Events

Design Imitates Life?

December 8, 2006, Lecture 6:30 p.m. Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 Exhibition Viewing 6:00-6:30 p.m. & 8:30-9:00 p.m.

From robots with human attributes, to computer games that generate lifelike stories by using artificial intelligence, designers today are finding new relationships between living things and their products. Join curator Matilda McQuaid, Pixar, robotics designer David Hanson, and Institute for Creative Technologies, all featured in Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 for a panel discussion about biology's relevance to fields as diverse as robotics, animation, and engineering.

Members and students with valid ID: $15; non-members: $20

Tech On Your Terms: Indie Publishing

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Learn about Tech on Your Terms: Blogfest

Learn about Tech on Your Terms: Process This!

January 11, 2007, Seminar 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Be inspired by author, art director and 'zine publisher Nicholas Blechman as he discusses his work and experiences in the publishing world. Follow up with a hands-on workshop lead by Cooper-Hewitt Triennial Curator, Ellen Lupton, where you can learn how to publish, promote, and distribute your own book using online publishing resources. Participants will follow along in small groups on a Cooper-Hewitt computer. If you like, bring some content to work with, such as a collection of your own poems, stories or essays; a collection of digital photographs; your unpublished dissertation or masters thesis; your grandmother's memoir; images from your next gallery exhibition; artwork or liner notes for an independent CD or DVD production; or any other content that you'd like to play with during the workshop. Bring your content on a CD or flash memory stick." Skill level: Beginner. Recommended for writers, artists, bloggers, scrapbookers, family historians, or others with a thirst for publishing in print. All that's needed is basic understanding of how to use the Internet and familiarity with standard office software.

Members and students with valid ID: $40; non--members: $50

Tech on Your Terms is a series of hands-on seminars from leading design innovators celebrating the spirit of open-source software, shareware, and do-it-yourself creativity.

Showroom Visit: Panelite

January 24, 2007

Panelite is a panorama of translucent honeycomb panels that modulate light and vision, provide privacy, and define interior and exterior façades. Christian Mitman, co-founder of Panelite, discusses the development of this these innovative materials as solutions to design problems and the versatility in their applications. Panelite is a participant in the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 at Cooper-Hewitt.

Open exclusively to Design Watch members and above. Please call 212.849.8349 for more information.

Boutique Visit: KidRobot

February 6, 2007

KidRobot is the premier creator and retailer of limited edition art toys, fusing urban street trends with creative design. Many of these highly sought collectibles—including the trademark Dunny—are designed by world-renowned artists with diverse backgrounds in graffiti art, industrial design, graphic design, music, and fine art. KidRobot is a participant in the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 at Cooper-Hewitt.

Open exclusively to Design Watch members and above. Please call 212.849.8349 for more information.

Tech On Your Terms: Blogfest

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February 8, 2007, Seminar 6:30-9:00 p.m. Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 Exhibition Viewing 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Blogs. What are they, why do they matter, and, most importantly, how do you make one? Cooper-Hewitt Triennial Curator Ellen Lupton will address the rise of blogging and show you how to use free software on the Web to create your own bare-bones, easy-to-maintain Web log. "A blog is not just a publication," writes Lupton. "It's a party." Join the celebration by following along on Cooper-Hewitt computers in small groups.

Skill level: Beginner. Recommended for anyone who enjoys using the Internet and has a thirst to publish words, images, and ideas on-line. All that's needed is basic understanding of how to use the Internet and familiarity with standard office software.

Members and students with valid ID: $40; non--members: $50

Tech on Your Terms is a series of hands-on seminars from leading design innovators celebrating the spirit of open-source software, shareware, and do-it-yourself creativity.

Studio Visit: Narciso Rodriguez

March 6, 2007

Narciso Rodriguez, National Design Award Finalist in Fashion Design in 2003 and 2004, launched his signature women's clothing line in 1997 and quickly gained admiration for his sensual tailoring, fine design, and exquisite craftsmanship. Rodriguez approaches the design of a garment the way an architect designs a building, using seaming for structure to create interesting lines and shapes. Rodriguez is a participant in the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 at Cooper-Hewitt.

Open exclusively to Design Watch members and above. Please call 212.849.8349 for more information.

Tech On Your Terms: Process This!

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March 8, 2007, Seminar 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Learn how to use the open-source application Processing to make visual creations under the guidance of its co-creator Ben Fry. Processing is an online community and a powerful medium of expression used by professional designers and laypeople alike. Processing's direct, elegant interface makes it a great way to learn the basic principles of coding. Mr. Fry will discuss the creation of Processing and demonstrate how to download and use the software. Bring your own laptop or follow along on Cooper-Hewitt computers in small groups.

Skill level: Moderate. Recommended for people with some design experience or exposure to code; however, novices are welcome to give it a try. This is a basic introduction.

Members and students with valid ID: $40; non--members: $50

Tech on Your Terms is a series of hands-on seminars from leading design innovators celebrating the spirit of open-source software, shareware, and do-it-yourself creativity.

Brooklyn Design Daytrip

March 17, 2007

Discover some of the borough's best emerging designers—just over the bridge. Planned stops include a studio visit with Jason Miller, a participant in Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 at Cooper-Hewitt.

Fee (includes lunch and roundtrip transportation to Cooper-Hewitt): $90.

Open to all Members.

Studio Visit: Hoberman Associates

March 21, 2007

Rethinking portability and functionality is the new frontier for design at Hoberman Associates. Learn more about the firm's philosophy of "transformable design" and projects such as the Hoberman Arch at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Geodesic Fabric Dome at Centre Georges Pompidou, and Retractable Dome at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany. Hoberman Associates is a participant in the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 at Cooper-Hewitt.

Open exclusively to Design Watch members and above. Please call 212.849.8349 for more information.

Architectural History Now

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March 29, 2007, 6:30 p.m.

Curator Matilda McQuaid leads a discussion with architects featured in the Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 about how their work directly and indirectly reconciles modern architectural approaches with historical context.

Members and students with valid ID: $15; non-members: $20

In Our Homes: Tools For Better Living

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May 17, 2007, Lecture 6:30 p.m. Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 Exhibition Viewing 8:30-9:00 p.m.

How we live now is being redefined by designers whose creations include inventive forms for household furniture, and removable stickers for consumer-customized "wallpaper." Curatorial Director Barbara Bloemink leads a panel discussion with designers featured in Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006 about the current transformations underway in the domestic environment.

Members and students with valid ID: $15; non-members: $20