With their unique ability to make ideas that seem plausible, feasible, and even inevitable, product designers are able to critique contemporary systems through tangible means. Speculative objects can provoke conversation by raising questions: Should the object exist? Why doesn’t it exist already? What must we do today to avoid needing the object in the future? In Radical Times, students from the Products of Design Master’s program at the School of Visual Arts explore speculative futures to inform product proposals for the present day. Each of these 17 products is a three-dimensional manifestation of their year-long theses, offering the students’ assessment of an urgent, contemporary issue.
The students have created The Datalogue, a four-part stationary machine which emulates the systems and unmasks the consequences behind data collection. Though data mining is an invisible procedure that occurs through countless digital channels, the exhibition transforms it into a visible, tangible process.
We are extraordinarily proud that for the entire month of April, the two New York-based MoMA Design Stores are dedicating their windows and in-store displays to the collaboration with MFA Products of Design department! For the launch of 6 new products, an Opening Reception was held in midtown Manhattan last Thursday night. Check out photos below of the packed house, guests, and featured products designed by Products of Design students!
Florence Fabricant (herself!) wrote up an item in the New York Times about Josh Corn's Multi-ccino Mug in the New York Times this week—one of 6 MFA Products of Design objects that will be celebrated during the month of April in both MoMA retail stores! (The department is also designing the window displays for both the midtown and SoHO stores.) Congratulations Josh!
On Friday, February 23rd, the MFA Products of Design department held its fifth annual Design:Match Job Fair event, where global and local firms and organizations met with students, shared work, and discussed employment, funding, and entrepreneurship. Below is a list of this year's attendees, along with some photos of the event!
We are beyond honored to be featured in the brand new MoMA Wholesale Catalog in the form of an entire spread devoted to the projects produced as a result of MoMA's 4-year-long collaboration with SVA's Products of Design program. (Last year one of our students' projects was featured on the cover!)
We invite you to attend the Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the 2017 graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program on Friday, May 5th at the SVA Theatre from 11am - 5:30pm. 17 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.
Mighty Moon is a subscription-based tampon and comic delivery service for geek girls. Students Jingting He, Kuan Xu, Manako Tamura, and Teng Yu came up with this idea to combat period shame among young girls, and encourage them to embrace menstruation from a young age.
ALLON/Z (from the French allons-y—meaning "let’s go!") is a fashion line specifically designed for parkour practitioners. The convertible wear allows athletes to transition seamlessly from their regular exercise routine to a social event. Students Smruti Adya, Bernice Wong, and Andrew Schlesinger and were inspired by parkour's philosophy of freedom, balance, and self- expression. "We wanted to design apparel that integrates with every aspect of your life—whether that means work, sport, or play," offers the team.
"Everyone knows that it's a myth that technology has reduced our use of paper of course," offers first-year student Runshi Wei. "But there is also a unique gratification with crumpling up drafts and throwing them into the trash bin." Thus was born SLAM JUNK. Indeed, there is a long history of office-based basketball hoops, and Runshi's project takes things to the next level by integrating motion sensors, light and sound effects—all powered by Arduino.
Visual Arts Press has just published a feature on the 5 next products to be manufactured and sold by the Museum of Modern Arts Wholesale Division. Now in its 4th year of the partnership, the MFA Products of Design students design products for inclusion in the museums revered catalog—now 6 in all!—selling all over the world. Enjoy these spreads from VAP! In addition to Products of Design graduates Panisa Khumpresert and Oscar de la Hera Gomez, new products debuting next month have been designed by Class of 2017 Alexa Fourney, Josh Corn, and Oscar Pipson!
Created by first-year student Evie Cheung, Peachee is a product/app combination that is on a mission to better your living environment by creating a social roommate experience and system for rewarding good behavior. Using a physical treat-dispensing device, attractive mobile app, and in-app integration of political action, Peachee will help keep your apartment (and the world) peachy keen.
We are thrilled to welcome three veteran design practitioners in the social innovation field to the faculty of Products of Design in the spring—who will be co-teaching the Business Modeling Class. Meet them below!
'Nightfall' is a wild fashion coat with an unexpected ability: it magically lights up as the surrounding light dims.The coat was created by first year student (and first time Arduino user!) Ellen Rose in celebration of the repeal of New York City’s outdated Cabaret Law. Whether you head out to [legally!] dance at a nightclub or at an underground techno party, you’ll have the outfit for the occasion.
We're excited to share this year's Open House and Information Session videos and photos, which took place on November 10, 2017. We had an amazing display of projects, alumni, faculty, current students, and our Open House Competition winner who flew in from Chicago! A packed house of prospective students enjoyed the afternoon (along with tons of livestream viewers), but if you couldn't make it then, enjoy videos from the day below! Be sure to contact us if you'd like to arrange a visit to the department or sit in on a class!
Gummy Bugs is a delicious fruity treat made with real bugs. Students Jiani Lin, Juho Li and Louis Elwood-Leach created these edible treats as a way to get highly sustainable and nutritious foods into children’s regular diets.
Designed by first-year student Phuong Anh Nguyen, U•NITY is a platform that asks the question, What is a person's cultural identity when s/he can identify with two contradicting cultures? "For users with a mixed cultural background and are confused about their cultural identity," Phuong Anh offers, "U•NITY is an app that helps them redefine their identity."
Although thesis students are encouraged to start "naming" their theses right from the start, we thought we'd share what's in store for this year's crop. Here are the (sometimes "working"!) titles and topics for this year's projects, and be sure to join us on May 3rd at the SVA Theatre to see them live!
MOVE is a set of design projects—created by students Alexia Cohen, Lassor Feasley and Will Crum—for organizers, revolutionaries and dreamers to help amplify their message. The flat-pack gear includes foldable megaphones, floating lanterns, and customizable signs that can be decorated on the go.
The Water Token Project is a cryptocurrency basic income program designed to create a more equitable distribution of water. Outlined as a policy proposal for the state of California—a notoriously problematic and overextended watershed—the Water Token Project would use an array of machine learning algorithms to constantly recalculate the gallon-value of a water token on a monthly basis and sustainably distribute these tokens to corporations and citizens alike.
On October 27, the first year students of the MFA Products of Design and the MFA Design Research program exchanged their Manhattan classrooms and studios for the vegetable farms, apple orchards and open fields of Washington County, New York.
As part of Elizabeth Galbut's Leadership and Strategic Management course, Class of 2018 students took a week to reimagine sets of business terms in a "designerly" way. Take a look below at some highlights, and maybe try your hand at some others! (Featured illustrations below by students Smruti Adya, Bernice Wong, Will Crum, Jingting He, Chris Rand, Alexia Cohen, and Andrew Schlesinger.)