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Design By Hand | Ralph Rucci
Public Lecture: Join us as Ralph Rucci talks about his creative process, inspiration, and the role of the hand in his work. About the Design by Hand series: Launched in fall 2013 with the iconic Finnish brand Marimekko, the Design by Hand series focuses on the craftsmanship, innovations, and merits of contemporary global designers. Special...
pink block letters on a yellow background
Week 1: July 20–24
Graphic Design Now
 (Ages 7–8 & 9–10) From billboards to books, car ads to cereal boxes, graphic design is all around us. Campers will dive deep into the anatomy of graphic design with the exhibition How Posters Work, discovering how designers use text as image, manipulate scale, and tell a story that gets our attention. 


rough pen and ink sketch of a greenhouse-like structure
Week 2: July 27–31
Architecture Unleashed (Ages 7–8 & 9–10)
 This crash course in architecture will take campers on a journey beyond the rectangular office building. Environment, engineering, and technology will collide as campers design the future of our built environment, drawing inspiration from the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.
Sketch of a man in sunglasses wearing a large striped cape
Week 3: August 3–7

Wearable Design
 (Ages 7–8 & 11–12) This one-week fashion workshop will engage campers in hands-on activities with texture, pattern, form, and structure. They’ll also create mood boards and accessories as they work to make a statement about their personal style.
green plastic urn with radiating lines on a gray background
Week 4: August 10–14

Product Perfect (Ages 9–10 & 11–12) 
Campers will explore five centuries of product design in the museum’s Making Design collection. Then, guided by a client and design brief, they’ll sketch, tinker, sculpt, and design products that can revolutionize our daily lives.
Design Talks I Game Changers: Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO
Announcing “Game Changers,” a new series of design conversations with influential and innovative practitioners, thinkers, and industry leaders across design disciplines. The series launches on April 21, with a conversation between Cooper Hewitt Senior Curator of Contemporary Design Ellen Lupton and game changer Tim Brown, the CEO and President of IDEO, a world-renowned innovation and...
Beautiful Users | Hacking Consumer Goods
Personal 3D printing technologies are moving design and manufacturing into the hands of users, allowing makers to create—and share—digital files for producing physical objects. Hacking, long associated with penetrating the secrets of software, has extended its conquest to the world of physical things. Users are now taking apart and reassembling consumer products, treating the world...
A color photo of two brides holding hands, and mouths open as though yelling. One woman with a thought bubble that reads: “Not what I had / in mind!” They are standing on a table covered with silver and china. Across the poster, in pink: “Is it worth being / Boring / for a Blender?” Lower margin: “GAY MARRIAGE / You might as well be straight.” Upper left: “Poster sponsored / in part by / HX FOR HER / NEW YORK CITY”. Upper right: “ANOTHER PUBLIC ART PROJECT BROUGHT TO YOU BY / DAM! [DYKE ACTION MACHINE] / dam@echonyc.com.
Gays Against Gay Marriage
This provocative poster was designed in 1997, one year after the US Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act. Known simply as “DOMA,” the Act barred same-sex married couples from being recognized by federal law. The poster is the work of Dyke Action Machine!, a New York activist duo consisting of photographer Sue Schaffner and...
Robot Invasion: Are Smart Products Running Your Life?
Advanced robotic prosthetics are breaking down the difference between human and machine, while consumer products equipped with cameras, sensors, and software seek to observe and learn from our behavior. As smart phones, thermostats, and robotic vacuum cleaners become more autonomous and lifelike, people develop emotional relationships with them. Join Cooper Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton as...