National Design Month

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National Design Month: October 2020

In 2020, National Design Week expands to a monthlong virtual celebration, gathering the nation’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month will highlight the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs throughout October including talks, tours, workshops, a professional development training, a college fair, and a career fair. Check back throughout October for new activities to be released on the Smithsonian Learning Lab and more!

National Design Month Schedule

Design Offline (Mondays throughout October)
Analog activities will be shared every Monday that showcase the power of design and inspire participants to flex their creative muscles away from the screen. A printed Design at Home activity book, available in English and Spanish, will be shared in communities around the country.

Design Fair (Tuesdays throughout October)
Cooper Hewitt invites high school students, college students, early career designers and educators to explore career paths and education opportunities in design. Individuals with autism and other forms of neurodiversity are welcome. Virtual sessions include College Day: Meet the Schools, Oct. 6; Career Day: Meet the Designers, Oct. 13; How to Launch a Project, Oct. 20; and Educator Day, Oct. 27.

Design at School (Wednesdays throughout October)
Cooper Hewitt brings a special edition of its Design Field Trip program highlighting the National Design Awards to schools across the country. Students will learn about the design process and build connections to objects explored virtually. Interested in bringing design to your K-12 classroom? Register for a free virtual Design Field Trip now through December 2020.

Design Salon (Thursdays throughout October)
Meet the 2020 National Design Award winners in dynamic virtual conversations across various topics every Thursday: Designing Sustainable Cities, Oct. 8; Social Impact, Oct. 15; Storytelling, Oct. 22; Landscape Architecture, Oct. 29.

Design at Home (Fridays throughout October)
Cooper Hewitt welcomes participants to think like a designer through self-paced activities around the work of National Design Award winners. New content will be released each Friday on the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Design Day (First Saturday, Oct. 3)
Participants can celebrate the National Design Awards with a day of special virtual programming for all ages, including an interactive reading session, workshop and a curator presentation of works by National Design Award winners in the collection.

2020 Special Thanks

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