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Bad Design / Good Design

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Thursday June 24, 2010

It’s hard to find examples of bad design that you can publish on a blog. I don’t suppose that’s surprising, as we all want to tell stories about our successes, but we’re happier when the failures fade into the gloom of obscurity.

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Chicago

Posted by Caroline Baumann, on Wednesday June 23, 2010

Recently in Chicago for NeoCon and the the unveiling of the Architecture & Design Galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoyed showroom after showroom, despite the dizzying effect of the Merchandise Mart!

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2010 National Design Awards

Posted by Caroline Payson, on Thursday June 17, 2010

Today Cooper-Hewitt announced the winners of the 11th annual National Design Awards. The entire list of winners and finalists is here.

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Designer David Trubridge answers why design?

Posted by Cynthia E. Smith, on Tuesday June 08, 2010

It is not primarily to do with recyclable materials, efficient material use. To me these are the basic givens of design — any good design automatically does this by default. If not, it is not good design.

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Understanding the American Experience

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Wednesday June 02, 2010

The final grand challenge posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian is explained by the sentence:

“America is an increasingly diverse society that shares a history, ideals, and an indomitable, innovative spirit."

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Valuing World Cultures – Bill Moggridge

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Monday May 24, 2010

The third of the grand challenges posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian is explained by the sentence:

“As a steward and ambassador of cultural connections, with a presence in some 100 countries and expertise and collections that encompass the globe, we will build bridges of mutual respect, and present the diversity of world cultures and the joy of creativity with accuracy, insight, and reverence.”

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Wednesday May 19, 2010

This is the second of the grand challenges posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian, with the explanatory sentence:

“We will use our resources across scientific museums and centers to significantly advance our knowledge and understanding of life on earth, respond to the growing threat of environmental change, and sustain human well-being.”

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Inside ICFF 2010

Posted by Debbie Ahn, on Tuesday May 18, 2010

Design Watch Members got an insider’s look at the 22nd annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair with Cooper-Hewitt’s deputy curatorial director Matilda McQuaid

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Monday May 17, 2010

This is the first of the grand challenges posed by Secretary Wayne Clough for the new strategic plan of the Smithsonian. Here’s the explanatory sentence:

“We will continue to lead the quest to understand the fundamental nature of the cosmos, using next-generation technologies to explore our own solar system, meteorites, the Earth’s geological past and present, and the paleontology of our planet.”

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Smithsonian Stats

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Wednesday May 12, 2010

Here’s some impressive trivia:

Q – How many Museums are there in the Smithsonian? A – 19, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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