DesignFile: Cooper-Hewitt's ebook series

DesignFile is a line of ebooks on design writing and research accessible through any e-book reader for just US$2.99. New titles are added to the series throughout the year.


Design Cult

The Miser's Purse

Hacking Design

White Paper

Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research and practice chronicles the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit which brought together a diverse group of leading practitioners and educators explored the gaps, challenges, strategies to advance the burgeoning field of socially responsible design. Organized by Cooper-Hewitt, The Lemelson Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from the Surdna Foundation, the day-long event was held at The Rockefeller Foundation offices in New York.

Design Cult

Exhibition catalogs:

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Graphic Design—Now In Production

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES

Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels

Historical publications online

More than seventy-five titles highlighting the Museum’s collections, published between 1897 and 1987, are available online.

The Logic and Magic of Color

Kata-gami: Japanese stencils

Zoo Party

Studios & Workshops Today


About our publications

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is known for publications as diverse and comprehensive as its unparalleled collection of design works. These titles, related to the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and resources, are consistently recognized for their curatorial perspective, incisive scholarship, and design quality. The Museum has published hundreds of books covering a remarkable range of historic and contemporary design, from puppets and pop-up books to porcelain and Parisian costume design (and that’s just some of the “p’s”)!