National Design Week

National Design Week: October 12–19, 2019

National Design Week celebrates the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt’s largest and most visible education initiative. During National Design Week, Cooper Hewitt’s award-winning Education Department hosts a series of programming broadening access to the vision and work of the country’s design leaders and inspiring people of all ages to engage with design and design thinking. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards Gala benefit and awards ceremony.

In celebration of the milestone 20th anniversary of the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt will offer free admission to all museum visitors during National Design Week, courtesy of Target, and host a series of programming broadening access to the vision and work of the country’s design leaders and inspiring people of all ages to engage with design and design thinking.

For Cooper Hewitt Education resources, check out the Smithsonian Learning Lab which hosts digital learning tools that help inspire and empower educators, parents, administrators, curriculum developers, and the next generation of problem solvers to find inspiration beyond the walls of Smithsonian museums.

2019 Special Thanks

Upcoming Events

Christina Kim, 2018 NDA Winner for Fashion Design, shows 2 interested teens her design process work.
10/15
Tuesday
Tue. October 15, 2019
4:30pm to 7:00pm
Join Cooper Hewitt for the Teen Design Event of the Year! .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Close up image of an Educator's hands using a sharpie to brainstorm on sticky notes
10/15
Tuesday
Tue. October 15, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Educators will explore the introduction of design literacy skills in their classroom with Cooper Hewitt’s design resources and programs. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Close up of a designers hands over an open portfolio book with brightly colored illustration.
10/15
Tuesday
Tue. October 15, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Teens, young adults, and emerging designers with Autism and other forms of neurodiversity are invited to speak with designers and creative companies about future professional opportunities. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
10/16
Wednesday
Wed. October 16, 2019
11:30am to 8:30pm
Participate in a day of design exploration with intimate conversations, skill drills, and unique tours with National Design Award winners. End the day with a glass of wine and thought-provoking conversations with National Design Award winners and fellow design lovers. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
10/17
Thursday
Thu. October 17, 2019
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Gala Benefit—Purchase your tables and tickets today! October 17, 2019 Honor this year’s National Design Award winners by attending the Gala in New York City on Thursday, October 17, 2019. All proceeds support Cooper Hewitt’s programs that educate, inspire, and empower people through design. Reserve your tables and tickets online, call 212.849.8340, or email ndatickets@si.edu.... .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
10/19
Saturday
Sat. October 19, 2019
11:00am to 4:00pm
Cooper Hewitt concludes National Design Week with a day of hands-on activities led by National Design Award winners and guest designers. .
Event Address:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

Gallery

Past Events

View videos and read more about past National Design Week events.