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Image features a laptop computer with a rectangular body with rounded corners, the housing of translucent clear and blue plastic with blue pull-out handle at back. The hinged lid opens to reveal a screen and an inset keyboard with function keys, a touch pad, power button and a small speaker. Separate disk-shaped clear plastic and metal power adapter contains windup cord. Scroll down for the blog post related to this image.
Think Different
Today’s Object of the Day celebrates the winners of Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Awards. Honoring lasting achievement in American design, the Awards take place annually during National Design Week, with festivities for all ages celebrating design creativity and innovation. Today’s post was originally published on September 9, 2015. “When was the last time someone offered...
Image features: Rows of ten images related to the history of digital culture, including a portrait of Jacquard, punch cards, a guillotine, an automaton, a design for a prosthetic hand, and microchip, binary code. Predominately woven in shades of blue, grey and brown with metallic gold and silver. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
A Permutation Unfolding
Eve Andrée Laramée is an installation sculptor whose work challenges assumptions about the authority of history, science, and art. This textile, which Laramée designed as the focal point of A Permutational Unfolding, her 1999 exhibition at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center Gallery, confronts the standard history of the computer as a descendant of calculating or...
Toolbox: Sleek and Sophisticated Meets Portable All-in-One
Toolboxes come in all shapes and sizes. They offer a resting place for the mechanic’s hand tools and a protective environment for the chef’s knives. Yet such toolboxes serve a select audience. In the 21st-century, the computer is the universal toolbox, used by billions of people across the globe. Early computers, including Bill Moggridge’s influential GRiD Compass...
Defining Open Source Hardware
Officially announced this month, version 1.0 of the definition for Open Source Hardware is complete. Similar to Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The Arduino Microcontroller is an example...
Audio Design Matters 2009-2011
  http://observermedia.designobserver.com/audiofile.html?entry=20918   Hear Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge talk about design with Debbie Millman on Design Observer.   In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, he discusses, the evolution, design and life to come of the laptop, the 20 year arch of technology, the meaning of human-centered design and his plans for future work at...
Design 2.0
The phrase “Web 2.0” refers to the rise of social media over the past four or five years, in which users post their own content as well as shaping the way existing content is viewed through commenting, voting, rating, tagging, and other forms of interaction. Blogging is a big part of this. Most people are...
Social Life
Many people complain that technology is isolating people from their fellow humans. I disagree. E-mail, cell phones, FedEx, Blackberries, and other systems are keeping people more in touch than ever. Indeed, many of us are expected to be “reachable” 24/7. One of the themes of Design Life Now is how design brings people together, through...