“D” is for Design

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On a day when the letter “D” has been hijacked by one of the world’s most exciting brands (see separate blog post on Tesla, today), let’s not forget that in our world of innovation, “Design” is among the most important “D-words.”

Tonight, many of the world’s most creative spirits are gathering at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan to honor this year’s recipients of the National Design Awards.

The National Design Awards were conceived 15 years ago by The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design.  Launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program honors leaders across categories from product design, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, fashion design, interactive design, communication design, corporate communications, institutional achievement, design mind, and lifetime achievement.

With revolutionary change happening at accelerated rates across industries without discrimination, let’s pause to honor this year’s Design Award winners and acknowledge the impact their design has had on all of our lives.

As the only museum in the US devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design, let’s also recognize and acknowledge Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, which educates, inspires, and empowers people through design. This December, the Museum will complete its transformative renovation, resulting in 60% more gallery space, and a highly innovative interactive experience.

Regrettably, I must miss this year’s awards, but my congratulations go out to the winners, Director Caroline Baumann and her team. Read about the awards and winners here and be sure to visit the new museum upon their reopening late December.