Beautiful Users: Designing for People

June 25 - October 2, 2016

Beautiful Users: Designing for People, organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, features nearly 100 objects that illustrate the evolution of “user-centered design”—from the mid–20th-century work of Henry Dreyfuss (who coined the phrase “designing for people”) to the complex systems and services that today’s designers are developing.

Some exhibition objects include:

  • Examples of the Human-scale measurement system, which aids in design for children, the elderly, the differently abled, and people of diverse height
  • Objects designed for comfort and function, ranging from Dreyfuss’s Princess telephone to Amos Winter’s Leveraged Freedom wheelchair
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Roomba Cam, which repurposes the household gadget for surveillance purposes

The exhibition is a traveling exhibition organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. For press inquiries, please contact Carrie Whitney, cwhitney@museumofdesign.org.

Photo Credit: Jo Zhou

We are grateful to the sponsors and supporters of this exhibition:


On You: Wearing Technology

June 26 - October 2, 2016

Wearable technology and head-mounted displays are in the press daily. Why now? While the basic technology has existed for decades, only recently have these devices become practical and desirable.

On You: Wearing Technology looks at the challenges along the road to making a consumer wearable computer: power and heat, networking, mobile input, and display through examples of consumer, professional, and “maker” devices.  The exhibition also includes personal stories of individuals who use or create wearable technology. Are you wearing technology? Is technology ON YOU?

  • Clint Zeagler – Curator & Designer
  • Thad Starner – Curator & Designer
  • Maria Wong Sala – Designer & Photographer
  • Nick Bitzis –  Designer
  • Yoni Kaplan – Designer
  • Kevin Shankwiler – Designer

This exhibition is organized by the Georgia Tech Wearable Computing Center.

Pixi Dress design and photo credit: Zane Cochran

For press inquiries, please contact Carrie Whitney, cwhitney@museumofdesign.org.

Photo credit: Jo Zhou

We are grateful to the sponsors & supporters of this exhibition: