Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY
1st Floor, Nancy and Edwin Marks Gallery
IDEO, a leading innovation and design firm for more than 20 years, uses works from the museum's permanent collection to explore the theme of "design thinking" -- an approach used to solve design problems over the past five centuries based on three categories: influence, intuition, and empathy. Each of the 30 works selected, ranging from the 16th century to the present, share a story about the ways in which the designer solved an everyday problem. Included are a suite of flashlights in various colors and sizes, a 1969 Valentine typewriter, a 20th-century cane with a pull-out map, a 19th-century textile panel with instructions for creating hand shadow puppets, and a child's chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames (ca. 1944).