Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

EVENTS

  • FASHION WORKSHOP

    Picking up on the strong geometries in the work of Isabel Toledo, Maria Cornejo, and Yeohlee, kids will start with circles, squares, and triangles to design clothes for dolls. Bring a doll to design for or use one of ours.

    Recommended for families with kids from age 5 – 13

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    NOVEMBER 7, 2009


    1:00 – 3:30 pm
    $20 per family
    $10 member families

  • LECTURE: INSIDE THE DESIGNER'S STUDIO - MARIA PINTO

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents Maria Pinto in conversation with Mary Tomer, founder of Mrs.O.org and author of Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy. Maria Pinto, the Chicago-based designer, is known for her confident and sophisticated clothes, produced in clean lines and luxurious fabrics. Pinto is also known for providing many of First Lady Michelle Obama’s signature looks starting with President Obama’s term as U.S. Senator. Maria Pinto is featured in Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy , which builds on the success of Mrs-O.org – the Web site that chronicles Michelle Obama’s style and takes a closer look at America’s modern style icon, featuring more than 120 photographs of the first lady and delving into the back story of her clothes and accessories.

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    NOVEMBER 10, 2009


    6:30 – 8:00pm
    $15 / $10 members

  • FOLD, CUT, POP! HOLIDAY CARD AND WRAPPING PAPER WORKSHOP

    Make your own holiday cards and wrapping. Recommended for families with kids from age 5 – 13.

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    DECEMBER 5, 2009


    1:00 – 3:30 pm
    $20 per family
    $10 member families

  • THINKING IN TYPE: TYPOGRAPHY DESIGN WITH HOEFLER & FRERE-JONES

    Hoefler & Frere-Jones, 2009 National Design Award Finalists, have helped some of the world’s foremost publications, corporations and institutions develop their unique voice through typography.

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    DECEMBER 8, 2009


    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    $15 / $10 members

  • CUSTOMIZATION WORKSHOP

    Take unadorned bags and T-shirts and make them uniquely yours using a wide range of techniques, some inspired by R/GA’s work with personally customized Nike shoes.

    Recommended for families with kids from age 5 – 13.

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    JANUARY 9, 2010


    1:00 – 3:30 pm
    $20 per family
    $10 member families

  • EDUCATING THROUGH DESIGN: EXHIBITION DESIGN

    Hear from a team members from Ralph Appelbaum Associates as they discuss the unique collaborative strategy RAA uses to develop their award winning exhibitions.

    JANUARY 26, 2010


    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    $15 / $10 members

  • ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP

    Inspired by Rockwell Group’s diorama stage sets for the Broadway show, Hairspray, create a stage set diorama as the setting for a favorite story. Lots of fun materials will be provided. In collaboration with the Center for Architecture Foundation.

    Recommended for families with kids from age 5 – 13.

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    FEBRUARY 6, 2010


    1:00 – 3:30 pm
    $20 per family
    $10 member families

  • DESIGN USA SHORT FILMS

    A selection of short films on National Design Award Winners and Finalists, including Eva Zeisel, Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, and Pentagram by filmmakers Jeremy Bales and David Hillman Curtis.

    Jeremy Bales is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer. His film ‘Distinguished by Design’ is a sketch of Eva Zeisel’s life and work as she continues to design at age 102. David Hillman Curtis is a filmmaker, designer and author whose company hillmancurtis, inc. produced the ‘Artist Series’ documentaries, as well as award-winning short films. A short Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

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    FEBURARY 11, 2010


    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    $15 / $10 members

  • DESIGN FOR HUMANS

    Join the Cooper-Hewitt for a conversation on user-centered design with National Design Award Winners and Finalists who have been recognized for their contribution to the field of Product Design. Moderated by Jesse Ashlock, former Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine.

    A pioneer of ergonomic design, Niels Diffrient is driven by the need to improve the way existing products work. For Diffrient, “the key to human factors, is getting enough data so you really understand what’s happening with the body, mind, social context. You let the user drive design.”

    Co-founded by Sigi Moeslinger and Masamichi Udagawa in 1997, Antenna Design combines technological complexity with a sense of humanity. For Antenna Design, “people-centered” design means recognizing people as complex beings with the potential to learn and grow and to be responsible, creative and reflective.

    Much of Smart Design’s work, ranging from kitchen items to medical products, has become part of people’s everyday lives. A Smart Design founder, Dan Formosa, explains that their goal has always been simple: social responsibility through design. If a product is designed for the extremes on the user spectrum, the needs of everyone are included.

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    FEBRUARY 25, 2010


    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    $15 / $10 members

  • MILTON GLASER AND CHIP KIDD IN CONVERSATION

    Chip Kidd, National Design Award winner in 2007 for Communications Design, speaks with Milton Glaser, National Design Award winner in 2004 for Lifetime Achievement, on work, ideas, and loving New York.

    Writer and graphic designer Chip Kidd has been designing book jackets for Alfred A. Knopf since 1986. His innovative work, recognized by international awards, has helped spark a revolution in the art of American book packaging. Kidd has written about graphic design and popular culture and is an editor of comic books for Pantheon, a Knopf subsidiary. Milton Glaser has been one of the most pivotal figures in contemporary graphic design and illustration. Glaser’s career spans more than fifty years and includes logos, ads, posters, portraits, and identities for newspapers, magazines, books, exhibitions, grocery stores, and restaurants. In 1954, he co-founded Push Pin Studios and in 1968, he co-founded New York Magazine, which became the prototype for city magazines and service journalism across the country. His other iconic works include the album cover for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, and the world-famous “I Love NY” logo (which, after September 11th, was transformed into “I Love NY More Than Ever”).

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    MARCH 2, 2010


    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    $15 / $10 members