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Test your knowledge, win prizes, and explore the role of storytelling in the design process in a delightful evening of short talks and trivial disputes. Cooper Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton will talk about her new book, Design Is Storytelling, a guide to narrative thinking for designers. Also on deck: Peter Mendelsund, a brilliant graphic designer and prolific writer who brings stories to life with his iconic book covers, and Dan Venne, a creative director and lead producer at Man Made Music, who designed original audio content for Cooper Hewitt’s interactive exhibition Hear, See, Play: Designing with Sound. Overseeing the evening’s festivities will be Adam Kesner, Minister of Information at Trivial Dispute. Throughout the evening Kesner will plie the audience with design trivia challenges and there will be a book signing with Lupton and Mendelsund. Cash wine bar.


Adam Kesner, Minister of Information, Trivial Dispute

Ellen Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt

Peter Mendelsund, author and designer

Dan Venne, sound designer, Man Made Music


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