Faculty

Faculty At Large

Program Chair

Program Co-Founder

Advisory Board

  • Janine Benyus
    Biomimicry Institute
  • Liz Danzico
    Chair, SVA MFA IxD
  • Dale Dougherty
    Make Magazine
  • Robert Fabricant
    frog design
  • Kevin McCullagh
    Plan UK
  • Nathan Shedroff
    CCA DMBA
  • Cordy Swope
    IDEO
  • Lita Talarico
    SVA MFA Design
  • Tad Toulis
    Teague

 

Speakers

  • Deborah Adler
    Deborah Adler Design
  • Yves Behar
    fuseproject
  • Janine Benyus
    Biomimicry Institute
  • Tim Brown
    IDEO
  • Valerie Casey
    The Designers Accord
  • Stephen Burks
    Readymade Projects
  • Brian Cohen
    Beamcamp
  • Matali Crasset
    Matali Crasset Production
  • Dale Doherty
    MAKE / Maker Faire
  • Anthony Dunne
    Dunne + Raby
  • Robert Fabricant
    frog design
  • Chuck Hoberman
    Transformable Design Studio
  • Ezio Manzini
    DESIS Lab
  • Aimee Mullins
    Athlete, Model, Advocate
  • Fiona Raby
    Dunne + Raby
  • Stefan Sagmeister
    Sagmeister Inc.
  • Cameron Tonkinwise
    Design Studies - Carnegie Mellon
  • Steve Portigal
    Portigal Consulting
  • Matthew Waldman
    Nooka
  • Scott Wilson
    MNML
  • Tom Gerhardt
    Studio Neat
  • Jonas Damon
    frog design
  • Douglas Rushkoff
    Author
  • Ralph Caplan
    AIGA
  • Elizabeth Scharpf
    SHE: Sustainable Health Enterprises
  • Charles Adler
    Kickstarter
  • Tina Roth Eisenberg
    Swiss Miss
  • (more to come)

Studio Visits

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Commonwealth
  • Etsy
  • Fab.com
  • Google Creative Labs
  • Greenpoint Studios
  • MakerBot
  • The New York Times
  • RedHook Design District
  • Rockwell Group
  • Uhuru
  • (more to come)

Workshops

  • Mariana Amatullo
    DesignMatters
  • Manuel Toscano
    Zago

News & Events

Our annual faculty potluck was once again hosted by the gracious Claire Hartten, who's Brooklyn outdoor space we filled with delicious home cooking and great cheer. Here are a few pics of ... READ

Faculty Potluck 2014 Snapshots

Blog

Masters Thesis: Whateverest: Exploring the Landscape of Apathy and Agency, by Charlotta Hellichius
Masters Thesis: Whateverest: Exploring the Landscape of Apathy and Agency, by Charlotta Hellichius
July 9, 2014

Charlotta Hellichius’ thesis, “Whateverest,” investigates the landscape of apathy and agency. She positioned it as an exploration into her own shortcomings, and an attempt to understand why she “can’t care about everything.” Charlotta set out to understand and explain why certain behaviors are integral, while others fail to become equally as important. Whateverest is about how to overcome the “whatevers” that we face in our everyday lives, and explores the landscape of apathy, harnessing personal agency, and designing for our cognitive limits of engagement.

Every day we face an avalanche of choices that we have to “deal with”—what to wear, what coffee to order, what to prioritize at work, what lunch to eat, what YouTube video to watch, what email to respond to right now, and which ones to save for later. This affliction is called “decision overload,” and all of these small decisions are taxing our capacity to focus.

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Masters Thesis: Five+: An Exploration of Mindful Experience Through the Lens of Sense, by Cassandra Michel
Masters Thesis: Five+: An Exploration of Mindful Experience Through the Lens of Sense, by Cassandra Michel
July 4, 2014

Products of Design MFA student Cassandra Michel’s thesis titled “Five+: An Exploration of Mindful Experience Through the Lens of Sense,” started as a question of happiness and how happiness is achieved. She began by conducting research, discovering the philosophy of Mathieu Richard who proposes that happiness is a skill that is cultivated.

Cassandra also identified a 2010 Harvard research study conducted by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert which revealed that humans have a unique ability for mind-wandering. Mind-wandering is the ability to think about the past and the future, but can quickly lead to unhappiness. In the Buddha’s Brain, Neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson contends “our vastly more developed brain is fertile ground for a harvest of suffering. Only we humans worry about the future, regret the past, and blame ourselves for the present. We get frustrated when we can’t have what we want, and disappointed when what we like ends. We suffer that we suffer.”

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Masters Thesis: The End. By Matthew Barber
Masters Thesis: The End. By Matthew Barber
July 4, 2014

Products of Design MFA student Matthew Barber's thesis, entitled “The End.” looks at the shifting landscape of death and dying in today’s society, and the consequences of living an increasingly digital life. Matthew chose to tackle this subject after observing the effects of his grandmother’s passing from dementia. "I think this thesis really began back in 2011,” he reflects, “I saw my family struggling with my grandmother’s passing and thought that there must be a better way. I wanted to understand why this was so hard on us."

 

Instead of looking at traditional patient-driven solutions, Matt began by looking into design solutions based on the patient’s extended family and friends. He saw an opportunity to investigate the terminally ill, but more specifically, the things and the people that they leave behind.

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Masters Thesis: The Teacher’s Lounge, by Joseph Weissgold
Masters Thesis: The Teacher’s Lounge, by Joseph Weissgold
July 2, 2014

Products of Design MFA student Joseph Weissgold has spent the past year exposing the similarities he’s seen between his two background disciplines: Education and Design. Both these disciplines, he argues, are in a state of transformation, shifting from industries focused on optimizing efficiency through mass-produced offerings, to industries focused on experiences that are flexible enough to be personally relevant to their intended audiences—whether users or students.

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