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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...
Image of three women sitting in purple chairs during a panel discussion. The woman in the middle Kat Holmes, speaks into a microphone
LAB | DESIGNING ACCESSIBLE CITIES SYMPOSIUM: Afternoon 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. Moderated by Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People...
Image of Adam Kesner, Minister of Information at Trivial Dispute leads a group in a trivia game at Cooper Hewitt
Graphic Design Meetup: Design is Storytelling
Test your knowledge and explore the role of storytelling in the design process in a delightful evening of short talks and trivial disputes. Cooper Hewitt curator Ellen Lupton discusses her new book, Design Is Storytelling, a guide to narrative thinking for designers. Also on deck: Peter Mendelsund, a brilliant graphic designer and prolific writer who brings...
Image of Shantell Martin with her textiles at Cooper Hewitt Museum Conservatory
2017 Museum Day Live! Shantell Martin Live Drawing
Multifaceted designer and artist Shantell Martin joined us on September 23, for Museum Day Live! in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. Martin demonstrated how she makes her striking drawings, and lead a hands-on workshop for all those who attended. Here are some highlights from that event. The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation...
Jamie Bennett, Doug Bucci discuss materials and methods with Lindsay Pollock.
Jewelry of Ideas Symposium | Second Afternoon Session
Jewelry-makers Jamie Bennett and Doug Bucci discuss their art and craft with journalist and collector Lindsay Pollock.
Image of Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Helen Drutt educator, and curatorial consultant, discuss communicating ideas through jewelry, moderated by Kiff Slemmons (far left)
Jewelry of Ideas Symposium | First Afternoon Session
Jeweler Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and educator Helen Drutt discuss communicating ideas through jewelry, moderated by Kiff Slemmons, jeweler and metalsmith.