News for the Week of April 14

Industry News
The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, has announced the jurors for its 2008 National Design Awards. They are Tim Brown, jury chair and chief executive officer and president, IDEO; James Carpenter, principal, James Carpenter Design Associates; Francisco Costa, creative director, Calvin Klein Collection for women, Calvin Klein, Inc.; Camilo Pardo, design chief, Special Vehicles Team and Living Legends Studio, Ford Motor Company; Mark Robbins, dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture; Georgianna Stout, founding partner and creative director, 2×4; Raquel Tudela, global creative director, Bloomberg L.P.; Lauren Zalaznick, president, Bravo and Oxygen Media.

The awards jury will meet on Tuesday, May 13, to discuss the current state of design in America and the selection process for this year’s winners and finalists. This event will be broadcast live on Cooper-Hewitt’s website.

Symposia, Conferences & Trade Shows

Gravity Free: Multidisciplinary Design Innovation Conference
May 12–14, 2008
Chicago, IL

Registration is open for Gravity Free: 2008. This year’s theme, “The Year of Dangerous Minds,” celebrates creative risk-taking in the realms of architecture, interior design, product design, urban planning, graphic design, and even screenwriting. Speakers include Chip Kidd, Luigi Colani, Jamie Drake, Stefan Sagmeister, Jake Barton, Deborah Adler, and Massimo Vignelli.

IIT Institute of Design Strategy Conference
May 22–May 23, 2008
Chicago, IL

Now in its fourth year, the conference continues to work to build a stronger bridge between design and business strategy. Speakers include Bill Buxton, principal researcher at Microsoft; Michael J. Critelli, executive chairman of Pitney Bowes; Claudia Kotchka and A.G. Lafley, respectively, vice president of design innovation and strategy and chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, and Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprises, which designs practical solutions to attack poverty at its roots.

Applied Brilliance
October 14–16, 2008
Sagamore Hotel
Bolton Landing, NY

This annual event for architects and designers promotes creativity and innovation, through an original interdisciplinary approach that reveals critical shifts in cultural trends. It is designed as a non-commercial, powerful collaboration among attendees and world-class thought leaders in identifying the most important emerging trends and issues that affect us professionally and personally. Speakers include Thomas Cahill, author of The Hinge Points of History; Catherine Stellin, youth trends director at Creative Artists Agency; and Robert Thurman, professor of Buddhist studies at Columbia University.

Go See

Full Risk! Gambling from Ancient Times to the Present
Badisches Landesmuseum
Karlsruhe, Germany 
April 12–August 17, 2008
Installed in a castle, this exhibition is dedicated to the cultural history of gambling, its associated objects and tools, and contemporary online gambling games. A comprehensive program with lectures and special events accompanies the show.


Rhode Island School of Design

Veterans Memorial Auditorium and Rhode Island Convention Center,
Providence, RI
May 17: Collection 2008 (annual runway show presented by RISD’s Apparel Design Department); May 21–June 1: Graduate Thesis Exhibition (painting, sculpture, industrial design, textiles, photography, and nine other disciplines)

The Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York, NY
May 6-May 9
On display at this annual juried exhibition of Pratt students: advertising, digital arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, industrial design, jewelry, and packaging design. Show hours: Tuesday May 6, 9AM-5PM; Wednesday May 7, 9AM-9PM; Thursday May 8, 9AM-1PM.

Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
New York, NY
May 12-May 13
A two-day festival of interactive sight, sound and technology from the student artists and innovators at ITP. Show hours: 5-9PM daily.

School of Visual Arts
Art Directors Club Gallery
106 West 29th Street
New York, NY
April 7-April 18
Portfolio show for the advertising and graphic design students at New York’s School of Visual Arts featuring ads, campaigns, designs, digital videos and 3-D work.


Ample Sample
Deadline: May 10
Create a design idea that will transform carpet samples into a fixture, a personal accessory, or any other product you dream up.
Winning designs will be promoted at NeoCon and in Floor Focus magazine and will be made available as a free download to forward-thinking designers from around the world. For information and entry forms:

Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism
Deadline: June 2, 2008

The Winterhouse Writing Awards seek to increase the understanding and appreciation of design, both within the profession and throughout American life. The award of $10,000, for a body of work by a writer under the age of 40, is open to critics, designers, educators, historians, journalists, and scholars who are U.S. citizens or full-time residents for at least three years. An education award of $1,000 is open to students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) whose writing demonstrates extraordinary originality and promise. 2008 Jurors are Jessica Helfand, Michael Bierut, Kevin Lippert, and Judith Thurman. For information and applications: