Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/35350967/

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18622259/

  • Designed by Massimo Vignelli
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Unknown Donor
  • multicolored
  • information
  • map
  • wayfinding

In his 1974 New York subway map, Massimo Vignelli used an eight-color palette to communicate the complex system, assigning each line a specific color. Critics found the diagrammatic plan too abstract, but many aspects of the design, including the color-coding of the lines, were retained in future iterations.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18498103/

  • Designed by Milton Glaser
  • screenprint on paper
  • Gift of Milton Glaser
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • display
  • exhibition
  • music
  • concert
  • concert poster
  • jazz

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18637365/

  • Designed by Massimo Vignelli
  • offset lithograph on paper
  • Gift of Massimo Vignelli

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18637367/

  • Designed by Massimo Vignelli
  • offset lithograph on paper
  • Gift of Massimo Vignelli
  • architects
  • architecture
  • stripes
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • exhibition
  • hats
  • typography
  • buildings
  • conference poster
  • event poster
  • exhibition poster
  • system

Vignelli’s influential posters and information systems employ horizontal grid lines as visual and structural elements.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641161/

  • black pastel chalk on white wove paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641201/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641203/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641205/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641207/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641209/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641211/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18641213/

  • graphite on white paper
  • Museum purchase through gift of the Advisory Council and bequest of Mary Hearn Greims and from Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Fund

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643023/

  • Designed by Eva Zeisel
  • graphite on off-white tracing paper
  • Gift of Eva Zeisel

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643059/

  • Designed by Eva Zeisel
  • graphite on off-white tracing paper
  • Gift of Eva Zeisel

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643079/

  • Designed by Eva Zeisel
  • graphite on vellum

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643081/

  • Designed by Eva Zeisel
  • cut paperboard stencil
  • Gift of Eva Zeisel

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18655149/

  • Designed by Milton Glaser
  • lithograph on heavy white paper
  • Gift of Milton Glaser
  • public
  • communication
  • graphic design
  • advertising
  • repetition
  • rhythm
  • grid
  • event poster

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18707303/

  • Designed by Eva Zeisel
  • molded, glazed porcelain
  • Gift of Peter Kahane
  • rounded
  • dining
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • drinking
  • curved
  • simple
  • globular
  • organic form
  • revolve

Zeisel collaborated with a number of ceramics manufacturers around the world. This white ovoid teapot with a fluted opening and delicately arched handle was manufactured in Russia by the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory (formerly the Imperial Porcelain Factory).

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18707305/

  • Designed by Eva Zeisel
  • glazed porcelain
  • revolve

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18710419/

  • Designed by Milton Glaser
  • offset lithograph on white wove paper
  • Gift of Richard Kusack

This iconic poster accompanied the record album, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. The design emerged from two independent sources of inspiration: the hair reflects the scrolling linear patterns of Islamic decoration, while the stark line of the silhouetted profile derives from the famous self-portrait of the avant-garde artist, Marcel Duchamp.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18730099/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, arsenic-free glass, molded polycarbonate resin
  • Gift of Apple
  • personal
  • entertainment
  • music
  • digital
  • minimalism
  • portable
  • innovative
  • extrude
  • orange plastic
  • monochromatic

Apple introduced the iPod, an all-white, personal music-player, in 2001, showcasing their now-iconic minimalist aesthetic. By 2009, the firm’s smaller iPod Nano was available in vibrant metallic colors. This shift reflects a change in the market for personal technology devices—a change that allowed for a greater range of choice and personalization.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18732295/

  • Designed by Bill Moggridge
  • Manufactured by GRiD Systems Corp.
  • die-cast magnesium, injection-molded plastic
  • Gift of Bill Moggridge
  • personal
  • open
  • digital
  • electronic
  • screen
  • designers
  • offices
  • technology
  • compact
  • mathematical
  • dense
  • portable
  • angular
  • innovative
  • keyboard
  • electronics
  • interface
  • interaction
  • black plastic

The screen of the GRiD Compass flips up to reveal a keyboard. Costing around $8,000, the GRiD was employed for elite business, government, and military applications. The GRiD was launched as desktop computers were about to become viable tools for homes and offices. Moggridge pioneered the emerging field of interaction design, which addresses the relationship between people and software.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18732299/

  • Designed by Bill Moggridge
  • sheet metal, extruded aluminum, compression molded phenolic plastic, wood
  • Gift of Bill Moggridge
  • extrude

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18754889/

  • Designed by Yves Béhar
  • Manufactured by MINI USA
  • stainless steel, enamel, rubber
  • Gift of Yves Béhar
  • timekeeping
  • digital
  • time
  • rectangular
  • watches
  • clocks

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757371/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, arsenic-free glass, molded polycarbonate resin
  • Gift of Apple
  • music
  • industrial design
  • technology
  • rectangular
  • colorful
  • apple

Apple introduced the iPod, an all-white, personal music-player, in 2001, showcasing their now-iconic minimalist aesthetic. By 2009, the firm’s smaller iPod Nano was available in vibrant metallic colors. This shift reflects a change in the market for personal technology devices—a change that allowed for a greater range of choice and personalization.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757373/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, arsenic-free glass, molded polycarbonate resin
  • Gift of Apple

Apple introduced the iPod, an all-white, personal music-player, in 2001, showcasing their now-iconic minimalist aesthetic. By 2009, the firm’s smaller iPod Nano was available in vibrant metallic colors. This shift reflects a change in the market for personal technology devices—a change that allowed for a greater range of choice and personalization.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757375/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, arsenic-free glass, molded polycarbonate resin
  • Gift of Apple

Apple introduced the iPod, an all-white, personal music-player, in 2001, showcasing their now-iconic minimalist aesthetic. By 2009, the firm’s smaller iPod Nano was available in vibrant metallic colors. This shift reflects a change in the market for personal technology devices—a change that allowed for a greater range of choice and personalization.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757377/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, arsenic-free glass, molded polycarbonate resin
  • Gift of Apple

Apple introduced the iPod, an all-white, personal music-player, in 2001, showcasing their now-iconic minimalist aesthetic. By 2009, the firm’s smaller iPod Nano was available in vibrant metallic colors. This shift reflects a change in the market for personal technology devices—a change that allowed for a greater range of choice and personalization.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757379/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, arsenic-free glass, molded polycarbonate resin
  • Gift of Apple
  • personal
  • entertainment
  • music
  • digital
  • minimalism
  • portable
  • innovative

This deep red Nano reflects changes in consumer tastes and expectations as much as developments in technology. No longer just a music player, the device has a microphone, FM radio tuner, video camera, and pedometer. The Nano can also store and play visual media on its 2.2-inch color screen.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757381/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • aluminum, glass, stainless steel
  • Gift of Apple
  • personal
  • entertainment
  • music
  • minimalism
  • sleek
  • innovative

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757383/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • aluminum, glass, stainless steel
  • Gift of Apple

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757385/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • polished anodized aluminum, glass, stainless steel
  • Gift of Apple

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18757387/

  • Designed by Apple Industrial Design Team
  • Manufactured by Apple Inc.
  • aluminum, glass, stainless steel
  • Gift of Apple

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18806201/

  • Designed by Massimo Vignelli
  • stoneware, glaze
  • Gift of Lella and Massimo Vignelli