Two streamlined red chairs against a white background.
Hero to Zero: A History of Plastics
Design scholar Penny Sparke traces the history of plastic since the nineteenth century and through modern design of the twentieth century—and notes how the material became one of the largest challenges facing the world's environment today.
Mary Milner’s “Integrated Text” Band Sampler
Author: Dr. Lynne Anderson In celebration of the fourth annual New York Textile Month, members of the Textile Society of America will author Object of the Day for the month of September. A non-profit professional organization of scholars, educators, and artists in the field of textiles, TSA provides an international forum for the exchange and...
Patricia Moore, a white woman with a brown bob haircut in her sixties, stands near an architectural waterfall. Her arms are folded and her head tilted forward. She's wearing a purple tunic layered over a 3/4 sleeve length black tee.
NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Patricia Moore
Patricia Moore is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Design Mind. From 1979 to 1982, Moore traveled throughout North America disguised as elder women—her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging—to better respond to people, products and environments. Moore’s clients include Johnson & Johnson, Maytag, NASA, OXO, Pfizer,...
Lenore’s “Woven Forms”
Author: Robin Haller In celebration of the fourth annual New York Textile Month, members of the Textile Society of America will author Object of the Day for the month of September. A non-profit professional organization of scholars, educators, and artists in the field of textiles, TSA provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination...
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.
MIT D-Lab. Designing for a More Equitable World.
NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Amy Smith, MIT D-Lab
MIT D-Lab is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Corporate & Institutional Achievement. Founded in 2002 by MIT senior lecturer Amy Smith, D-Lab began as a single course known as The Haiti Class, which sought to apply engineering and design principles to the complex issues faced by people living in poverty. That...
Derek, a forty-something asian-american man with a shaved head, smiles shyly. He is wearing a black tee shirt.
NDA 20 YRS | Q&A with Derek Lam
Derek Lam is the recipient of the 2019 National Design Award for Fashion Design. His work is known for its calculated simplicity and thoughtful detailing that creates a sophisticated modern sensibility. A San Francisco native, Lam began his fashion career in 1990. He spent eight years as a designer at Michael Kors before launching his...
A Piece of Cloth for the Future
Author: Gabe Duggan In celebration of the fourth annual New York Textile Month, members of the Textile Society of America will author Object of the Day for the month of September. A non-profit professional organization of scholars, educators, and artists in the field of textiles, TSA provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination...
A black and white portrait of Wim Crouwel seated in a study. He looks dignified. He gazes into the near distance. He is wearing a suit with no tie. He has sweeping white hair.
Remembering Wim Crouwel (1928–2019)
TRIBUTE Author: Ellen Lupton, Senior curator of contemporary Design  Wim Crouwel (Dutch, 1928–2019) was a giant figure in the history of graphic design. This tall, elegant man produced an astonishing body of work that is at once functional and experimental, objective and personal. His contribution has special importance for museums. A pioneer of graphic identity,...