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Innovative Design Research

Research is a fundamental component of the Segal Design Institute's overall mission.

Segal's research program advances our knowledge of design innovation and human-centered design as it:

  • brings together researchers, faculty, and students with diverse interests and backgrounds
  • provides resources from multiple schools at Northwestern University
  • drives towards greater understanding of specific concepts and topics in design

PhD Design Cluster

PHD At the center of Segal’s research program is the PhD Design Cluster. This multi-school cluster brings together dynamic faculty from the Segal Research Faculty Council and PhD students from a variety of disciplines.

Browse our projects gallery for examples of our PhD research projects.

Collaborate with Segal

Segal provides opportunities for industry leaders, individuals, companies, and organizations to initiate and participate in meaningful design research.

Interested in sponsoring or participating in a research project at Segal? E-mail