Resource Spotlight: Design Museum

Feb 26, 2017

Resource Spotlight: Design Museum

Feb 26, 2017

This week we spoke to Tess Favini, Events & Marketing Producer at Design Museum Boston. Design Museum is a network of museums that educate the public on design through exhibitions, events, projects and more.

GH: What is Design Museum?

Design Museum is a network of pop-up nomadic museums aimed in educating the public on the impact of design through interactive exhibitions, events, and demonstration projects.

GH: How can Boston startups best benefit from what you do?

We hold so many events around town, always in new places, so it’s super easy to meet new connections as well as re-connect with colleagues met at past events.

GH: What have you learned from Boston area entrepreneurs?

Boston is a truly dynamic environment that can sustain an organization such as our own. We’ve found that we thrive because of the community of designers and non-designers alike that like what we do and want to see us continue to contribute to Boston’s cultural landscape.

GH: What are some of the resources the Boston ecosystem has to offer in your opinion?

We may be a small city, but that only means that it’s super easy to become well-connected here. We love how vast our community has grown over the past 7 years and are excited to see how it will continue to grow.

GH: What is the Boston ecosystem lacking from your perspective?

Discussion around accessible design, but that’s where we come in!

GH: What is the best/worse advice you were given along the way?

The best piece of advice I’ve been given is to never stop learning– to be a sponge and absorb as much as you can from the people around you.

GH: What was the best thing that happened to you last year?

Design Museum installed two public playgrounds: Playcubes in Chinatown Park and PlayForm7 in City Hall Plaza. Both were meant to be temporary installations but the community overwhelmingly voted to keep Playcubes in Chinatown and PlayForm7 is now permanently installed in Roslindale. We also hosted our first Workplace Innovation Summit, which was a full day examining the future of the workplace. It was awesome!

GH: What can you tell us about building the right culture at Design Museum?

A core team value of Design Museum is that we strive to be the nicest people in the room. Our team is small but we all make sure to support one another in all that we do!

GH: What does the future hold for Design Museum?

Design Museum will continue to bring high quality design related programs to Greater Boston and beyond. This year, we’re excited to bring Extraordinary Playscapes to both San Francisco and Chicago, as well as host another Workplace Innovation Summit in Boston this fall, as well as in San Francisco.

GH: What does the future hold for the Boston innovation economy?

Boston has a strong foundation in being a place where entrepreneurs and innovation can thrive, and we’re sure that the future will remain bright for innovation in Boston!

Learn more about Design Museum here. 

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