new study shows that dogs do use color vision. they’d memorized the color associated with the raw meat, not whether it was dark or light. via smithsonian [RK]
We are reminded that [ National Design Week ] runs from 13 > 21 October. NDW is Cooper-Hewitt’s largest education initiative and aims to draw national attention to the ways in which design enriches everyday life.
Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards program. During National Design Week, Cooper-Hewitt’s award-winning Education Department hosts a series of free public programs based on the vision and work of the National Design Awards honorees. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards gala ceremony.
In recognition of the importance of design education, organizations and institutions across the country sponsor design events throughout the month. [ details ]
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The Cooper-Hewitt has had to make a lot of adjustments in its programming during the renovations of their Upper East Side location, which will be closed for the next two years. For starters, the Design Talks series hosted by the museum’s director, Bill Moggridge, are being held at WNYC’s Greene Space, and their upcoming exhibition “Graphic Design: Now in Production,” will take place on Governor’s Island.
The other consideration they’ve had to make is for their massive National Design Library. The library itself was established in the 1890s by the Hewitt sisters, and the collection has occupied the third floor of the museum since the it was obtained by the Smithsonian in the 70s. More than two years of planning has gone into moving the 80,000 volumes, 4,500 trade catalogues and several collections of pictures to two new spaces, the Miller and Fox House, a townhouse adjacent to the museum, and a conservation and storage facility in New Jersey.
Not to worry, two chandelier-lit public reading rooms at the Miller and Fox House will allow access to bound serials an reference volumes. There’s another space, too, a quiet reading room where serious researchers can pull volumes of magazines and exhibition catalogues from bookcases nestled into the wood-paneled walls. Most of the collection, however, is housed in a temperature-controlled facility in New Jersey.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is pleased to announce an open call for nominations for the thirteenth annual National Design Awards program. 2012 nominations due: 15 December 2011. Questions? designawards at si dot edu 212 849 8337.