Graphic Design—Now in Production

On View: 
Saturday, May 26, 2012 to Monday, September 3, 2012

Open weekends and holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm
Building 110, Governors Island, New York.
Free Admission.

Directions and free ferry schedule

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, Graphic Design—Now in Production explores some of the most vibrant sectors and genres of graphic design today.

The rise of user-generated content, alternative methods of printing and distribution, and the wide dissemination of creative software, have opened up new opportunities for design. Featuring works produced since 2000, Graphic Design explores the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters; the expansion of branding programs for corporations, subcultures and nations; the entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.

We are pleased to announce that Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum staff will be available to discuss the exhibition with visitors Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays from 11:00am-5:00pm. Staff can be identified by the “Ask Me” button they are wearing.


Exhibition catalog

The 240-page exhibition catalog features important original essays by leading designers, which tackle themes such as the changing roles of reading and writing within the context of new technologies and self-publishing; the nature of design labor and production, from blue-collar handcraft and making to white-collar design thinking and strategy; and the impact and influence design programs and schools have had on shaping the direction of contemporary graphic design. 

Purchase online - US$40 ($36 Members)


GlassLab, the Corning Museum’s live glass design program, features a team of expert glassmakers, who work alongside graphic designers included in Cooper-Hewitt’s current exhibition, Graphic Design−Now in Production, to create innovative pieces that reflect themes from the exhibition, based on the designers's ideas, concepts, and sketches. The GlassLab program has provided acclaimed designers with the opportunity to experiment with glassmaking technology and to share with the public a firsthand view of the design and production process since 2007.

June 30- 1pm-Eric Ku, 3pm-James Victore, 5pm-Mike Perry
July 1- 1pm-Eric Ku, 3pm-Chris + Dominic Leong, 5pm-Q Cassetti
July 7- 1pm-Helen Lee, 3pm-James Victore, 5pm-Leon Ransmeier
July 8- 1pm-Mike Perry, 3pm-Helen Lee, 5pm-Leon Ransmeier
July 14- 1pm-Keetra Dean Dixon & JK Keller, 3pm-Chris + Dominic Leong, 5pm-Leon Ransmeier
July 15-1pm-Keetra Dean Dixon & JK Keller, 3pm-(tbd), 5pm-Peter Buchanan-Smith
July 21- 1pm-Peter Buchanan-Smith, 3pm-Inna Alesina, 5pm-Paul Sahre
July 22- 1pm-Peter Buchanan-Smith, 3pm-Inna Alesina, 5pm-Paul Sahre
July 28- 1pm-Abbott Miller, 3pm-David Weeks, 5pm-Georgie Stout
July 291pm-Abbott Miller, 3pm- David Weeks, 5pm-Georgie Stout