On Saturday, December 8th, Michael Prince, Jody Libman, and the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) classes from Northwestern University attended the Segal Design Institute’s Design Expo at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center. In DTC, student teams work with real clients to solve authentic problems while simultaneously learning to communicate with a variety of audiences.
Through partnerships with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, students spend the first half of the two-quarter course working with clients with disabilities. In the second quarter, projects address a variety of problems from health care, industry, and education.
Each class from the DTC course had different problems they were asked to solve. For instance, the students in Michael and Jody’s class were asked to design a mechanism (non-electric) that will open public restroom doors without the use of your hands and can easily be retrofitted to a variety of door types. Another class was asked to design a rehabilitation therapy device for post-stroke victims.
The students presented their projects at the Design Expo and a panel of judges, who included Michael Prince, helped choose the winning teams based on the execution of the problem, quality of the model, and the message communicated on their poster board.
It was a wonderful event and the students put a lot of thought and hard work into their final designs. The teams shown below are from Michael and Jody’s class. You can read our blog post with more details on their design objectives here.