Intelligent Designs

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Two of the curators for "Design Life Now" the national design triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum join us to talk about today’s design and what it says about today’s society. Barbara Bloemink is the deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Museum of Arts & Design, and Ellen Lupton is the director of the graphic design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art, a curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt and the author of D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007).


Barbara Bloemink and Ellen Lupton

Comments [5]

David Tussey from NYC

Great show. The CH museum has made dramatic improvements in the quality and relevancy of their shows. This is no exception. Thank you.

Jul. 05 2007 12:13 PM
Mark Zimmermann from Brooklyn

What was the name of the magazine that one of the design guests mentioned? the one that enables people to tinker with source material.

Jul. 03 2007 04:58 PM
Theodore from 100 East 39th Street

General Motors has been losing market share to Toyota since the late 1970s. Is the massive transfer of market share from General Motors to Toyota a function of design? Could better design be all it takes to put a competitor as large as GM out of business? If design is that critical, how do you capture it?

Jul. 03 2007 11:54 AM
jake from astoria, ny

Being a graphic designer who works and lives in the city, I can't help but feel saddened by the overwhelming amount of BAD design that keeps being recycled and accepted by the masses. Advertising, packages, even signage, is just so boring for the masses that I feel it really does bog down much of the creativity and expectation of society. While this exhibition may attract attention to innovation and achievement, I don't think it solves the problem of raising the level of expectation.

Jul. 03 2007 11:52 AM

The more the public knows about design the more they want to be designers: "design on a dime" flourishes and average quality lowers.

Jul. 03 2007 11:52 AM

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