Design Dictionary: Ceramics

See how ceramics are made in this short video. Gil Grimmett shows how to create a basic project on the pottery wheel at Clayworks on Columbia in Brooklyn, New York. This piece took about 4 hours of...

Design Dictionary: Offset Lithography

See how offset lithography works in this short video. Kim Michalak shows how to print in four different colors on the offset proof press at Derriere L'etole studio in Manhattan, New York....

Design Dictionary: Powder Bed 3D Printing

See how 3D printing works in this short video. The machine shown is a ProJet, which uses powdered resin and ink. This demonstration is courtesy of Joe Borrello at 3D Systems. This "part"...

Design Dictionary: Extrusion 3D Printing

See how 3D printing works in this short video. The machine shown is a 3DS Cube, which uses extruded ABS plastic. This demonstration is courtesy of Alex Benham at 3D Systems. This "part"...

Design Dictionary: Laser Cutting

See how laser cutting works in this short video. Elizabeth Vilchis and Joe Borello demonstrate how to create a simple shape on the laser cutter. They are working at the Zahn Center in Manhattan,...

Design Dictionary: Bobbin Lacemaking

See how bobbin lace is made in this short video. Ellyane Hutchinson demonstrates a basic lacemaking project at the Textile Arts Center's Brooklyn facility. This lace making project took about...

Design Dictionary: Glassblowing

See how glassblowing works in this short video. Partner glassblowers Romina Gonzales and Edison Zapata demonstrate how to blow a simple drinking cup. They are working in the new studios at...

Design Dictionary: Papermaking

See how paper is made by hand in this short video. Paper maker and educator Amy Jacobs demonstrates the basics of this technique at Dieu Donné papermill in Manhattan. This paper making project...

Design Dictionary: Tapestry Weaving

See how tapestry weaving works in this short video. Nadia Yaron demonstrates three types of tapestry joins in her Brooklyn storefront studio, Nightwood. What differentiates tapestry weaving from...

Design Dictionary: Stone Lithography

See how stone lithography works in this short video. Deborah Chaney, a professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, demonstrates this technique in the Pratt print shop. This print took about...

Design Dictionary: Embroidery

See how embroidery is made by hand in this short video. Nguyen Le of knitknit demonstrates the basics, including satin stitch, chain stitch and french knot technique. She also adds a backing...

Design Dictionary: Weaving

See how weaving works in this short video. Weaver Cynthia Alberto demonstrates a simple weaving project using a standard floor loom. She is working at Weaving Hand, the studio she founded in...

Rotating View of Tall Green Bloom

A screen capture of the urn being rotated in Rhinoceros 3D, a type of 3D modeling software.

Flight Patterns Video

Video clip showing the Flight Patterns animation in action.

Kinematic Jewelry Demo

A screen capture showing how a necklace can be re-shaped using a digital user interface.

Sawdust Screen Process

A video showing how the Sawdust Screen progressed from digital design to 3D-printed object.

Generative Skateboard Demo

A demonstration of the generatively-designed, 3D-printable skateboard.

Prosthetic Leg Demo

A demonstration of the 3D-printed prosthetic leg.

Curator's tour of Graphic Design: Now in Production with Ellen Lupton on Governor's Island.

In this guided tour of exhibition highlights, Ellen Lupton talks about works by Aesthetic Apparatus, Anthony Burrill, Ben Fry, Christophe Szpaidel, Christopher Doyle, Daniel Eatock, Experimental...

Guided Exhibition Tour with Ted Muehling & Sarah Coffin

Cooper-Hewitt's Curator and Head of Product Design and Decorative Arts, Sarah Coffin, together with designer Ted Muehling, give a guided tour of the 2011 exhibition, Ted Muehling Selects:...

Isabel and Ruben Toledo on the Kuba Skirt

Isabel & Ruben Toledo of Toledo Studio get a hands-on look at an early 20th century Kuba skirt, part of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum collection. They describe the connections between this...

Stone Tools Informational Video

Learn how to discriminate between ancient stone tools and regular rocks with Paleoanthropologist John Shea.

Lakota Winter Counts Informational Video

Two Smithsonian experts describe the Lakota tradition of creating Winter Counts as a way of recording events.

LiDAR Scanning the Carnegie Mansion

See how state-of-the-art 3D scanning, 3D imaging, and 3D printing techniques came together in this epic effort to fully model Andrew Carnegie's 1903 mansion in the heart of New York City. The...

PillCam Demo Video

An animation showing how the PillCam device works once it has been swallowed by a medical patient.

LiDAR Demo Video

A video showing how LiDAR laser scanning technology works.

MoboSens Demo Video

An introduction to the MoboSens liquid sensing technology, which pairs a low cost liquid sensor with a smartphone.

VScan Demo

A video promoting GE's Vscan technology and innovative features.

GeneRADAR Demo Video

Nanobiosym CEO Dr. Anita Goel explains how GeneRADAR works, and its implications for the future of healthcare.

Gut Parka Informational Video

Two different experts shed light on the gutskin parka-- how they were traditionally made, and how they are conserved today.

LiDAR on Mount Rushmore

A video showing how LiDAR technology was used to create a hi-res virtual model of Mount Rushmore, and how it's used in historic preservation and public education efforts.

Made in Space

A demonstration of the first 3D Printer to be used in space.

RoboBee Demo Video

Demonstration of an insect-sized robot in flight.

Robohand Demo Video

The Robohand's creator talks about how the device works, plus a testimonial from a Robohand user.

Leveraged Freedom Chair Demo Video

A demonstration of what the Leveraged Freedom Wheelchair can do, its key innovation, and a testimonial from one user in India.