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Designboost at Cooper-Hewitt
David Carlson and Peer Eriksson introduce the Designboost event Back in February, I blogged about the Designboost Web site, likening it to a periodic table of design knowledge. This time, Peer Eriksson and David Carlson were here at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to run the first BoostEvent in the United States. The theme was “Design...
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A Tree Grows In The Backyard
Angela Riechers is a student from an interdisciplinary graduate-level course on the Triennial taught by the Triennial curatorial team. Her first post titled “Green Burials: Recycling Our Loved Ones” appeared on the Design Blog July 9th and was met with a huge response. We figured a follow up was warranted!   Despite the 21st century’s...
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High Ground Inspirations
High Ground Conversationalists I went to Colorado last week for the High Ground Conversation at Mike and Kathy McCoy’s place in the mountains. Every year they invite fifteen to twenty design academics and practitioners to come together for three days to talk about what’s happening in design. Everyone brings a short presentation that they deliver...
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Designing Discussion
Over the next two weeks on the Cooper-Hewitt Design Blog, students from an interdisciplinary graduate-level course on the Triennial taught by the Triennial curatorial team blog their impressions and inspirations of the current exhibition,‘Why Design Now?’. There is no shortage of practical objects in the 2010 Triennial. You will see everything from noble solutions for...
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A Resource for All Designers?
James Smithson’s Gift
 “I then bequeath the whole of my property…to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge…” James Smithson (1765-1829) James Smithson As Cooper-Hewitt a national design organization and a part of the Smithsonian, I wonder...
Design in the Face of Disaster
Design in the Face of Disaster, a discussion on how design can alleviate some of the innumerable problems facing Haiti right now. Watch a video of the program and check out our other past program videos on our video site. Panelists include Pierre Fouche, a Haitian earthquake engineer, Anna Muoio, Principal, Design Continuum, Social Innovation,...
Boym Partners on Bloomberg TV
Watch Constantin and Laurene Boym of Boym Partners, 2008 National Design Awards finalist for Product Design, discuss their design aesthetic on Bloomberg’s Muse Arts.
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Low Cost and Value
Several weeks ago while in the exhibition speaking to two museum directors I found myself pulled away by two engaged visitors. Ruth Yoffe, a product/retail/branding designer, and Elisabeth M de Morentin who is a recent graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology overheard my conversation with the two directors and wanted to discuss their insights...
Rope Pumps
The show was conceived to begin a conversation and provoke discussion about the broad range of ways various organizations and individuals are addressing the underpinnings of poverty through design innovations. The selected objects tell a story and are windows into the numerous ways these groups are providing direct solutions. This blog will allow the discussion...