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The Morse Historic Design Lecture | Local Quality, Global Scope–Saving Color Through Tacit Knowledge
Designer Claudy Jongstra presents the in-depth knowledge of experimenting and working with products from the land.
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I Heart NY and Milton Glaser
Cooper Hewitt, Dress Code, AIGA/New York and Milton Glaser, recipient of the 1972 AIGA Medal and 2004 National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, celebrate the release of the short film “I Heart NY.” “I Heart NY” takes as its subject design legend Milton Glaser (born June 26, 1929), creator of the iconic I Heart NY...
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MAG to SNAG: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1970
The development of American studio jewelry is crucial to the understanding of contemporary jewelry as it is currently practiced internationally. Art historian Toni Greenbaum discusses cogent issues affecting the evolution of studio jewelry in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. As part of a broader cultural movement that grew following the end of World...
Image of a panel discussion at Cooper Hewitt. From the left: Bob Greenberg in black, Jackie Goldberg in a pink flower dress, John Maeda in a gray suit, and Debbie Millman in black.
An Evening with Design Pioneers
A conversation with Bob Greenberg, Jackie Goldberg, John Maeda, and Debbie Millman.
Panelists talk to a large audience during National Design Awards panel in Boston 2017
2017 National Design Awards in Boston
Live from the National Design Awards reception in Boston!
Image of Sina Bahram,Director of Prime Access Consulting (PAC), at a podium, giving a lecture to a group of 50 people sitting around tables.
Lab | Verbal Descriptions with Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab
What language best communicates the qualities of an object? How do we form meaning from what we see, hear, and touch? Museums and institutions around the world use verbal descriptions—nonvisual language to describe the visual world—to make their collections and resources accessible to people with blindness or low vision. Short talks by accessibility experts, artists,...
Image of Paul Orselli, President and Chief Instigator, POW! and blogger ExhibiTricks, standing to introduce himself during a panel discussion at Cooper Hewitt. Audience members and panelists look on. Paul wears a red t-shirt with the words "Museums are not neutral" printed on it.
Lab | Universal Design Panel with Museum Access Consortium
The seven principles of Universal Design (1997) provide a philosophy and framework for creating inclusive and accessible places and experiences. The workshop brings together educators, curators, and spatial and interactive designers to examine how exhibition developers have used Universal Design in their work for museums and sites of life-long learning. Panelists include: Steven Landau, Research...
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Lab | Showcase of Student Projects on Accessibility and Inclusion
University-level students were invited to submit design ideas for a premier showcase of student projects on solutions for improving accessibility or inclusion. All accepted entries will be on view in the Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery from February 5, 2018 through February 25, 2018. Students present their ideas, and a panel of experts discuss...
Image of a panel of experts, 8 people, sitting in a half circle. One man in the middle, sitting in an electric wheelchair, speaks into a microphone while the rest look on.
LAB | DESIGNING ACCESSIBLE CITIES SYMPOSIUM: Morning Session
Building a more inclusive city is a design opportunity. Join us for a day of ignite talks and critical discussions presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Disabilities to explore the barriers that make cities inaccessible and the innovations that promote intentional user-focused design. Cooper Hewitt Lab: Design Access is a free programming series...