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Meet Chicago's Design Leaders

Crate & Barrel’s Gordon Segal and others to speak at free public conference

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April 12, 2010 | by Megan Fellman

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University will showcase the talents and varied professions of Chicago's design community Thursday, April 15, at the institute's annual seminar, "Design:Chicago."

Crate & Barrel co-founder Gordon Segal and design experts from OXO, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern will gather to discuss the increasing prominence of design in the Chicago region. This year's theme is "Business by Design."

Design:Chicago will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Auditorium, James L. Allen Center, 2169 Campus Drive, on Northwestern's Evanston campus. The popular seminar is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The program will feature presentations from Segal; Wellington Reiter, president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Sam Farber, founder of OXO, Copco and WOVO; and Julio M. Ottino, dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern.

The program also will include a presentation by Northwestern students involved in Design for America, a student organization dedicated to using their engineering skills to provide service to the community. The group is only a year old but has already won design competitions and tackled diverse problems ranging from hand hygiene in hospitals to engaging at-risk youth at a local youth center.

The interdisciplinary Segal Design Institute fosters curricular development and research in design across all schools at Northwestern and is dedicated to the study of human-centered design, in context. The institute was established in 2007 with a gift from Gordon and Carole Segal, co-founders of Crate & Barrel.

For more information and to register, go to Design:Chicago.

Topics: Campus Life