mention Best of CHI Award

Joe Mullenbach, Segal Design Cluster student, wins Honorable Mention Best of CHI 2014 Award

read more
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Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina Named to Crain's Twenty in their 20s

Crain's Chicago Business included SwipeSense co-founders and Segal alumni Mert Iseri and Yuri Malina in their list of twenty locals making significant contributions to their industries.

read more
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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.

read more
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PrimaVita™

An infant-formula feeding solution appliance.

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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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

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
Feature Item Photo

SwipeSense

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

read more
Feature Item Photo

Don Norman, Author: The Design of Everyday Things

Don Norman, one of the world's most influential designers and the author of the seminal book The Design of Everyday Things, visits segal to have a discussion about design.

read more
Feature Item Photo

EDI Boot Camp 2014

First Year Masters students focus on Harmonic Opposites in three-week design Boot Camp

read more
Feature Item Photo

Crowdfunding Curriculum Receives Alumnae Award

Segal Professor Liz Gerber was recognized for developing an innovative entrepreneurship education program.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Jerry the Bear Project Enters Next Phase

Segal and DFA alums aim to transform diabetes education for children through play.

read more
Feature Item Photo

Explore design courses available to all Northwestern students.

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 Item Photo

Lotus

A stylish, ergonomic, and wearable watering device for gardeners

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

DTC Penguin Shoe Featured on Today Show

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

read more