participation

Looking into Local Projects


Jake Barton of Local Projects, National Design Award Finalist in 2010 and 2006, warmly welcomed Cooper-Hewitt Members for a behind-the-scenes look at his media-design firm.
Jake Barton, Local Projects, National Design Award, nda, finalist, media, Information, interaction, design, interactivity, production, social media, storytelling, StoryCorps, Thinc Design, exhibition design, 9/11, September 11, museum, members, tour, visit, behind the scenes, give a minute, public, participation

Why Design Now? Conference, October 1st


There was a deluge at dawn on Friday, canceling many trains and tempting people to stay at home, in spite of their commitment to arrive at Jazz at Lincoln Center by 9:00 am for the start of the WHY DESIGN NOW? Solving Global Challenges Conference.
Why Design Now, Triennial, Exhibition, 2010, Solving Global Challenges, conference, streaming, participation, Twitter, tweets, online, audience, Beth Comstock, Welcome, Richard Saul Wurman, TED, presentation, data visualization, Information, trends, energy, health, design processes, Elizabeth Scharpf, Sustainable Health Enterprises, SHE, girls, school, tampons, banana, fibers, local, materials, video, YouTube, Timothy Prestero, Design That Matters, incubator, premature, babies, Africa, car, automobile, replacement, parts, social impact

Nominate Online


Each year Cooper-Hewitt honors the best and brightest designers at the National Design Awards Gala. The awards are given out in a number of categories including fashion design, architecture design, and product design.
National Design Awards, 2008, categories, nominations, online, participation, winners, finalists, website, video, panel

School Lead


A multitude of schools are at the forefront of devising low cost innovations around the world, these are only a few of the examples of initiatives and projects underway. Designmatters at Art Center College of Design develops a multi-component design solution for a mobile clinic in Kenya.
DesignMatters, Art Center College of Design, mobile clinic, Kenya, camel, packaging, refrigeration, solar power, health education, culturally appropriate information, nomad, bike, bicycles, teams, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Bamboo Bike Project, bamboo, materials, sustainable, transport, rural, poor, developing countries, access, healthcare, market, Harvard University, SE Lab, peer support, participation, Ashoka, Bill Drayton, Grameen bank, Muhammad Yunus, Workshop, Social Entrepreneurship, US, international, MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, D Lab, needs, low cost, affordable, inexpensive, ecological, adaptable, technological, Pratt Design, Incubator for Sustainable/Social Entreprise, Norway, Design without Borders, partnership, collaboration, Guatemala, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Uganda, Makerere University, local, product development

Design Education for Everyone


An amazing group of teachers just spent the week at Cooper-Hewitt, participating in our on-going City of Neighborhoods program for educators. This year, the museum invited around forty teachers from New Orleans to take part in a week-long study of how design can work in the classroom, with a focus on exploring one’s local community. 
design education, education, educators, teachers, training, participation, City of Neighborhoods, program, New Orleans, New York City, NYC, neighborhood, Chinatown, classroom, local, community, subjects, disciplines, Educator Resource Center, ERC, thinking, learning

Are Designers the Enemies of Design?


Design writer Bruce Nussbaum delivered a speech at Parsons a few weeks ago whose controversial refrain was “designers suck.” Read the speech on his Business Week blog. 
Bruce Nussbaum, writer, speech, Parsons, controversial, Business Week, blog, Designers, enemies, protection, turf, democratization, Open, participate, participation, theme, Triennial, Exhibition, DIY, D.I.Y., Do It Yourself, Make, Readymade, howtoons, Processing, Blik, Natalie Jeremijenko, Ron Gilad, how to, mode of thinking, evolve, methodology, practice, power, philosophy, conversation, dialogue

Design 2.0


The phrase “Web 2.0” refers to the rise of social media over the past four or five years, in which users post their own content as well as shaping the way existing content is viewed through commenting, voting, rating, tagging, and other forms of interaction.
social media, user-generated content, blog, blogging, textpattern, free, software, Bill Berry, web design, participation, participatory design, Design Life Now, Exhibition, Triennial, Natalie Jeremijenko, robot, toys, kids, Processing, open-source, open source, computer, language, visual artists, Blik, removable graphics

Indie Publishing


One of the themes running through Design Life Now is the opening up of media to everyday citizens. There’s been an explosion of “social media”—Web sites that allow people to build communities and talk with each other on-line. (Blogs like this are one example.)
Design Life Now, Exhibition, Triennial, social media, Web, internet, digital, media, user-generated content, participation, blogs, blogging, Communications, revolution, Indie Publishing, public program, event, 2007, Ellen Lupton, Nicholas Blechman, illustrator, art director, NOZONE, Empire, visual, anthology, DIY, Do It Yourself, citizens, graphic design, new media, economy