Every three years (starting in 2000) the Cooper-Hewitt museum located in the Upper East Side, hosts the National Design Triennial. I have been to 2 of the past exhibitions, and I really enjoy them. This year’s Why Design Now opens today.
“…the Triennial program seeks out and presents the most innovative designs at the center of contemporary culture. In this fourth exhibition in the series, the National Design Triennial will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes.”
One of my design heroes, Michael Bierut of Pentegram has designed the catalog for this years event. According to Pentegram “Michael Bierutâ€™s Green Patriot Poster campaign is one of the graphic design projects selected for the triennial, and he and Yve Ludwig have designed the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. Bierut was the 2008 Design Mind honoree in Cooper-Hewittâ€™s National Design Awards. Bierut and Ludwig will discuss the design of the catalogue in a special presentation with Bill Moggridge, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, on Thursday, May 27.” I really like the color highlighting motif used throughout the book.
So be sure to check it out. You can get more info at the Why Design Now site.
Side note: There is a great interview with Michael Bierut at Facing Sideways.