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Ben Cerveny on Planetary
In 2013, Cooper Hewitt acquired the iPad music application Planetary, developed by Bloom Studio Inc., along with the underlying source code. The code was freely released to enable developers to build upon and incorporate it into other software design. Planetary represents an important branch of interactive data visualization, which was a first in the consumer...
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Annual Fund
Make an annual fund gift today to the new Cooper Hewitt to help complete the full transformation of the museum. Your support will help to achieve the final phase of Cooper Hewitt’s incredible renovation and expansion—the transformation of the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden—a rare gem of open space in Manhattan.
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...
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Week 1: July 20–24
Graphic Design Now
 (Ages 7–12) 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. 

 Guest Designer:...
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Week 2: July 27–31
Architecture Unleashed (Ages 7–12)
 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. Guest Designer: Nick Richardson
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Week 3: August 3–7

Wearable Design
 (Ages 7–12) This one-week fashion workshop will engage campers in hands-on activities involving texture, pattern, form, and structure. Campers will design their own line of clothing and accessories that will make a statement about their own personal style. From mood boards to textiles, footwear to new technologies, campers will experience the process of...
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Week 4: August 10–14

Product Perfect (Ages 7-12) 
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. Guest Designer: Oscar Lopez
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...