Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Tech that reads your mood, hangover-free booze, clever advertising and more in this week's look at the web

1. Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Though the museum was originally proposed a century ago, Washington DC’s Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture finally opened its doors this past weekend. Telling important stories about black people, issues and culture, the museum has some 36,000 artifacts on display. We’re most excited about items that represent some of the first …

Maira Kalman Selects at the Cooper Hewitt

After a three-year closure, the design museum celebrates its reopening with a poetic exhibit of the writer and illustrator's favorite things

After a $91 million, three-year renovation, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is finally reopening its doors to the public today, 12 December 2014. Inside the former Fifth Avenue mansion of Andrew Carnegie, where the museum is housed, expect to encounter 10 new exhibitions that not only show off the range of the Cooper Hewitt’s collection but its new expanded spaces and technology upgrades. CH …

Smithsonian’s “Great Design” Book

A spectacular survey of great moments and individuals in the expansive world of design, from the 1860s onward

Only the Smithsonian Institution could compile a survey of design from the 1860s onward and somehow land every major milestone. Their new book, released this month by DK Publishing, is as comprehensive as it is beautiful. Covering design from across the world, the book incorporates everything from technology to textiles, furniture and industrial design. Full photographic galleries—including detail shots and even sketches—meet insight in this …