National Design Week 2017

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is hosting National Design Week 2017 from Oct. 14 to 22 with a series of free programs for all ages, led and inspired by National Design Award winners. Read more about the 2017 winners. See the week's events in Design Across America.

Launched in 2006, National Design Week, led by Cooper Hewitt's award-winning Education Department, celebrates the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. In recognition of the importance of design education, organizations and institutions across the country sponsor design events throughout the month. The online Educator Resource Center features design-focused lesson plans and discussion boards for K–12 educators interested in incorporating design in their classrooms.

The site includes lesson plans aligned to national standards for all grade levels and helps teachers of all subjects learn ways to promote innovation, critical thinking, visual literacy, and problem-solving across the curriculum.