Design News

Remembering Red Burns (1925-2013)

Wednesday August 28, 2013

Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of Red Burns, who was a pioneering force in shaping the interactive media world as a designer and educator. The museum was proud to honor Red with the Design Patron award last year, in recognition of her outstanding support and patronage within the design community.

interactive design, innovator, experimental

NYC Teachers Register Now for a Free Design Workshop

Posted by Kimberly Cisneros, on Wednesday August 21, 2013

This is the third year Cooper-Hewitt's Design Educators are going into New York City schools and leading free design workshops!  We are excited to bring in some new design challenges to the classrooms.  Registration is now available on-line for the 2013-2014 school year. 


Cooper-Hewitt Hits Social Media Milestones

Posted by Jennifer Northrop, on Thursday August 15, 2013

Cooper-Hewitt has just surpassed 50,000 followers on Twitter and 25,000 fans on Facebook! 

social media, design, Twitter, Facebook

Meet the Staff: Alvaro Imbrett

Posted by Alvaro Imbrett, on Thursday August 08, 2013

Alvaro Imbrett shares his experiences working in the facilities department at Cooper-Hewitt.

meet the staff, design, facilities

Focusing on School Improvement

Posted by Caroline Payson, on Wednesday July 24, 2013

Cooper-Hewitt's Education team spent an amazing week in New Orleans with 26 educators from New York City, San Antonio, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Although their day jobs include teaching subjects from across the curriculum, including math and science as well as social studies and history, they all became designers for the week and solved a design challenge that focused on school improvement.

education, design, summer, New Orleans, design thinking

Meet the Staff: Sarah Freeman

Posted by Sarah Freeman, on Wednesday July 10, 2013

Sarah Freeman, Public Education Manager, shares her experiences working at Cooper-Hewitt.

meet the staff, education, design center

Remembering Sam Farber

Posted by Cindy Trope, on Friday June 21, 2013

It is with great sadness that Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of businessman and self-described “design junkie,” Sam Farber. The founder of the kitchenware companies Copco and OXO, Farber truly understood what design can do to improve the quality of life. He recognized that good design reflects not just aesthetic appeal, but enhances the emotional, behavioral, and social aspects of everyday activities.

design, oxo, farber, good grips

Remembering Niels Diffrient

Posted by Ellen Lupton, on Friday June 14, 2013

Niels Diffrient loved many things, from airplanes to ice dancing. He loved his three children and his wife Helena Hernmarck, the internationally known tapestry artist. Encircling those close attachments was his abiding love for people. Human beings were the ultimate subject of Niels Diffrient’s world-changing career. Calling himself an “ombudsman between the user and his circumstance,” he believed that product design should start with human needs and human experience and end with aesthetic considerations.

User-centered design, Niels Diffrient, National Design Awards

Meet the Staff: Nick Golebiewski

Posted by Nick Golebiewski, on Tuesday June 11, 2013

Nick Golebiewski, Membership Associate, shares his experience working at Cooper-Hewitt.

meet the staff, development

And the 2013 National Design Award winners are...

Posted by Vassiliki Giannopoulos, on Thursday May 09, 2013

National Design Awards