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Cooper-Hewitt: Design Your Life with Ellen Lupton


Ellen Lupton has been Cooper-Hewitt's curator of contemporary design since 1992. Her new book, Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (St. Martins Press, May 2009), is co-authored with her twin sister Julia. Design Your Life takes an irreverent and realistic look at everything from toasters, bras, and pillows to housekeeping and procrastination. Speaking to readers who are both design-conscious and consumer-wary, Design Your Life taps into the popular interest in design as well as peoples desire to make their own way through a mass-produced world.
graphic design, women and design, productivity, signage, toasters, ergonomics, behavior, toilet paper, design thinking, Ellen Lupton, office design, smart appliances, Design Your Life, visibility principle, talk, long, public program

Clearview Project


Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has just acquired its first digital font, the Clearview family of typefaces. Featured in Cooper-Hewitt’s 2010 National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? exhibition, Clearview is a beautiful example of design as a form of social activism.
font, digital, Clearview, type design, Donald Meeker, James Montalbano, acquisition, highway sign, signage, legibility, readability, visibility, contrast, drivers, seniors

Subway Success


I lived in New York for a few months in 1965, when people were afraid to stand on a station platform alone, or board a train without protection from friends, and there was a police officer in every car. What a contrast from this week, when I rode the Lexington Avenue Express downtown to attend a talk by Masamichi Udagawa. 
New York City, NYC, subway, improvements, Masamichi Udagawa, Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna, cars, Information, signage, Metropolitan Transit Authority, MTA, MetroCard, Help Point Intercom, local, solutions, infrastructure, product design, Installations, 96th Street, station, Broadway, Cherry Blossom, staircase, interactive, Triennial, 2003