Draw Your Emotions

Can you combine a simple shape, color and emotion to create a unique character design?

Squiggly Character

Can you use a squiggle to create a unique character design?

Luxo Jr. Pencil Test

Luxo Jr. is a short film directed by John Lasseter in 1986, during the early days of Pixar. The film made its debut at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference that year. It was the first...

The Incredibles Set Design

In the years following World War II, modern design flourished in homes and public spaces, fueled by new manufacturing techniques and a rising, optimistic middle class. The sleek, comfortable, and...

Luxo Jr.

“Luxo Jr. sent shock waves through the entire industry—to all corners of computer and traditional animation. At that time, most traditional artists were afraid of the computer. They did not...

The Incredibles End Credits

At the end of the Incredibles, Brad [Bird] wanted to do something really special with the titles. He had this very graphic idea in mind." —Teddy Newton, Character Designer, The Incredibles...

The Incredibles Credits Design

Hear from Character Designer Teddy Newton and Director of Photography Andrew Jimenez on how The Incredibles End Credits came together.

Brave Character Design

This video showcases the virtual model created for the character Merida, featured in the Pixar animated feature Brave (2012). Technical artists use the model packets as a blueprint for creating a...

Ten Thousand Cents

Ten Thousand Cents is a digital rendering of a $100 bill created from individually crowdsourced drawings.

Sue Lawty on Ainu Robe

Artist Sue Lawty examines the Ainu robe and discusses its properties as a garment made from elm bark. Lawty explored the Cooper Hewitt collection as part of her Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

Sue Lawty on Paper Vest

Artist Sue Lawty examines the shifu (paper cloth) sweat protector and discusses its unique qualities. Lawty explored the Cooper Hewitt collection as part of her Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.

Design By Hand | Ralph Rucci

Public Lecture: Join us as Ralph Rucci talks about his creative process, inspiration, and the role of the hand in his work. About the Design by Hand series: Launched in fall 2013 with the iconic...

The Morse Historic Design Lecture Series | The Future of Design with Bruce Mau

Design has changed the way we interact with the world. From hand-held smart products to large-scale systems and networks, designers have envisioned a brave new world of connectivity and autonomy....

Design Talks I Game Changers: Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

Announcing “Game Changers,” a new series of design conversations with influential and innovative practitioners, thinkers, and industry leaders across design disciplines. The series launches on...

Beautiful Users | Hacking Consumer Goods

Personal 3D printing technologies are moving design and manufacturing into the hands of users, allowing makers to create—and share—digital files for producing physical objects. Hacking, long...

Gramlich Poster Reel

A collection of animated posters shown back-to-back.

Colour Perception

Animation about our perception of color.

Focal Points Process Documentation

Studio process documentation from René Put and Rianne Petter, related to the publication Poster N° 524.

Elaine Lustig Cohen Interview

Graphic designer and artist Elaine Lustig Cohen on alphabets, her partnership with Alvin Lustig, developing an independent practice, and a forgotten tool: the ruling pen.

Robot Invasion: Are Smart Products Running Your Life?

Advanced robotic prosthetics are breaking down the difference between human and machine, while consumer products equipped with cameras, sensors, and software seek to observe and learn from our...

Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things, a film by Gael Towey

Don’t miss the world premiere of Gael Towey’s latest short film, Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things. The film profiles renowned visual storyteller Maira Kalman as she curates Maira Kalman...

Lockwood de Forest | Passion for the Exotic

Join Cooper Hewitt curators Sarah Coffin and Gail Davidson, and Lockwood de Forest scholar Roberta Mayer for three presentations celebrating the Carnegie Mansion’s newly restored Teak Room....

Universal Design: Myth or Reality?

Where did “universal design” come from, and where is it headed? Will our future be populated with products that work for everyone, or we will increasingly use devices customized for an audience...

Big and Bigger: Designing for Scale

Join Cooper Hewitt curator Matilda McQuaid as she moderates a panel discussion about the role tools play in large-scale projects. Panelists including Paul Ceruzzi of the National Air & Space...

Hybrid Ekso Bionic Suit Demo

A demonstration of the Ekso Bionic Suit in use by an otherwise wheelchair-bound person.

Highlights from Solar Wall

Video display of our sun’s surface from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO); Satellite launch date: February 11, 2010

In Memory of Bill Moggridge

A tribute to esteemed museum director Bill Moggridge, who passed away on September 8, 2012 following a battle with cancer. Hear about his pioneering work and influence in the field of design from...

Ben Cerveny on Planetary App

Designer Ben Cerveny talks about Planetary, a music library visualization app for iPad, as well as the future of interaction design.

Michael Eden on Bloom Vase

Maker Michael Eden talks about the thinking and process behind his "Tall Green Bloom" urn, created with CAD software and 3D printing techniques.

Philippe Apeloig on the VIVO IN TYPO poster

Graphic designer Philippe Apeloig describes the process and thinking behind his VIVO IN TYPO poster.

Damián Ortega on Controller of the Universe

Artist Damián Ortega speaks about his piece, Controller of the Universe.

Design Dictionary: Screen Printing

See how screen printing works in this short video. Master Printer Erik Hougen demonstrates how to screen print an image. He is working at the Lower East Side printshop in Manhattan, New York. The...

Design Dictionary: Needle Felting

See how needle felting works in this short video. David Morgan from Etsy demonstrates how to make simple felt beads. This string of beads took about 45 minutes to make.