Design News

Teens Build-A-Brand

Posted by Halima Johnson, on Friday March 08, 2013

Twenty-four sessions of the Hive Fashion Build-A-Brand workshop culminated in a finale celebration last week where students presented their designs to professional designers from Christpher Bevans Atelier and the Roc Apparel Group (including Billionaire Boys Club and Rocawear), as well as friends, family, and Cooper-Hewitt staff.

Teen Design, designprep, Hive Fashion

DesignPrep: Curating Interaction Design

Posted by Matthew J. Kennedy, on Friday March 08, 2013

From cutting-edge karaoke to interactive chair mazes, students envision museum exhibitions of the future.

designprep, interactive exhibition, prototype, social media, education, Teens, Interaction Design

Meet the Staff: Kelly Gorman

Posted by Kelly Gorman, on Thursday March 07, 2013

Kelly Gorman, Grants Manager in the Development Department, shares her experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.

meet the staff, development, grants manager

Design and Food Journal 03: Slowing Down

Posted by Andrea Lipps, on Thursday February 28, 2013

Over the past few months, a number of design and food trends have been catching my attention. One is the idea of slowing down, inherent in the work of many student design projects I’ve recently seen. Afterall, what can (hopefully) inspire us to slow down more than food? When preparing it, we are held to food’s properties and ritualized making. When eating it, we savor the present moment when a delicious bite hits our tongue. In harvesting it, we respect its cycles. The mass production of food during the twentieth century gave us bland, processed, and thoughtless food experiences that many designers, chefs, farmers, artisans, and others are seeking to overturn with an emphasis on rediscovering our gastronomical roots. Design students are very much a part of this conversation, proposing solutions that provide provocative commentary.

Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, student work, ECAL, Design Academy Eindhoven, Jinhyun Jeon, Coen de Koning, Laurent Beirnaert, Pierre Bouvier, Paul Tubiana

Digital Badges for Real World Learning

Posted by Halima Johnson, on Wednesday February 27, 2013

The Cooper-Hewitt DesignPrep program  (one of 30 winners of the Digital Media and Learning Competition) is supporting lifelong learning through the integration of digital badges.

badges, education

DesignPrep Scholars: Prototyping Interactive Experiences for the Cooper-Hewitt

Posted by Othilla Wlodarczyk, on Wednesday February 27, 2013

Interaction design is not just about the way an individual interacts with his or her surroundings, it is about bringing people together and starting conversations. On February 4th at Cooper-Hewitt’s uptown Design Center, this was the theme for our group of Design Scholars’ most recent workshop. We held our first meeting with a few user experience (UX) designers from Local Projects, a New-York based media design firm..

designprep, scholars, Teens, education, museum, Interaction Design, fashion design, graphic design

Design In the Classroom helps students solve problems "outside the box"

Posted by Kimberly Cisneros, on Monday February 25, 2013

As manager of school and tours at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum I have the great opportunity to see design come alive in classrooms all over NYC. It's also thrilling when I can chat with a teacher who has implemented one of our workshop programs and has seen the exciting results. I interviewed Aviva Carmeli, Art Teacher at PS 131 Queens’ Abigail Adams Elementary School. We discussed Ms.

Design in the Classroom, school programs

Make: Workshops for Teens

Posted by Halima Johnson, on Monday February 25, 2013

Want to make a mobile app? Be a graphic designer? Prototype electronics? You can at the AIGA/NY MAKE: WORKSHOPS!

Teen Design, AIGA, Harlem

Social Impact and Design

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Thursday February 21, 2013

“There is much that members of this diverse, global community can learn from one another and from the constituents they serve.” - Design and Social Impact finding

“Where are the gaps? What are the models? How can we prepare the next generation of designers?” were the three topics a diverse group of leading practitioners and educators explored together at the Social Impact Design Summit in New York. Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Lemelson Foundation organized the one day convening to advance the burgeoning field of socially responsible design.

Intelligent Coalitions, social impact design, white paper, Social Impact Design Summit

Meet the Staff: Nate Wilcox

Thursday February 07, 2013

Nate Wilcox, Director of Operations, shares his experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.

museum, meet the staff