Cooper-Hewitt: Design in the Face of Disaster

Friday July 13, 2012

Moderator Chris Hacker, Chief Design Officer for Johnson & Johnson, leads a discussion on how design can alleviate some of the innumerable problems facing Haiti right now.

UNICEF, Design Tools, Haiti Earthquake, Chris Hacker, Pierre Fouche, Anna Muoio, Jean-Cedric Meeus, Gerald Martone, rebulding, disaster response, panel, talk, long, public program

Quicktake: Rodarte

Friday July 13, 2012

The making of any exhibition is a fascinating and complex project. This video gives you a sense of what happened behind the scenes in the run up to the opening of Quicktake: Rodarte. Hear from Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Acting Director Caroline Baumann and Curator Gregory Krum.

Quicktake, Rodarte, Fashion Design, Laura Mulleavy, Kate Mulleavy, sisters, Caroline Baumann, Gregory Krum, Nordstrom

Quicktake: Tata Nano

Friday July 13, 2012

Quicktake: Tata Nano—The People's Car
On view February 18 - April 25, 2010

Unveiled last year in India by Tata Motors, India's largest automobile manufacturer, the Tata Nano is targeted to families who had not previously been able to afford a car. Billed as "the people's car," the base model starts at $2,500 in India and can accommodate up to five adults. A bright, sunshine yellow Nano will be on display in Cooper-Hewitt's Great Hall, along with diagrams and photos illustrating its concept, development and production.

Tata Nano, Quicktake, Automobile Design, car, India, installation

Cooper-Hewitt: Chip Kidd + Milton Glaser

Friday July 13, 2012

Chip Kidd, National Design Award winner in 2007 for Communications Design, speaks with Milton Glaser, National Design Award winner in 2004 for Lifetime Achievement, on work, ideas, and loving New York.

Chip Kidd, Milton Glaser, graphic design, book jacket, book cover, Philip Roth, winner, National Design Awards, Design USA Contemporary Innovation, Exhibition, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Design for Humans

Friday July 13, 2012

Join the Cooper-Hewitt for a conversation on user-centered design with National Design Award Winners and Finalists who have been recognized for their contribution to the field of Product Design. Moderated by Jesse Ashlock, former Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine.

A pioneer of ergonomic design, Niels Diffrient is driven by the need to improve the way existing products work. For Diffrient, the key to human factors, is getting enough data so you really understand whats happening with the body, mind, social context. You let the user drive design.

Sigi Moeslinger, Antenna Design, Niels Diffrient, Dan Formosa, Smart USA, 2010, Jesse Ashlock, I.D. Magazine, product, Ergonomic, panel, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Voices in American Fashion

Friday July 13, 2012

Washington Post Style Editor Robin Givhan, leads a conversation with past National Design Award Winners Francisco Costa (Womens Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection), Yeohlee Teng, and Maria Cornejo about their work and the role of fashion in contemporary culture. Their designs are featured in Design USA: Contemporary Innovation.

Fashion Design, Washington Post, Style Editor, Robin Givhan, Francisco Costa, Calvin Klein, Yeohlee Teng, Maria Cornejo, Zero USA, panel, talk, long, public program

Cooper-Hewitt: Cherry Blossom by Antenna

Friday July 13, 2012

Industrial designers Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger are partners in the firm Antenna. Udagawa and Moeslinger create functional products for complex systems.

For the 2003 Triennial (Inside Design Now), Antenna created a shower of cherry blossoms. Petals float and cluster in relation to the number of visitors traversing the Museum's grand staircase, creating a satisfying symmetry between the electrodes that trigger the blossoms and the nerve endings they touch in us.

Cherry Blossom, Antenna, Industrial Design, Inside Design Now, Exhibition, 2003

Why Design Now?: AGV (automotrice á grande vitesse) [high-speed self-propelled train]

Friday July 13, 2012

Why? Trains are among the most sustainable forms of transportation, and the AGV is at the forefront of high-speed, energy-efficient train design. Ninety-eight percent of the train is built from recyclable materials, its traction systems and low weight are energy-efficient, and its permanent-magnet synchronous motors and regenerative braking system create electricity and minimize energy loss.

AGV, automotrice á grande vitesse, trains, high speed, self-propelled, recyclable, materials, energy efficient, Alstom, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Modular Prosthetic-limb System

Friday July 13, 2012

Why? The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored research for this configurable bionic-arm prototype, which mimics the speed and dexterity of a natural limb. Neural-integration strategies are being tested to control the arm and restore sensory feedback, from injectable myoelectric sensors that transmit signals instructing movement to muscle reinnervation, allowing for thought-controlled prostheses.

Modular Prosthetic limb System, prosthetic, bionic, sensory, sensors, reinnervation, thought-controlled, DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Power Aware Cord

Friday July 13, 2012

Why? Most people have no sense of their energy usage until they receive their monthly utility bill. The Power Aware cord is a poetic gesture that indicates energy is flowing to an appliance through glowing pulses and intensity of light. For instance, changing the volume on stereo equipment becomes immediately visible, as does the silent drain of electricity from appliances on standby.

Power Aware cord, energy usage, visualization, light, Interactive Institute, Why Design Now, Exhibition