Meet the Alumni: Class of 2016
Adam is a freelance design consultant and works with companies such as Blue Apron, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ideo.org, Whole Foods, Tomorrow Lab, and Bark Box, to name a few. He also launched his own podcast, My Life in Letters, in which he documents the lives of graffiti artists and letter enthusiasts, as well as the culture created by graffiti art. You can listen to the podcast through iTunes and Google Play. Adam has spent the majority of his life crafting and telling stories through various forms of performance. He’s been working as a voice over actor in New York City for many years and can be heard on radio stations across the nation. He has 20 years of experience as a public artist specifically using highly flammable and pressurized enamel paints.
Isioma is the Creative Director for VICE Media. She provides creative direction to project designers and video editors, and also conceptualizes for branded content on VICE’s platforms. Her prior experience includes working for Mother New York and PSFK Labs. Prior to joining MFA Products of Design, Isioma received her BA in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley.
Eden is one of the co-founders and lead designers for Double Take Labs—a transdisciplinary design studio making exhibitions, robots and installations for clients such as MoMA Store. Previously, she worked as a designer and brand strategist at Pentagram in New York City. Eden has had experience in graphic design, UX/UI, packaging, furniture, architecture, exhibition design and design strategy for companies such as Gensler, Finell, Acumen Design, and Blue Genie Art Industries. She received her BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jonathan "Jon" Lung is an American television personality, industrial designer and graphic designer. He is a co-host on the Science Channel TV series MythBusters, a reboot of the original show which premiered November 15, 2017. Lung and his co-host Brian Louden won their hosting duties on the reality television competition series MythBusters: The Search, which aired in January and February 2017. When he’s not in front of the camera, John generates concepts, prototypes and tests as a product designer, and also designs and builds furniture. He also works as a freelance graphic designer.
Roya is an interdisciplinary and intercultural designer with a background in Physics. She is a design technologist for JPMorgan Chase & Co., and splits her time between San Francisco and New York City. She completed her Bachelor of Design (BDes) from The York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design (YSDN) in Toronto, where she practiced theoretical, research, and practical aspects of design.
Souvik is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of Cathbuddy Inc.—a medical design firm that is developing a device that safely sterilizes, stores and reuses catheters. They were the winners of Tufts’ 2018 $100K New Ventures Competition. Souvik also serves as the Healthcare Solutions Lead for J&J Design in New York City. He graduated from Harvard College in 2011, majoring in Social Studies. Prior to joining Products of Design, he worked as a trader at JP Morgan Chase.
Panisa works as the Independent Design Professional for Blue Ribbon Objects. She studied Industrial Design at Chulalongkorn University. Inspired by her family’s toy business, many of her projects have focused on children’s learning and playing experience. She has presented her work at Tokyo Designer Week 2014, and has worked as a toy designer and fashion accessories designer for Guidecraft, Blue Ribbon Marketing and Crafactor. Many of her designs have been distributed in trade fairs throughout Europe and Asia.
Adem Önalan is an industrial designer for Pensa. His previous employers include Farm-design, Metaphys and Hers Experimental Design Library, and Akcan Plastic. He received his Bachelor’s from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His works have been awarded by several international and national design authorities such as Red Dot Design Award, iF Design Award, International Design Excellence Awards. He has contributed to international design fairs and exhibitions such as Tokyo Designers Week and Turkey Innovation Week. In 2013, Adem was nominated for the Student of Asia Award by the Design Association of Japan.
Judy is a Brooklyn-based architect and designer who received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has worked for the last 15 years in the commercial architecture and construction industry, at the nexus between workplace strategy, design, and behavior. She was most recently the Director of Design and Construction for the D.E. Shaw Group, a global technology investment firm. Judy has also held design positions at MKThink, an architecture and organizational behavioral consulting firm in San Francisco, and as an in-house designer at Bloomberg LP in New York. Her design work has brought her to many places around the globe including Delhi, Tokyo and London. Those years exposed her to life as an urban nomad, a condition that she is keenly interested in investigating. She looks forward to bringing this interest and her architecture background to the Products of Design program to see what unfolds.
Oscar has launched his studio, Delasign, that executes products, services and experiences for clients including MoMA, Sportradar US, Closca, and the Spanish Trade Commission. Prior to that, he worked at R/GA as a Creative Technologist, working with clients that include Nike, Samsung, Verizon, ESPN, Walmart and has worked on high profile projects that include the Nike Apple Watch. He received his Bachelors in Engineering and Design from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. Oscar's work is sold by the Museum of Modern Art and has featured in panels at ICFF and IFConference.
Tahnee is the Design Lead at The Future Company, a rapidly growing research and design laboratory and incubator in New York City. Before that, Tahnee served as an interaction designer at IDEO.org where she was responsible for the design and implementation of experiments focused on helping Americans improve their financial health. During the summer after her first year at MFA Products of Design, she was a design intern at Outdoor Voices—with whom she translated brand guidelines into a unified set of visual assets. Tahnee received a BA in Geography of Urban Systems, Architecture and Urban Design from McGill University. Her thesis, This Great Violence, was presented in May 2016.
Marianna is a freelance experience designer and design strategist, currently based in New Orleans. Her prior experiences include being a fabrication project manager at Solomon Group, lead welder for John Creech Design and Production, and product designer for SYPartners. She received a bachelor’s degree in Technical Direction from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Natsuki currently is an industrial designer at BARK. She earned a BFA in Integrated Design, focusing on Service Design and Sustainability from Parsons The New School. She has learned four languages: Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English. Natsuki is interested in collaborating with people from different backgrounds, and using designed objects and service experiences as catalysts for social and environmental change.
Chelsea is currently a Creative Director and Sr. Visual Dia Sr. Visual Designer at Uneka Concepts, a design consultancy in the Bay Area, focusing on branding, packaging, strategy, and product storytelling. Before graduating from the Products of Design program, she was a summer designer with Nike's Global Brand Design department in Beaverton, Oregon. During her undergraduate studies in visual design, she also explored other interests such as furniture design, architecture, and design research from a variety of schools and programs.
Wan Jung Hung is a product designer originally from Taiwan. After she graduated from National Taipei University of Education, she worked for a new design company, focusing on smart phone and tablet accessories in addition to working for an event company as a visual merchandiser. In her free time she likes to join workshop and design related activities. Wan Jung is passionate about new material and, near-future technology and open resource. She is excited about combining them together to invent new interactions between product and user.
Lijia Yang graduated from the Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University in China where he majored in product design. He joined international workshops held by the Royal College of Art and LG and won recognition in various design competitions. He has worked in TP-Link Shenzhen Tech Co. Ltd as a product designer and became a design director in Leroy Global Communication Co. Ltd. With great knowledge of the entire manufacturing process from ideation to market, he earned his client’s trust and respect. His designs of the MW316R series of Mercury wireless routers are still on the market. Yang is deeply curious about human behavior and aims to design products that solve problems. He is passionate about creating sustainable systems for the future.
Leila is service designer at Grupo Tellus in Sao Paolo, Brazil. She previously worked as a freelance designer for clients and partners, such as Ralph Aplebaum, Blumer-Lehman, Ita, Sesc, and Paulo Bruna. Leila was trained as an architect and urbanist at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Prior to Products of Design, she specialized in architecture, exhibition, and product design for several firms in Sao Paolo, such as Artificio Arquitetura e Exposicoes and Rafic Farah.
Belen Tenorio was born and raised in Ecuador. She is a passionate visual creative, pop cultural enthusiast, food lover, and Junior Art Director. Before moving to New York she earned her BFA in Advertising at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. During her time at Ogilvy & Mather NY, she has worked for Fortune 500 clients like IBM, American Express, Cover Girl, NFL, Met life, BP and Adobe. She’s mostly proud of her ambidextrous skills though, how she arrived at this point originated with failing kindergarten, whilst she clumsily fiddled with right-handed scissors. She is currently attempting to co-found a start up in the food community at Orbital incubator, that is still a work in progress, like everything else in her life.
Lou is the founder of GANG atelier—a new art studio located in Brussels, Belgium which brings together fifteen creative talents, serving as a locus for events and temporary exhibitions. She also freelances for private clients, varying between design and architectural projects. After completing her Masters at Products of Design, she worked for the Chamber Gallery, as well as for designer Katie Stout. Lou also created “odd_monsters”—daily drawings which she started during her second year at PoD. She has had several exhibitions featuring them, including one at BOZAR (The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels). Lou obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture & Furniture Design in Brussels. Her thesis entitled, SIDE STEP: A Momentary Escape From the Real World Through Art, was presented in May 2016.
Qi is a freelance designer based in the New York City and a current Fellow at SVA's Groundfloor Incubator. Her projects include package design, industrial design and UI/UX design. Her prior experiences include being the product design lead at Prehype, UX/UI designer for AHT Global, and ID/CMD designer at Ziba Design. She graduated from Beijing Institute of Technology with a MS in Industrial Design. Qi’s thesis, Animate: Bringing Charm and Magic to Everyday Life, aims to help people see the exciting in the mundane.