When Paola Antonelli was just four years old, a family friend brought her a Fisher Price circus toy from the United States. It included tiny wood figures with hinged plastic arms, and it was the first time she remembers thinking critically about design. Now Antonelli is the Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and the Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art.
So what do those roles entail at such a venerable institution? How important is intuition versus a classical education in regards to design? And perhaps most importantly, what does design even mean—where are its borders—in today's cultural landscape? Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter's co-founder and CEO, sat down recently with Antonelli to ask these questions. The conversation was followed by an enlightening Q&A, and Antonelli even revealed what she considers to be the absolute worst design interface.