Design News

Clearview Project

Posted by Gail S. Davidson, on Friday September 30, 2011

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has just acquired its first digital font, the Clearview family of typefaces. Featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s 2010 National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? exhibition, Clearview is a beautiful example of design as a form of social activism.

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Students Aim “High” With Interaction Design Projects

Posted by Katie Alarcon, on Tuesday September 27, 2011

High-school students in New York City are part of an ever increasing digital generation. They not only have an extensive knowledge about social media tools and technology— but also use it on a daily basis.

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High School Students Visit the Glass House

Posted by Marianna Siciliano, on Tuesday September 27, 2011

Cooper-Hewitt Youth Programs students were in for an exciting excursion when they ventured outside the city to nearby New Canaan, Connecticut. They visited Philip Johnson’s Glass House and received a two-hour tour of the extensive campus.

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Designing Media - Rich Archuleta

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Tuesday September 27, 2011

This is the sixth interview in Chapter 4 in my new book, Designing Media.

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Ready, Set, Design!

Posted by Caroline Payson, on Friday September 09, 2011

Ready, Set, Design is one of our favorite group activities, for adults and kids alike, at Cooper-Hewitt. It’s a highly adaptable design challenge that can jump-start collaborative and creative thinking in any group.

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Posted by Katie Shelly, on Tuesday August 30, 2011

One of the joys of design is its relentless pursuit of variation ... Shoelust is a blog devoted to a familiar material mainstay: the shoe.

Shoelust, shoes, blog, images

How Design Thinking Led to a Beautiful LED Lamp

Posted by Jocelyn Groom, on Wednesday August 24, 2011

This September, Switch Lightbulbs will launch its twenty-first-century version of the ubiquitous incandescent bulb, which is slated to be phased out in the United States starting in 2012, according to the Energy Independence and Security Act authorized in Congress in 2007.

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Students Create Unique Prints with Sena Yang

Posted by Katie Alarcon, on Tuesday August 23, 2011

Celebrated fashion designer Sena Yang, creator of her namesake line SENA, led a two-session fashion workshop at Cooper-Hewitt for high-school students.

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Haiti Cultural Recovery Project - Part 1

Posted by Sarah Scaturro, on Tuesday August 23, 2011

From July 11 to 24, 2011, Cooper-Hewitt Assistant Registrar Bethany Romanowski and I were in Port-au-Prince, Haiti as participants in the Smithsonian’s Haiti Cultural Recovery Program.

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Hugh Dubberly Explains Convergence

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Monday August 22, 2011

... Do you know Hugh Dubberly? Nowadays he runs the Dubberly Design Office in San Francisco.

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