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Now that the afterglow of New Year’s resolutions has faded excitement at the prospect of more time in the gym, better eating habits and becoming more organized may be waning. But before you (and I) throw in the towel here is one that I think designers will find inspiring and fun—Bill’s Design Talks. Organized by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and made possible in part by the Adobe Foundation is, Bill’s Design Talks a conversation and presentation series that gives designers a chance to listen, learn and be inspired design industry leaders.

Courtesy Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

This year the series includes winners from the 2012 National Design Awards. The first talk in the series will feature Clive Wilkinson, winner of the 2012 National Design Award for Interior Design discussing “the role of collaboration in designing for creative work environments” with Rosemarie Ryan, former co-president of JWT and co-founder and CEO of Co:, an advertising and branding agency. Additional winners being featured are Tim Prestero, CEO of Design that Matters, March 28; Stoss Landscape Urbanism, April 17; and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, May 29.

Commenting on the series Caroline Baumann, acting director of Cooper-Hewitt, said, “These popular talks, initiated by the late Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge, open up a dialogue with industry leaders and designers on the latest design trends and philosophies,” said, “It’s wonderful to have our 2013 slate of speakers featuring this year’s National Design Award winners.”

Previous talks have featured Chad Hurley of YouTube, Michael Bierut of Pentagram, Michael Graves and Acumen Fund’s Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz, among others and can be seen at and a gallery of past National Design Award winners work can be seen at

The series runs from March through May at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem at 111 Central Park North in New York. Advance registration is required at Readers outside the New York City area fret not; all programs will be webcast live at