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New Digital Type: Restraint


One of the pieces featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s “Digital Typography” installation is a booklet published by Fox River paper company in 2006, showcasing the masterful lettering designs of Marian Bantjes, a designer living off the coast of Vancouver.    
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Illustrated Children’s Books from the Cooper-Hewitt Collection


Over the past several weeks, I explored the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Museum Library’s collection of illustrated children’s books as part of the Arts Intern program through Studio in a School.
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Valuing World Cultures – Bill Moggridge


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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Flowing Forms


Design Watch Members of the Museum had a preview of the 2010 New York International Automobile Show this week. Phil Patton led the group – he’s the design critic and author who knows lots about whatever moves you and writes the Wheels blog for NYTimes.com.
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Voices in American Fashion


Last night at Cooper-Hewitt, Washington Post Style Editor Robin Givhan lead a conversation with past National Design Award Winners Francisco Costa (Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection), Yeohlee Teng, and Maria Cornejo about their work and the role of fashion in contemporary culture. 
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Design Miami 2009


Design Watch Members recently explored the international design and contemporary art scene in Miami, including exclusive private collection visits and special events with design luminaries.
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Meier 75


Personally, I am partial to Richard Meier’s approach to architecture. According to Meier, a building is an act of “willful artificiality;” a “man-made” spatial construct that functions as a receptacle for experiencing the world of nature. 
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Janice Arnold Sketches


During a visit to Cooper-Hewitt about a year and a half ago, West-coast felt-maker Janice Arnold was intrigued by the form of the museum’s conservatory. Its domed roof and iron mullions resemble the radiating struts of the framework of a yurt—the circular tent dwelling of the nomadic tribes who first created felt.
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