Where Will DFA Summer Studio Projects Go Next?

September 8, 2017Accessibility, Health, Summer Studio, Testing

One team member from Project Ascend hands out stickers at Leadership Studio 2017, where many wheelchair users came to speak with students about accessibility. This was a perfect opportunity for the team to get feedback on their sticker prototype. An energetic and committed group of 21 students from Duke, Michigan State University, and Northwestern spent … Read More

Tinker Turf Encouraging Children to Learn and Play

March 1, 2013Design Phase, DFA Behind the Scenes, Fun, Ideas, Implement, Presentation, Process, Summer Studio

Tinker Turf, a DFA Northwestern summer studio project from 2011, has been implemented by the Chicago Children’s Museum! Read more about the project and the team’s design process! How did you guys get started with the project? Our team was brought together through the 2011 DFA Summer Studio to partner and work with the Chicago … Read More

DFA Summer Studio Update

August 24, 2011Education, Health, Summer Studio

With less than two weeks to final presentations, the summer studio fellows are learning how iterative the design process is as they finalize their ideas and work on their mock-ups and prototypes. Tinking Team is hands deep in fabric, peg boards, and drafting paper as they prototype activities designed to empower children to tinker…

DFA NU Summer Studio: Mid Review!

August 17, 2011Education, Health, Summer Studio

Last weeks our teams presented to a round table of reviewers from the design profession in Chicago to discuss their projects and next steps. Below are their presentations! Overall, the teams seem to be the right track and are uncovering some really unique and exciting design opportunities with everything from shower mats for shelters to … Read More

DFA NU Summer Studio: Projects Announced!

July 21, 2011Education, Health, Summer Studio

On Monday July 25, 2011, Design for America Northwestern will enter into it’s third year of Summer Studio. In the past student teams have tackled everything from hand-sanitization in hospitals to putting gardening curriculum in a box to share with all. This year’s projects are no less fascinating.