Ellen Lupton

New Digital Type: Restraint


One of the pieces featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s “Digital Typography” installation is a booklet published by Fox River paper company in 2006, showcasing the masterful lettering designs of Marian Bantjes, a designer living off the coast of Vancouver.    
digital, type, typography, font, recent acquisitions, digital typography, installation, graphic design, type design, post-modern, gail davidson, curator, Ellen Lupton, contemporary, typefaces, Marian Bantjes, Restraint, sinuous, Modular

"Green" Exhibition Design


Most people go to exhibitions to look at the objects. Eggheads go to read the labels. Design geeks (and museum professionals like myself) want to study the installation itself.
Design for a LIving World, Exhibition, design, Pentagram, sustainable, practices, images, Ami Vitale, photojournalist, aluminum, panels, reflection, light, biodegradable, direct-to-substrate-dye-sublimation, printing, embed, durable, scratch-resistant, recyclable, shingles, Jeremy Hoffman, graphic designer, models, montages, expense, comparison, materials, reduction, Open, scaffolds, informal, techniques, FSC, certified, Medite II, fiberboard, recovered, formaldehyde-free, resin, Chul R KIm

Feeding Desire Goes to Delaware


Just in time for the marathon eating season to begin, Cooper-Hewitt’s exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table is open at the Winterthur, a fantastic museum of decorative arts located in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley.
Feeding Desire, Exhibition, tableware, Winterthur, Brandywine Valley, Delaware, collection, Study Day, sarah coffin, curator, special events

Slideshow: Celebrating Design at the White House


On Monday, July 14, Mrs. Laura Bush hosted the winners and finalists of the 2008 National Design Awards at a brunch reception at the White House.
National Design Awards, nda, 2008, winners, finalists, reception, White House, Washington, DC, First Lady, Laura Bush, presentation, national seal, Charles Harrison, lifetime achievement, Sears, principals, Olin Partnership, landscape design, gala

National Design Triennial


Cooper-Hewitt invites you to submit ideas for our fourth Triennial exhibition, opening in 2010. We are looking for designers, firms, and projects from around the world that answer the question “Why design now?”
Triennial, Exhibition, Why Design Now, 2010, submissions, tool, problem solving, trends, creativity, social, sustainability, accessibility, universality, fair trade, conservation, health, education, capitalism, underserved, populations, systems, services, networks, products, experience, solutions, beautiful, just, invention, inventive, series, development, public input, ideas, nominations

Slideshow: Miss Rococo


Intimate and ornate, rococo design has long been associated with feminine taste. Madame de Pompadour, the official mistress of Louis XV, was one of the supreme patrons of the rococo style. In 1990 artist Cindy Sherman pictured herself as Madame de Pompadour, emblazoning her image on a porcelain tureen commissioned by Artes Magnus.
rococo, Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV, mistress, patron, Cindy Sherman, image, tureen, Artes Magnus, curvaceous, female, François Boucher, Alphonse Mucha, opportunity, create, domestic sphere, handicrafts, Rococo: The Continuing Curve, Exhibition, women, creators, sensual, organic, sinuous, slides

Design Life Now in Boston


On September 28, Design Life Now will open at the Boston Institute of Comtemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, where it will be on view through January 6.
Design Life Now, traveling exhibitions, Triennial, exhibitions, installation, Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA, Triennial, Michael Meredith, ICA building, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, 2007

Design Education for Everyone


An amazing group of teachers just spent the week at Cooper-Hewitt, participating in our on-going City of Neighborhoods program for educators. This year, the museum invited around forty teachers from New Orleans to take part in a week-long study of how design can work in the classroom, with a focus on exploring one’s local community. 
design education, education, educators, teachers, training, participation, City of Neighborhoods, program, New Orleans, New York City, NYC, neighborhood, Chinatown, classroom, local, community, subjects, disciplines, Educator Resource Center, ERC, thinking, learning

Graphic Design as Consumer Product


One of the themes looked at in the Triennial is the rise of graphic design as a consumer product. It used to be that graphic design was strictly a business-to-business service.
Triennial, graphic design, consumer, product, business-to-business, B2B, service, access, professional quality, software, fonts, printing, services, Blik, precut, vinyl graphics, applied, direct-to-consumer, commodity, commodification, DIY, vector-based, image file, sign company

Low Cost and Value


Several weeks ago while in the exhibition speaking to two museum directors I found myself pulled away by two engaged visitors. Ruth Yoffe, a product/retail/branding designer, and Elisabeth M de Morentin who is a recent graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology overheard my conversation with the two directors and wanted to discuss their insights with me.
Ruth Yoffe, Elisabeth M de Morentin, costs, Display, Bamboo Treadle Pump, One Laptop per Child, OLPC, AMD, Personal Internet Communicator, Ceramic Water Filters, Drip Irrigation System, International Development Enterprises, IDE, Water Storage System, Global Village Shelter, Jaipur Foot, Kenya Ceramic Jiko, Kinkajour Projector and Library, LifeStraw, Mad Housers Hut, Q-Drum, StarSight, MoneyMaker Pumps, Sugarcane Charcoal, Solar Aid, Pot-in-Pot Cooler, low cost, affordable, inexpensive, online, discussion, Corporate Knights, publish, Julia Novy-Hildesley, Lemelson Foundation, value, return on investment, ROI, poor, productivity, enhancing, enhance, technology

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