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National Design Week


October 9–17, 2010

Launched in 2006, National Design Week is an education initiative offering free admission for all museum visitors and hosting a series of public programs surrounding the National Design Awards.

People’s Design Award


The People’s Design Award gives the general public an opportunity to nominate and vote for a design of their choice by logging on to Voting begins September 20, 2010, and the winning design will be announced on October 14, 2010, at the National Design Awards gala in New York City.

Educator Open House

SEPTEMBER 25, 2010

Educators are invited to celebrate National Design Week by learning about Cooper-Hewitt's many education programs. The museum’s staff will share information about online resources, tours, youth programs and professional development opportunities.

Teen Design Fair

OCTOBER 12, 2010

The much anticipated event of the year is here! Join us at the 5th Annual Teen Design Fair. New York City teens are invited to learn about careers from over thirty professionals working in the fields of fashion, industrial design, architecture, multimedia, and graphic design. Design colleges from around the country will be on hand to provide admissions and financial aid information. Meet Tim Gunn and top designers from all fields.

Dates: Tuesday, October 12, 2010: 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Altman Building, New York City

For more details about the 2010 Teen Design Fair, click HERE

Click here to reserve your spot today.

In order to complete your registration click here to print and fax the registration form as a group and here to print and fax the registration form as an individual.

National Design Awards Winners' Panel

OCTOBER 12, 2010, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, NY, NY 10011

The 2010 National Design Award winners will discuss what inspires them and drives them as designers as well as the state of contemporary design in America. Moderated by Stephen Doyle, Communication Design Winner.

Speakers include:
Tom Dair, Smart Design, Product Design Winner
Stephen Kieran, KieranTimberlake, Architecture Design Winner
William Sofield, Interior Design Winner
Lisa Strausfeld, Interaction Design Winner

Register online to attend this free event.

This program will be webcast at

The Business of Design

Wednesday, OCTOBER 13, 2010, 8:30 – 9:30am
Location: The Cooper Union, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square, Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets

Bob Safian, Editor of Fast Company moderates a panel that investigates the design decisions that companies are making regarding sustainability and how that impacts their overall strategy and bottom line.
Continental breakfast available from 8:00 – 8:30am.

Panelists include:
John Bradford, Chief Innovations Officer, InterfaceFLOR
S. Richard Fedrizzi, CEO, United States Green Building Council
Chris Hacker, Chief Design Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Kevin Kramer, President of Growth Initiatives, Alcoa

Register online to attend this free event.

This program will be webcast at

Design Films

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Location: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

12:30pm Helvetica
Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Directed by Gary Hustwit

2:00pm Objectified
Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. Directed by Gary Hustwit.

3:30pm Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes
Hella Jongerius: Contemporary Archetypes is a 30 min film that captures the creative process of a designer, plus the “dance” a designer engages in with manufacturers like Vitra, Maharam and Royal Tichelaar.

Register online to attend these free film screenings at