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Design Center Exhibition Debuts at Brookdale Community College

UNION, NJ - The exhibition, 100 Greatest Designs of the Past Thousand Years, which first appeared on the Kean campus in 2000, has been remounted at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. The show will run through Friday, October 30.

The exhibition showcases a wide range of design innovations over the past millennium, from the spinning wheel and the Model T, down to the paper clip and the zipper. The exhibition was originally created for The Design Center at Kean University by Professors Alan Robbins and Martin Holloway, with design majors helping in the research and production.

"Whether as the ordinary objects of our daily lives," said, Robbins, "the visual or physical environment we live in, our tools and devices, or even our means of communication, this exhibition showcases those revolutionary innovations that made the world modern."

The exhibition is unique in the way it was created. Robbins and Holloway asked Kean students and faculty to make suggestions about which designs, in a variety of fields, most mattered in the modern world. From the hundreds of suggestions, the professors chose the designs that seemed the most significant and, in some cases, most unexpected.

The exhibition includes an area for visitors to add their own choices. When it first appeared at Kean University, there were dozens of excellent ideas for designs not in the show, proving that design is dynamic and continues to mold our culture.

The new version will be mounted in Brookdale’s impressive Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Center for Visual Arts Building. "There is a lot of terrific, sincere interest in this beautiful show," said gallery director Professor Marie Maber.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, please contact Professor Alan Robbins at 908-737-4439.