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 country’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.

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; Fashion and Identity, 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

10/01
Thursday
Thu. October 1, 2020
7:30pm to 8:30pm
National Design Awards Virtual Gala Celebrate the power of design. Tune in to the virtual gala for the first-ever live announcement of this year’s National Design Award winners, and kick off National Design Month with us. This event is open for all to enjoy from home. The gala provides important financial support for Cooper Hewitt’s... .
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Virtual program
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10/03
Saturday
Sat. October 3, 2020
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Design Day: Collection Selects Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection of 210,000 design objects is one of the most comprehensive in the world, spanning from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BCE to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code. Join Cooper Hewitt curators Yao-Fen You (Acting Deputy Director of Curatorial; Senior Curator + Head of... .
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Virtual program
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10/03
Saturday
Sat. October 3, 2020
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Design Day: FINDing CALM THROUGH CREATIVITY | An interactive workshop with Wee Society Find calm through creativity. At a time when more and more kids are feeling stress, Wee Society has been creating tools to teach them how to embrace feelings without letting them take over, and to encourage self-expression. Join Wee Society online for... .
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Virtual Program
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10/06
Tuesday
Tue. October 6, 2020
5:00pm to 6:45pm
Prospective students are invited to learn more about applying to a variety of colleges and universities with design programs throughout the country. Representatives will be on-hand to answer your questions about portfolios, admissions, scholarships, curricula, and more. .
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This is a virtual program.
10/08
Thursday
Thu. October 8, 2020
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Design Salon: Designing Sustainable Cities As climate change reshapes the planet, how can design advance solutions that promote a healthy, sustainable future for all? Join Cooper Hewitt and the inaugural winner of the 2020 National Design Award for Climate Action in conversation with 2017 National Design Award winner Susan Szenasy (former editor-in-chief, Metropolis) and 2019... .
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Virtual program
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10/13
Tuesday
Tue. October 13, 2020
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Teens, college students, and emerging designers are invited to learn about the many shapes design careers can take from National Design Award (NDA) winners and guest designers. Get to know peers and hear stories about designers' paths to success in small breakout groups. .
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This will be held virtually.
10/15
Thursday
Thu. October 15, 2020
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Design Salon: Social Impact How can designers change the paradigm of creative production to amplify emerging creatives’ ideas, support individuals to be self-sufficient, and use design radically to solve global issues? Join Cooper Hewitt and 2020 National Design Award winners in conversation with 2014 National Design Award winner Angela Brooks (Principal, Brooks + Scarpa Architects,... .
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Virtual program
10/16
Friday
Fri. October 16, 2020
12:30pm to 1:00pm
Design Tour: Architecture Join Cooper Hewitt live on Instagram for a behind the scenes tour with the winner of the 2020 National Design Award in Architecture as they explore one of their projects. The winners of the 2020 National Design Awards will be announced on October 1. Join us for the virtual gala! About National... .
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Cooper Hewitt Instagram @cooperhewitt
FREE, Registration not required
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10/20
Tuesday
Tue. October 20, 2020
5:00pm to 6:00pm
You're bringing your vision to life- now what? Join a panel of National Design Award winners and young designers as they discuss how to gather support for your ideas, pivoting practice in a changing world, and the journey from idea to launch. .
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This event will be held virtually.
10/22
Thursday
Thu. October 22, 2020
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Design Salon: Storytelling In this age of information, designers can tell stories that can be shared more extensively than ever before, whether in print, within an immersive environment, or beyond. How does design serve as a medium through which to share experiences, spark wonder, and address meaningful issues? Join Cooper Hewitt and 2020 National Design... .
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Virtual program
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10/27
Tuesday
Tue. October 27, 2020
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Educators will explore Cooper Hewitt’s free design resources, including professional development and school programs, and learn how design literacy can be used in teaching practice through hands-on experiences. .
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Online event
10/29
Thursday
Thu. October 29, 2020
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Design Salon: Fashion and Identity Today, designers are calling on the fashion industry to evolve beyond traditional voices toward a more equitable and intercultural medium. How can fashion help individuals with personal expression and push society to reflect a range of communities and identities? Join Cooper Hewitt and National Design Award winners for a discussion... .
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Virtual program
FREE, Registration opens soon
10/30
Friday
Fri. October 30, 2020
12:30pm to 1:00pm
Design Tour: Landscape Architecture Join Cooper Hewitt live on Instagram for a behind the scenes tour with the winner of the 2020 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture as they explore one of their projects. The winners of the 2020 National Design Awards will be announced on October 1. Join us for the virtual gala!... .
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Cooper Hewitt Instagram @cooperhewitt
FREE, Registration not required

2020 Special Thanks