A bevy of next-generation design projects are being featured through November 7th at New York City's Museum of Modern Art
as part of 'Talk To Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects
', which opened last week.
Senior curator Paola Antonelli
, along with curatorial assistant Kate Carmody
, have assembled a collection of important work pushing the boundaries of communication, from the fanciful to the eminently practical - the New York City transit system's Metrocard machine is featured.
The introductory statement outlines the exhibitions goals:
'New branches of design practice have emerged from the past decades that combine design's old-fashioned preoccupations - with form, function, and meaning - with a focus on the exchange of information and even emotion. Communication design deals with the delivery of messages, encompassing graphic design, wayfinding, and communicative objects of all kinds, from printed materials to three-dimensional and digital projects. Interface and interaction design delineate the behavior of products and systems as well as the experiences that people will have with them. Information and visualization design deal with the maps, diagrams, and tools that filter and make sense of information. In critical design, conceptual scenarios are built around hypothetical objects to comment on the social, political, and cultural consequences of new technologies and behaviors.'
You've undoubtedly seen many of the works featured here and in the pages of Contagious
, so we'd urge you to stop up when passing through New York to see them in person. If that isn't possible, the elements are all online, at the exhibition's excellent homepage
, created by Stamen Design
. Images (courtesy MoMA):
1) The exhibition entrance
2) Toshio Iwai's Tenori-on light-and-sound synthesizing instrument
3) Bernhard Hopfengartner's 'Hello World'
4) 'Animal Superpowers Ant', from Christopher Woebken and Kenichi Okada of the Desgn Interactions Department at the Royal College of Art
5) Mike Thompson's 'Wifi Dowsing Rod'
6) Stamen Design's exhibition homepage