Author: Pam Horn

A red core with green flower-like structures extending into purple angular petals. The surfaces posses a grainy, furry texture.
Taking Lessons from Nature
An interview with Joanna Aizenberg and Donald E. Ingber of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
Two women, one seated and one standing, are positioned in a gallery space. They both look intently at a video monitor affixed to a wall covered in dozeons of black vertical rods. The monitor shows text, images of two women, and a live feed of the seated onces facial expressions.
Don’t Take It at Face Value
Artist R. Luke DuBois discusses artificial intelligence and his installation Expression Portrait in the exhibition Face Values at Cooper Hewitt.
Design Pulse: What is the Future of Mobility Design?
Leading figures in design, transportation, and technology share their perspectives on the future of mobility.
Rendering of the view of the street from the front seat of a car, with text and iconography noting elements of the cityscape.
Who Owns the City of the Future?
Autonomous vehicles, electric cars, and ride-sharing applications are disruptive innovations that hold unknown outcomes for society.
The Architecture of Deafness: On the Subversive and Dignified Architecture of the Deaf School
Written by Jeffrey Mansfield Set in picturesque Casco Bay in southeastern Maine, Mackworth Island is a peculiar knob of land. It is a place I have known since I was a child: to the Deaf community it is known for The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, to the locals for its hiking trails and...
Photo of Walei Subray. He is seated, and holds a microphone in one hand and a cane in the other. He has a thoughtful expression.
Design and Agency: When Design Fails the Disability Community
Written by Walei Subray Born in Egypt and raised in New York City, I’m a classic New Yorker. The only difference about me is that I drag a 58-inch black cane across the streets and sidewalks. That’s because I was born with a progressive eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. As a child, I could see...
Drawing by Touch
Written by Steven Landau As a company of designers and producers of tactile maps and models, Touch Graphics, Inc. usually focuses on products that communicate spatial information through the sense of touch for use by visually impaired students and museum visitors. Occasionally, the company develops tools to support blind artists and scientists.  One of our...
At left, the words: "Design for Access: Cooper Hewitt Co-Lab." At right, a 3D-modeled rendering of the Carnegie Mansion in pink, blue, and turquoise. All text and images set against a gray background.
The Ability Project: Empowering People with Disabilities Through Design
Written by Claire Kearney-Volpe In 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities presented the Ability Project with the ADA Sapolin Award for their “fearless and innovative approach to developing tools that will improve the lives of people with disabilities.” The Ability Project builds relationships and designs...
Drawing by Joseph Friedman of a design for a bendable straw for his patent application ca. 1930s.
Everyday Love Stories
A pioneer of inclusive design, August de los Reyes looks at the innovations inspired by loved ones.