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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.

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    Design and Social Impactby Cooper Hewitt

    An exploration of gaps, challenges, and strategies to advance the burgeoning field…

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.

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    Design Cultby Steven Heller

    An entertaining new collection of ruminations on the nature and future of…

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    The Miser’s Purseby Laura Camerlengo

    The story of how a small, decorative purse became deeply embedded in…

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    Hacking Designby Avinash Rajagopal

    Examining common histories and persisting misunderstandings between hackers and designers, from Makerbot…

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    Favelizationby Adriana Kertzer

    Examining the ways in which specific producers of contemporary Brazilian culture have…

Education Kit

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    K-12 Teacher Resource Packetby Cooper Hewitt Education

    This packet provides several resources on how to continue integrating design thinking…

Exhibition Catalogs


Browse titles available for purchase at The Shop Online. Museum members receive 10% off all Shop purchases. Become a member and save today!

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    Making Designby Cara McCarty and Matilda McQuaid

    To mark the occasion of Cooper Hewitt’s reopening, and virtual and physical…

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    Toolsby Cara McCarty and Matilda McQuaid

    From the earliest times to the present, tools have been at the…

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    Beautiful Usersby Ellen Lupton, Thomas Carpentier and Tiffany Lambert

    From user research to hacking, open source to maker culture, Beautiful Users…

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    My Favorite Thingsby Maira Kalman

    A poignant and witty meditation on the importance of both quotidian and…

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    Design Life Now (Softcover)by Barbara Bloemink, Brooke Hodge, Ellen Lupton, and Matilda McQuaid

    Celebrating the most creative and forward thinking designs, trends, and future horizons…

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    Tourism and the American Landscapeby Barbara Bloemink, Sarah Burns, Gail Davidson, and Karal Ann Marling

    Exploring the promotion of nature tourism in nineteenth-century America through Cooper-Hewitt's extraordinary…

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    New Design from Israelby Ellen Lupton and Ezri Tarazi

    The first museum exhibition of contemporary Israeli design in the U.S., New…

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    Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser’s Design Revolutionby Michael Whiteway

    This book features more than 300 superb color photographs revealing Dresser's highly…

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    Inside Design Now: The National Design Triennialby Donald Albrecht, Ellen Lupton, Mitchell Owens, and Susan Yelavich

    A critical selection of work by eighty designers and firms operating at…

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    Design Life Now (Hardcover)by Barbara Bloemink, Brooke Hodge, Ellen Lupton, and Matilda McQuaid

    Celebrating the most creative and forward thinking designs, trends, and future horizons…

Historical Publications Online


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

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    Kata-gami: Japanese Stencils in the Collection of the…by Elaine Evans, Dee Thomas Michie

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    The Logic and Magic of Color: An Exhibition…by Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, Edward Kallop

    In the National Design Library: See the full catalog record Find this…