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Charters Designers Kit

National Museum of American History

Asid Designers Sale

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Asid Designers Sale

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Designers 3, Inc.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Designers and/Manufacture

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

American Designers' Gallery

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Celebrate 10: Designers Row

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
On red ground, gray text across poster: Celebrate 10; above, in white: Designers Row / invites you to / Celebrate / The Icehouse’s / Tremendous / 10th Anniversary; Sat., Jan 21 / 5-8 p.m. / on all floors / of The Icehouse…Confetti Gala...Fabulous Festivities!...Ice Sculpture Scoop!...Lower two-thirds is cut into vertical strips.

American Designers of Bookplates

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
recto page 1, verso page 2; not bound

2011 Business of Design: Designers and Engineers

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Business of Design 2013 - Designers embracing business

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
On October 16, 2013, leading business and design innovators were invited to Cooper-Hewitt's Business of Design Breakfast, an annual National Design Week event, for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities around design thinking. Cooper-Hewitt Director Caroline Baumann and Undercurrent CEO Aaron Dignan co-moderated the conversation, which was hosted by Design Within Reach at their SoHo retail studio. Themes included the role design thinking plays in corporate culture, how design thrives when embraced from the top down, and the challenges of fostering design in business. 2013 participants include: · Caroline Baumann, Director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum · Aaron Dignan, CEO, Undercurrent · John Edelman, President & CEO, Design Within Reach · Robert Fabricant, Vice President of Creative, frog · Jon C. Iwata, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, IBM Corporation · John Kilpatrick, CEO, Cabin (Funded by Samsung NYC Accelerator) · Yaron Kopel, Chief Innovation & Design Officer, SodaStream · Doreen Lorenzo, President, Quirky · John McPhee, Chief Operating Officer, Design Within Reach · Michael Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, Jamestown L.P. · Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer, PepsiCo · Marybeth Shaw, Chief Creative Officer, Wolf-Gordon · Alex Tepper, Global Director of Innovation, General Electric · Greg Van Bellinger, Hardlines Design Director, Target · Simone Vingerhoets-Zeismann, Executive Vice President, Artek USA

Business of Design 2012 - Young Designers

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
On October 16, 2012, leading innovators and thinkers in business and design were invited to Cooper-Hewitt's Business of Design Breakfast, an annual National Design Week event, for a discussion about creative ways each community can be inspired by the other. Bob Safian, publisher of Fast Company, moderated the conversation. Themes included how design can be a productive methodology for business, provocation and its role in design to move a business forward, and the opportunities and challenges of hiring new design talent. 2012 participants include: Mr. Bob Arko, Creative Director, Coalesse; Ms. Kate Aronowitz, Director of Design, Facebook; Mr. Neal Arthur, Managing Director, Wieden + Kennedy, New York; Ms. Caroline Baumann, Acting Director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Mr. Matt Baer, Senior Vice President Merchandising Operations, Fab; Mr. Christopher Bevans, Creative Director, Billionaire Boys Club; Ms. Linda Boff, Global Director, Marketing Communications, General Electric; Mr. Paolo Cravedi, Managing Director, Alessi S.P.A.; Mr. Aaron Dignan, Founding Partner, CEO, Undercurrent; Mr. Raymond J. Kilmer, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Alcoa Inc.; Mr. Yaron Koppel, Chief Innovation & Design Officer, SodaStream; Mr. Arthur Rubinfeld, Chief Creative Officer & President, Global Development and Evolution Fresh Retail, Starbucks Coffee Company; Mr. Robert Safian, Editor, Fast Company; Mr. Robert Wong, Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Lab.

91 Objects by 91 Designers

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Blue and white columns forming the numbers 91 on gray ground.

Designers are Optimists: A Snapshot of Contemporary Design

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Persistent advancements in materials and technologies, based increasingly on science as well as on the imagination of individuals, has produced a large body of work defined as contemporary design. Much of it has to do with the way things are made, often using new processes. We have mastered assembly-line mass production as exemplified by such...

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Emil Antonucci

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Deborah Sussman

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Carl Fischer

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Gerald Cinamon

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Carl Fischer

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Jason Kirby

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Fulbright Designers Exhibition - Sheldon Brody

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Requested by Rolland O. Hower, Exhibits.

Special exhibition sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and National Collection of Fine Arts at Museum of Natural History.

Architects and Designers Make Money for Norway

Smithsonian Magazine

You can tell a lot about a country by looking at its money. The national figures, iconography and cultural institutions depicted on national currency, as well as its general design, are expressions of a country's values and heritage. Artist and designer Alphonse Mucha realized this when, in the wake of World War I, he designed banknotes for his native Czechoslovakia using distinctive organic forms rooted in local traditions. Consider also banknotes in the United States: the depictions of founding fathers and Neoclassical capital architecture alongside various symbols, signatures, and seals are, depending on your perspective, either celebrations of history and tradition or stubborn reminders of outmoded or lost ideals.

U.S. currency has evolved over time, but changes have been made for purposes of security, while aesthetic, accessibility, and cultural consideration seem to have been largely ignored. Norway, meanwhile, have changed their banknotes eight times since 1875, and the recently announced Series VIII notes are strikingly different from any previous versions.

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Norges Bank, the central bank of Norway, decided to redesign the country’s currency to combat increasingly sophisticated counterfeiters and while the bank itself will of course oversee the bills’ new security features, it launched a competition last spring to find a new artistic motif for the bills. The mandated theme was “The Sea,” in honor of “its importance for Norway's business sector and economic prosperity.” From the 70 submitted proposals, a jury made up of artists, historians, and bank executives selected two very different winning entries to give each new notes a duality of both traditional and modern expression.

On the obverse, or "front," face, the Oslo-based graphic design firm The Metric System with Terje Tønnessen, created a a “typically Nordic” design that was found to be “very well suited to the incorporation of necessary security elements." A pixelated proposal by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta’s will be adopted for the reverse face.

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In its selection, the jury considered representation of Norwegian culture, integration of security measures, good interrelationships among denominations, and the prominence high-contrast colors that make each bill easily distinguishable to the visually impaired (a long overdue feature in U.S. bills, which are embarrassingly similar to one another). While the Metric System Proposal scored very highly in all respects, it was seen as a little too traditional, and the bank intends to make changes to the design to “dampen the idyllic expression.”

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Snøhetta’s original proposal, dubbed “The Beauty of Boundaries,” is an abstraction of the country’s coastline, represented through a pixel mosaic--“our times’ visual language,” note the architects--that change with each denomination, stretching with larger bills in accordance to the Beaufort scale, which measures wind speed according to an estimation of the wind’s effects.

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Snøhetta, as architects are wont to do, describe their proposal at greater length:

On the 50 NOK note the wind is gentle, represented by short, cubical shapes and long, tame waves in the organic pattern. On the 1000 NOK note the wind is strong, expressed through sharp long shapes on the cubes and short waves.

The pattern and the abstracted motives create a horizon. The horizon is perhaps the most used dramaturgy for expressing border crossings. The nuances are tied together by the horizon and overlapping in the pattern. Just as our cost, the different banknotes are connected. We have chosen black and white photos to enhance the colors of the cubical pattern, as well as to complement the Norwegian style and tone. The pictures contrast the rational system, and have motives with both direct and indirect storytelling. Our goal is to bring people into creating their own interpretations and associations. You will never know exactly what or how, but the design invites you into the beauty of boundaries – the transition between digital and analog, soft and hard – a dynamic that creates tension and life; just as the boundaries of our coast.  

Notably, the Series VIII banknotes will be the country’s first series that doesn’t feature a portrait of a significant cultural figure. Instead, “The Sea” was selected as the theme to explore a wide range creative possibilities while creating a visually cohesive system of banknotes. While from a design perspective, it doesn’t seem ideal to Frankenstein together two completely disparate concepts, the two designs are united by the maritime theme and, together, manage to create something unique, a type of liminal condition uniting past and present where, as Snøhetta says, “something meaningful and interesting happens.” Over the next few years, the designs will be adapted by the bank to accommodate new security elements that will make the notes counterfeit-proof - at least for now. Norges Bank expects the notes to be in wallets by 2017 and to have a circulation of 15 years - during which time new counterfeit measures will be developed and then the cycle will begin again.

Ancient Colors for Today’s Designers

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Author: Dominique Cardon September is New York Textile Month! In celebration, members of the Textile Society of America will author Object of the Day for the month. A non-profit professional organization of scholars, educators, and artists in the field of textiles, TSA provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles...

2011 Business of Design: Philip Duncan - a cycle for designers

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2011 Business of Design: Philip Duncan -Designers and business

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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