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A Miniature Playhouse
Imaginative author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in his 1884 essay, A Penny Plain and Twopence Coloured, “If you love art, folly, or the bright eyes of children, speed to Pollock’s…”[1] The toy theatre was a beloved pastime in 19th-century England that appealed to the creativity and craftsmanship of children and adults. Benjamin Pollock inherited his...
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Wallpaper in the Third Dimension
The design for Bloom was inspired by photographs of the cacti which the artist used to compose this lush explosion of blooms. Bloom is part of a collection of 3D or anaglyph wallpapers produced as a collaboration between Connecticut wallpaper company twenty2 and Pratt Institute. While many people think of 3D or anaglyph imagery as...
3D scanning the Carnegie Mansion
See how state-of-the-art 3D scanning, 3D imaging, and 3D printing techniques came together in this epic effort to fully model Andrew Carnegie’s 1903 mansion in the heart of New York City. The Cooper Hewitt museum, which is housed by the Carnegie mansion, has made this 3D data freely available for architects, filmmakers, video game developers,...
Monday Enhancement: Lit Tree
Lit Tree is an augmented-reality project which lets you use hand gestures to interact with an illuminated tree. Usually, a projector emits a field of pixels, creating a flat image on a flat surface. Lit Tree uses two projectors to emit a field of voxels, or 3-D pixels, onto a bamboo tree. A Kinect scans...
Monday Enhancement: Berlin Wall 3-D
Augmented reality, or AR, is a rapidly developing area of interaction design. The point of AR is to enhance your surroundings, whether you're visiting a new city, reading a book, or shopping for groceries. It's similar to the idea of virtual reality, but instead of sweeping you out of your environment into an alternate world,...
Design Imitates Life – Andrew Jimenez of Pixar
Andrew Jimenez is Director of Short groups at Pixar Animation Studios. Together with Brad Bird, Andy developed the use of pre-visualization 2D and 3d storyboard animatics, a technique utilized on both films.
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Register now for Makerbot Workshops
Register now to participate in a FREE Cooper-Hewitt workshop all about 3-D printing. Starting on April 30th, the workshop will consist of five hands-on sessions led by Matt and Mike of Makerbot Industries. Founded in 2009, Makerbot is the Brooklyn-grown 3-D printing firm that has taken the DIY electronics scene by storm with its spirited,...
DesignPrep: Makerbot Workshops
Cooper-Hewitt is launching a series of FREE workshops for NYC teens on building, programming, and prototyping with the Makerbot 3D printer. Participants will learn how to assemble, program, and print their designs on the Makerbot 3-D printer. They’ll learn about hardware, software, and 3D modeling software like Google Sketchup and Blender. This is a huge...
Cooper-Hewitt acquires a MakerBot
BREAKING NEWS…the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s education department has acquired a MakerBot! Youth participants taking part in a variety of free design workshops will have the opportunity to see their designs come to life with the click of a button. Join us in building the Bot on Saturday, March 19! The Museum is offering an...