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June 13, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
The Hungarian Avant-Garde, 1921–25

On any given day, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Print Room may be full of studio art students viewing contemporary screenprints, art history students researching works for their term papers, or curators from other institutions planning exhibitions. Read more

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Little things making BIG things happen in the MoMA Store Windows
The completed window at MoMA Stores midtown NYC location.

Completed window at the MoMA Design Store midtown Manhattan location

The MoMA Stores have devoted our New York retail windows to feature a very special little product, a product “big enough” to be included in the Museum’s own design collection. The windows include larger than life-size objects that flicker, move, and spin through the technology of littleBits, tiny circuit boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets. Read more

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April 8, 2013  |  Behind the Scenes, Design
One Typeface Fits All at MoMA

Although there are a million typefaces to choose from, MoMA Design Studio chose to only use one typeface for the majority of The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition identities. Why?

MoMA Gothic typeface. Typeface designed by Matthew Carter

MoMA Gothic typeface. Typeface designed by Matthew Carter

At MoMA, we are tasked to design roughly 40 different title walls each year to accompany a wide variety of exhibitions. To manage workload, we made the decision four years ago to have two-thirds of the workload “templatized” by sticking to one typeface—our house font, MoMA Gothic (which is based on Franklin Gothic)—for all collection rotations. Read more

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March 21, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Coding a Title Wall

It’s always exciting to try new things as part of MoMA’s graphic design team. In the case of Applied Design, the new Department of Architecture and Design exhibition curated by Paola Antonelli and Kate Carmody, we got to challenge ourselves by using technology featured in the show to program a moving, dynamic title wall. Read more

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February 11, 2013  |  Design
Getting to Play at Work

When MoMA’s graphic design team first started working on the newest MoMA Art Lab, I already knew how successful the designs for past Labs had been (and was kind of intimidated to work on one). Unlike most of the exhibitions we work on, the Labs are interactive spaces where kids and families can explore and play while learning about art hands-on. Read more

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November 29, 2012  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Video Games: 14 in the Collection, for Starters

Now on View!

We are very proud to announce that MoMA has acquired a selection of 14 video games, the seedbed for an initial wish list of about 40 to be acquired in the near future, as well as for a new category of artworks in MoMA’s collection that we hope will grow in the future. This initial group, now installed for your delight in the Applied Design exhibition the Museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries, features: Read more

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October 16, 2012  |  Design
A Paean to the Phases of the Moon

Irwin Glusker. 2013 Phases of the Moon Calendar. 2011

Since time immemorial the curious have gazed at the ever-changing shape, color, and size of the moon and wondered. The luminous, celestial orb has inspired songs, myths, poetry, and art for thousands of years, and, as we now know, is responsible for the life-enriching tides of the oceans. Read more

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August 15, 2012  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design
Thanks to Thor: The Story of Tripp Trapp

In 1972, while platform shoes, waistlines, and the first recorded Pong scores were high, a young boy in Norway was feeling, literally, pretty low. Read more

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August 1, 2012  |  Collection & Exhibitions, Design, Videos
The Spirit of Play—a Czech Collaboration

MoMA’s Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 exhibition includes objects from across the 20th century and from around the world.  Read more

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Century of the Child Online

Screenshot of Century of the Child exhibition website

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 is an exploration and celebration of modern design for children in the 20th century, bringing together designers and artists from around the world. Read more