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Designing with Empathy: By the People and Pratt
Cooper Hewitt collaborated with Pratt Institute students, who created socially-responsible designs based on experiences they had at two New York nonprofit organizations.
Design and Social Impact Q + A: Mariana Amatullo
Five Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact panelists were invited to expand on the Design and Social Impact white paper recommendations. Each had participated in the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit, which the “Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research, and practice” white paper chronicles. Mariana Amatullo, Co-Founder and Vice President...
Docents Stay Connected During Renovations
Written by Cooper-Hewitt Docent Anna Daley.  Anna is a graduate of the Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons the New School for Design Master's Program in the History of the Decorative Arts and Design. She teaches the History of Graphic Design at Parsons and the History of Industrial Design at Montclair State University.  When a museum goes dark, not only...
Cooper-Hewitt presents national on-line resources at NAEA conference
  The 2013 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention was held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 7 – 10. The NAEA Design Issues Group (DIG) invited Cooper-Hewitt to participate in their workshop “Classroom Design for Art Teachers and Students.”  The workshop included eight stations with various DIG members presenting.  My presentation was focused on Cooper-Hewitt’s...
DesignPrep: The Scholars Program
Excerpts from year-end presentations by Cooper-Hewitt’s Youth Scholars. They talk about their favorite moments in the Scholars program, which includes intimate seminars, hands-on design workshops, studio visits, prestigious internships, and college tours. The Scholars Program is a component of DesignPrep, a series of free design-education programs for New York City high-school students, developed to introduce...
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Ready, Set, Design!
Ready, Set, Design is one of our favorite group activities, for adults and kids alike, at Cooper-Hewitt. It’s a highly adaptable design challenge that can jump-start collaborative and creative thinking in any group. We use it with kids’ groups at the Museum, for internal staff meetings, and even at industry conferences and summits we host....
Ready, Set, Design!
Ready, Set, Design is one of our favorite educational activities here at Cooper-Hewitt. We use it as a way to introduce the concepts behind “design thinking” to all kinds of groups– from kindergartners to professional designers to museum trustees. It’s very adaptable, and lots of fun! Watch this video to learn how you can use...
Design Thinking for Educators
One of Cooper-Hewitt’s missions is to aid educators in seeing themselves and their students as designers. One of the ways we work toward this goal is through our Educator Resource Center, an online resource for K-12 educators, which hosts lesson plans, a conversation board, and videos of design experts speaking about best practices in design-based...
Cooper-Hewitt: Summer Design Institute 2008 – Design Challenge Workshop
Educators who participated in the 2008 Summer Design Institute are lead through the design process by Sandy Speicher, Practice Lead, Transformation, of IDEO to answer the question, “how might we improve the getting to work experience?”