The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will host its eighth annual National Design Week from Oct. 12 through Oct. 20. The museum will offer a series of public programs and a range of online resources for students, teachers, designers, corporate professionals and the general public to celebrate the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Cooper-Hewitt will also promote design events hosted by organizations and institutions across the country and globally through a clickable online map at

National Design Week is held in conjunction with Cooper-Hewitt’s most visible public education program, the National Design Awards. Now in their second decade, the awards recognize the best in American design across a range of disciplines. The award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Oct. 17 in New York.

“Launched in 2006, National Design Week makes great design widely accessible and visible through a wide range of events and programs for people of all ages,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “It’s truly thrilling to see design celebrated across the nation, from Cooper-Hewitt’s Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition opening in Winston-Salem, N.C. to a design festival in Portland, Ore., and of course all the design events being held at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem. Check out for a map that details 200 plus design events happening during National Design Week.”

Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Week programs include:

Target Design Kids: Todd Oldham Studio Family Workshop; Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York)
Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to create modern design pieces from everyday and recycled materials with Todd Oldham and crew. Free. Advance registration required.

Drop-in on Design: Family Programs; Monday, Oct. 14–Friday, Oct. 18, 4–6 p.m.
Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York)
“Drop-in on Design” allows families to explore design through fun hands-on activities led by our Design Educators. Free. Advance registration required.

NYC Teen Design Fair; Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
Parsons The New School for Design, David M. Schwartz Fashion Education Center (560 Seventh Avenue, New York)
New York City high school students are invited to learn about careers in design. Design colleges from around the country will also be on hand to provide admissions and scholarship information. Free. Advance registration required.

National Design Awards Winners’ Panel; Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7–8:30 p.m.Parsons The New School for Design, David M. Schwartz Fashion Education Center (560 Seventh Avenue, New York)
National Design Award winners participate in a panel discussion about the state of contemporary design in America. Free. Advance registration required. This program will be webcast live at

Harlem Focus | Fabric Printing: Creating Fashionable Impressions; Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York)
Fabric print designer N’Ketiah Brakohiapa is a native of Ghana, now residing in New York. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, he currently teaches at the Institute and has produced fabric designs for an array of commercial and private clients. N’Ketiah will speak about his process and how his move to Harlem has influenced his work.

Target Design Kids: Design Tales; Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Thursday, Oct. 17, 10–11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cooper-Hewitt Design Center (111 Central Park North, New York)
Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in interactive reading sessions that focus on design-based books. Free. Advance registration required.

The 2013 National Design Award recipients are:
• Lifetime Achievement: James Wines
• Design Mind: Michael Sorkin
• Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED
• Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects
• Communication Design: Paula Scher
• Fashion Design: Behnaz Sarafpour
• Interaction Design: Local Projects
• Interior Design: Aidlin Darling Design
• Landscape Architecture: Margie Ruddick
• Product Design: NewDealDesign
• Design Patron: Janette Sadik-Khan

National Design Week is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Target.

National Design Awards are made possible in part by Procter and Gamble and SodaStream. Additional support is provided in part by Design Within Reach. National Design Award trophies are created by The Corning Museum of Glass. is powered by Behance. Media sponsorship is provided by Smithsonian magazine.

National Design Awards and National Design Week professional supporters include AIGA | the professional association for design, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects, Industrial Designers Society of America, Interaction Design Association and International Interior Design Association.

About Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
As the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, Cooper-Hewitt educates, inspires and empowers people locally and globally through design. The museum is undergoing a transformative renovation resulting in 60 percent more gallery space and will reopen in fall 2014 with an entirely new visitor experience. During the renovation, Cooper-Hewitt’s exhibitions, education programs and events are popping up nationally as well as locally at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem.