Talking with Strangers, designed by first year students Andrew Schlesinger and Louis Elwood Leach, is a toolkit to equip coffeeshops with simple, customizable design interventions as a way to encourage conversation amongst their patrons. "We wanted to revive the environment of the coffee house from the Age of Enlightenment," offer the designers. "We are really hopeful that this toolkit will not only encourage a dialogue for proprietors to turn their 'coffee shop' back into a 'coffee house,' but will give them to tools necessary to do it with minimal effort."
Beginning new phase of Products of Design's ongoing partnership with the Museum of Modern Art to design products for the museum's Wholesale Catalog, the first commercial product has just been released!: The Illusion Spinner, designed by Class of 2016 alum Oscar de la Hera Gomez.
SPEK investigates the future of “informal AR-enabled commerce.“ Designed by first-year students Bernice Wong, Alexia Cohen, and Teng Yu as part of their Systems, Scale and Consequence class, SPEK is a platform that uses "inconspicuous, smart eyewear” to create and access an underground exchange network. “With SPEK, the future of retail turns to the streets,” the team argues. “In the midst of any urban environment, participants—also known as SPEKulators—will be within their own eclectic marketplace, each able to buy, sell, or trade items amongst peers.”
Documenting the unique and secretive culture of Graffiti art has been something that Adam Fujita (Class of 2016) has wanted to do for years. And this past October, he and his producer Zack Dunn started the My Life In Letters podcast.
PixelGlass is an hour-glass-inspired digital timer that uses PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) motion sensor to measure time. First year student Juho Lee’s investigations around water usage in his Integrated Sustainability class inspired the device. “I wondered, could I create an Internet-of-Things device that would measure my time in the shower and motivate me to shorten it—thereby saving water?”
Recent graduate Jonathan Lung is part of the cast of Mythbusters: The Search TV show to find the next hosts for the beloved series. The premier is this Saturday night at 9pm EST, so tune in each week to see how Jon does. (We don't know!)
Good luck Jon!
We are thrilled to announce that inaugural Products of Design graduate Kathryn McElroy's first book, Prototyping for Designers from O'Reilly Media, has just been published and is now available for order!
As part of SVA Products of Design’s partnership with Veterans Affairs (and held through the Design Research and Integration class taught by IDEO’s Lawrence Abrahamson) , designers Jiani Lin, Alexia Cohen, Teng Yu, William Crum, and Antriksh Nangia used design to examine gender and the military—creating two design proposals aimed at changing the way people “see” women veterans.
With over 2,655 bike share stations in 65 cities and 90,000 active commuters across the United States, bike commuting is an undeniable trend—but the market caters almost exclusively to men. Versi is a fashionable, durable, and versatile piece that can go "from wheels to work" in an instant.
Designed by first year Products of Design student Louis Elwood-Leach, Crowdstorm is a brainstorming platform to foster fresh ideas, global perspectives, and provide a unique space for ideation.