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Rhythm of the City
Graphic designer Paula Scher adapted Piet Mondrian’s 1943 painting Broadway Boogie-Woogie when she created the graphic identity for Manhattan Records in 1984. On each LP that Manhattan Records released, the design is printed on the center label of sides A and B. When reflecting on her decision to turn to Mondrian, Scher explained “the strongest...
MAN / HAT / TAN: The Challenge of the Letterhead
In the forward to Letters from the Avant-Garde, a slim yet unique volume edited by Ellen Lupton and Elaine Lustig Cohen focusing on the stationery of European designers, Cohen discusses her experience as proprietor of Ex Libris, a bookstore specializing in avant-garde print materials. Founded in 1979 by Cohen and her husband, Arthur A. Cohen,...
Design Talks: Clive Wilkinson
National Design Award winner Clive Wilkinson is an architect, designer, writer and strategist with particular expertise in the application of urban design thinking to interior design, specifically in workplace and educational communities. He's created unique spaces for Google, Nokia, and Disney. In 2005, Clive was inducted into the Interior Design 'Hall of Fame'. In 2006,...
2012 National Design Awards Winners’ Panel
2012 National Design Award winners share their inspiration and drive as designers in a panel discussion moderated by Richard Saul Wurman (Lifetime Achievement). Panelists: Janine Benyus (Design Mind) Thom Browne (Fashion Design) Rebeca Méndez (Communication Design) Scott Wilson (Product Design)  
2012 National Design Awards Gala: Part 2
The National Design Awards are bestowed at a gala benefit dinner and awards ceremony in New York City each fall. This year's festivities will be held at the spectacular Pier Sixty on the Hudson River on the evening of Wednesday, October 17. This year's vice-chairs are Beth Comstock, Aaron Dignan, Paul Herzan, Madeleine Rudin Johnson,...
2012 National Design Awards Gala: Part 1
The National Design Awards are bestowed at a gala benefit dinner and awards ceremony in New York City each fall. This year's festivities will be held at the spectacular Pier Sixty on the Hudson River on the evening of Wednesday, October 17. This year's vice-chairs are Beth Comstock, Aaron Dignan, Paul Herzan, Madeleine Rudin Johnson,...
2011 Holiday Greeting
This happy holiday greeting was designed by Rick Valicenti, winner of the 2011 National Design Award for Communication Design.
2011 National Design Awards: Product Design Award – Continuum
This year’s winner for Product Design is Continuum. Founded in 1983 by Gianfranco Zaccai, Continuum is a global design and innovation consultancy that strives to improve people’s everyday lives. The studio has designed products including the Reebok Pump athletic shoe and Procter & Gamble’s Swiffer floor cleaners. The Product Design Award is given to an...
Simply Smart Design
Design is about people, not things… Not just a catchphrase, it’s the key to Smart Design’s success. Over 90% of their designs have been brought to market, an impressive statistic for any industry. Their formula is simple: understanding the differing needs of people results in design that is truly universal. Cooper-Hewitt Members enjoyed a ‘fireside...