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The 21st-Century Neighborhood Library
Essay by Julie Sangborn about the changing vision for some of New York City's public libraries.
Designing the New Commons
Interview with Corinne Hill, director of the Chattanooga Public Library, who created a unique maker space and civic commons in the Library's downtown branch.
Mapping for Social Justice
In 2012, math professor Laurie Rubel developed, with support from the National Science Foundation, the City Digits project to help high school students learn math by examining urban injustices in their own New York City neighborhood. Partnering with civic designer Sarah Williams, the team designed a set of place-based learning tools to integrate richer data...
The Cobra
There is no questioning the significance to twentieth-century industrial design of the Ericofon telephone, whose one-piece design makes it a predecessor of both cordless telephones and cell phones. Introduced in the United States in 1956, the Ericofon was originally conceived by Ralph Lysell in 1941 and was redesigned by Lysell, Hans Gösta Thames, and Hugo Blomberg for...
Psychedelic Seats
This poster for the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition The Modern Chair: Its Origins and Evolution was designed by John van Hamersveld in 1977. Van Hamersveld, a California born and bred graphic designer, is most widely known as the artist behind the iconic 1964 Endless Summer movie poster. Incorporating fluorescent paints and striking graphic language, van Hamersveld brought...
Design Talks | Game Changers: Jeff Han
Jeff Han in conversation with Bill Buxton, pioneering scientist of human-computer interaction and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. One of the main developers of “multi-touch sensing” for computer displays, National Design Award winner Jeff Han’s interactive technologies have changed the way we think about computers and their place in the modern world. Following his blockbuster...
Think Different
“When was the last time someone offered to carry your book to school?” This question was posed by Apple in a 1999 advertisement to introduce the iBook, the company’s new peppy line of laptop computers geared towards entry level, consumer, and education markets. The advertisement pictured the user’s hand wrapped around a turquoise carrying handle...
Business of Design 2014 | Digital Life
On October 8, 2014, leading business and design innovators were invited to Cooper Hewitt’s Business of Design Breakfast, an annual invitation-only National Design Awards event for business leaders to discuss how good design is good business. Teresa Yoo, Vice President of Brand Strategy and Experience Design at IBM moderated the conversation, which was hosted by...
Business of Design 2014 | Talent
On October 8, 2014, leading business and design innovators were invited to Cooper Hewitt’s Business of Design Breakfast, an annual invitation-only National Design Awards event for business leaders to discuss how good design is good business. Teresa Yoo, Vice President of Brand Strategy and Experience Design at IBM moderated the conversation, which was hosted by...