A close up image of a table, filled with pink, orange, and green sticky notes. The post its have drawings and ideas written on them, and two hands in the frame move them around. A pair of glasses rests on the table along with a card that reads "design a utensil".
09/22
Wednesday
Wed. September 22, 2021
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
How can objects tell the story of a place? Join educators from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as we explore historic and contemporary design objects from Detroit. From signage to buildings to family heirlooms, objects can tell a story about our home and our community. Educators will be encouraged to share objects of their own, and learn how to teach with objects to engage students in deeper thinking and support content learning across disciplines. Along the way, they will be introduced to Smithsonian Learning Lab as a tool for research and curricula development. .
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Virtual Program
 
09/24
Friday
Fri. September 24, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
American designer Willi Smith (1948-1987) hoped to solve what he called “the problem of getting dressed,” or the disconnect between fashion and diverse lifestyles, by using affordable, adaptable clothing as a tool to liberate people from stereotypes of race, class, sex, and gender. Smith’s brand WilliWear relied on collaborations with artists like Bill T. Jones, Nam June Paik, and Christo and Jeanne Claude to illustrate how fashion basics could perform for the wearer in different contexts and serve a spectrum of experiences. .
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Virtual program
 
Design for the backdrop used during the main act of "Checkmate". Background composed of vertical stripes of blue, green, yellow, orange, red and black. At center, 4 large triangles in white, red, black, and green white, red, and green superimposed with three groupings of perspectival, converging lines. At center, an orange diamond and three small, gray cloud forms.
09/28
Tuesday
Tue. September 28, 2021
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
How do graphic designers engage with Cooper Hewitt’s own graphic design collection? Curators Caitlin Condell and Emily M. Orr welcome their recent collaborators, designers Lucinda Hitchcock and Lucienne Roberts, to discuss their experiences of interpreting the work of commercial art pioneer E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890-1954). .
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Virtual Program
 
This image shows colorful, circular design elements on the left-hand border. In the center and left-hand side, the image shows a child's hands as they construct a watch on their right wrist.
10/06
Wednesday
Wed. October 6, 2021
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Take your Halloween costume to the next level with the winner of the 2021 National Design Award for Fashion Design, Becca McCharen-Tran! For many costumes, it’s the accessories that really make it pop! In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the design process, learn more about where and how designers find inspiration, and discover how to use everyday materials to create their own sustainable accessory design. Participants have the option to design an accessory that can be added to their Halloween costume, or redesign an accessory to help you in your everyday life. .
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Virtual Program
 
Colorful background with white words reading City of Design Challenge
10/07
Thursday
Thu. October 7, 2021
7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
For this year’s National Design Month, Cooper Hewitt highlights some of the inspiring organizations from around the country that share the museum’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower through design. This week’s program features Detroit-based Design Core, a department within the College for Creative Studies that champions design-driven businesses and their role in strengthening Detroit's economy. .
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Virtual Program
 
This image contains colorful circular images on the left-hand side. In the center and right-hand side is an overhead image showing adult helping a child add an accessory to their wrist.
10/09
Saturday
Sat. October 9, 2021
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Join Cooper Hewitt for a special virtual National Design Month edition of Morning at the Museum, a Smithsonian program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities. Take your Halloween costume to the next level! For many costumes, it’s the accessories that really make it pop! In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the design process, learn more about where and how designers find inspiration, and discover how to use everyday materials to create their own sustainable accessory design. Participants have the option to design an accessory that can be added to their Halloween costume. No costume? No problem! Redesign an accessory to help you in your everyday life. .
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Virtual Program
Free, Registration Required. To register, email CHAccess@si.edu. 
 
Three images behind a colorful background. One of a person wearing a large collar, a sketch of a headlamp, and mockups of the BET logo.
10/12
Tuesday
Tue. October 12, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Thinking about a career in design and wondering where to start? Join us for a student-led, virtual discussion with this year’s National Design Award winners on the many pathways toward creative careers. From mentorship to education to the future of the field, no topic is off limits. Tune in live and steer the conversation by voting on the topics that matter most to you! Hear from 2021 National Design Award winners Behnaz Farahi (Digital Design Award), Cheryl D. Miller (Design Visionary Award), and Melinda Dietz, Head of Industrial Design at BioLite (Product Design Award). .
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Virtual program
 
Image of 10 staff members of Imaginary Forces next to the building of the design studio Imaginary Forces, showing a white building with the letters IF in orange overlapping the corner.
10/14
Thursday
Thu. October 14, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Join us on a journey behind the scenes of the illustrious design studio of Imaginary Forces, winner of the 2021 National Design Award for Communication Design. The Imaginary Forces team will virtually take us through their studio for a glimpse into their process of developing some of the most recognizable title sequences over the last 25 years. We’ll see artifacts, props, and early drawings and hear stories from projects for Marvel, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Stranger Things, and more, as well as some soon-to-be-released work. .
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Virtual program
 
A colorful background with three images. From left to right: a rendering of a building, an illustration of Dr. Mae Jemison wearing a space suit, a model wearing a futuristic garment with metal lattice.
10/15
Friday
Fri. October 15, 2021
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Cooper Hewitt welcomes visitors who are blind and those with low vision to join us for a special Virtual Visual Description Tour introducing the 2021 National Design Award winners. Participants will explore select design objects or projects created by each of the winners, with time for questions and conversation throughout. .
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Pre-registration required and spots are limited. To register, email CHAccess@si.edu. 
FREE
 
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