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
DFA Summer Studio, a six week design intensive held at Northwestern, had a midterm review last week! DFA National staff along with members of Northwestern’s Delta Lab and other mentors came together to give feedback to teams as they make progress of their projects. This Thursday, Summer Studio teams will present their final concepts and … Read More
DFA Northwestern’s annual Summer Studio kicked off this week! This year’s studio is the largest one to date. 21 students are spending the next six weeks tackling 5 different social impact projects. And for the first time, students from Duke and MSU will be joining Northwestern students for the program. From “How can we improve … Read More
This summer, youth throughout Chicago received lunches from GCFD buses with the help of a Northwestern Design for America team. Before DFA NU engaged, the buses were decorated with smiling vegetables and emphasized the fact that they handed out free meals, which made many students, especially teenagers, hesitant to approach the buses. It was this … Read More
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
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…
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
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.