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Social Impact Design Summit

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Tuesday February 21, 2012

What? Design is a process that can solve problems, and socially responsible design is design that seeks to solve problems which vex the world’s poor and marginalized communities. Simply put, socially responsible design uses innovation and the tools of design to improve access to services such as healthcare and education and increase social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

social impact, design summit, socially responsible, problem solving, communities, services, access

4 Questions 4: Critter and Guitari

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Wednesday February 15, 2012

We got in touch with Critter & Guitari, electronic instrument designers from Philadelphia, to ask them four questions about their practice of design, music, and art.

4 Questions 4, Critter and Guitari, music, electronic instruments, instruments

2012 Scholars Program

Posted by Monica Harriss, on Wednesday February 08, 2012

Cooper-Hewitt’s DesignPrep is a series of free design-education programs that introduces New York City high-school students to collegiate and career opportunities in design. Participating students attend design workshops with professional designers, visit design colleges as well as designers’ studios, and engage in professional development.

designprep, Scholars Program, 2012, high school students, Teens, youth, New York City, NYC, career opportunities

Target: Design in the Classroom

Posted by Micah Walter, on Friday February 03, 2012

Target: Design in the Classroom is an innovative new program that brings Cooper-Hewitt, to NYC schools. This video shows a kids-eye-view into a full day of design workshops at P.S. 124 in South Ozone, Queens.

Design in the Classroom, target, education, program, Workshop, school-age, K-12, k12, students, New York City, NYC

Object of the Month - February 2012: Knoll Textiles

Posted by Susan Brown, on Wednesday February 01, 2012

For over seventy years, Knoll has been a leader in modern workplace furnishings and textiles. Cooper-Hewitt recently added forty pieces of Knoll textiles and furniture to the collection, most of which were recently seen in the exhibition Knoll Textiles: 1945–2010 at the Bard Graduate Center Museum in New York.

Object of the Month, textiles, Knoll, workplace, furnishings, acquisitions

Cooper-Hewitt Visits Smart Design

Posted by Katie Shelly, on Friday January 27, 2012

Cooper-Hewitt recently acquired several original prototypes and drawings used to develop OXO's Good Grips product line. Cooper-Hewitt curators identified this line for the museum's collection because the products were a game-changing innovation iconic of late 20th century design.

SmartDesign, products, product design, product development, oxo, good grips, icon, 20th century, acquisitions

Scher Abundance

Posted by Bill Moggridge, on Friday January 27, 2012

There is a show called MAPS at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery exhibiting an abundant selection of cartographic paintings by Paula Scher of Pentagram, including pieces painted between 1998 and 2010. You don’t realize how big these paintings are when you see them online or reproduced as prints—for example, the World Trade map from 2010 is 92” high by 157” wide.

Paula Scher, Pentagram, cartographic, paintings, map, MAPS, big

Constructive Maps

Posted by Sharon Haar, on Thursday January 26, 2012

Descriptions of the world’s informal settlements are often filled with two kinds of figures – images of families living and working in deeply impoverished conditions are matched with global urbanization statistics. Mediating between these two types of information is the process of enumeration and community mapping.

MAPS, map making, advocacy, citizen, enumeration, community mapping, Hull-House, Florence Kelley, interactive websites, living project, Ushahidi, Voice of Kibera, local

4 Questions 4: Matt Webb

Posted by Seb Chan, on Wednesday January 25, 2012

Here’s the first installment of our new series, 4 Questions 4, which poses four questions to designers who work primarily in the technology and media space. Our first guest is Matt Webb, CEO and Principal of London-based design studio Berg.

4 Questions 4, Matt Webb, BERG, technology, media space

Frederic Church Collection featured at the Met's new American wing

Posted by Gail S. Davidson, on Monday January 23, 2012

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s collection of over 2,000 oil sketches and graphite drawings by Frederic Church was mentioned recently in the New York Times in connection with the reopening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing.

Frederic Church, painter, sketches, oil, drawings, graphite, 19th century, landscape, American, Hudson River School, Metropolitan Museum of Art