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The PoD blog shares student projects, department news, events and snapshots of student life from the MFA Products of Design program at SVA in New York City.

Day In The Life: Our Weekly Email Digests to Students

Day In The Life: Our Weekly Email Digests to Students

There's tons going on here at Products of Design (and outside of Products of Design!), so every week we send out a "digest" email to share the latest course news, guest lectures, field trips, books, and interesting links. We thought it would be fun to post yesterday's email to the department blog—as you can see there is LOTS going on next week! Take a peek:

Register for the 2016 Open House: Friday, November 11

Register for the 2016 Open House: Friday, November 11

Join us at this year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on Friday, November 11, 2015—from 2-5pm. Attendees will be able to meet faculty, alumni, and current students, see projects, learn about the program, tour the studio, classroom spaces, and Visible Futures Lab, and ask questions about life at Products of Design. Delicious refreshments will be shared throughout the session. Hope to see you there! To attend, please RSVP here. And whet your appetite, take a peek at the video below, created by faculty member Michael Chung, and some snapshots of previous Open House events.

SINCERELY, Toward a Contemporary Design of Assisted Suicide

SINCERELY, Toward a Contemporary Design of Assisted Suicide

Natsuki Hayashi’s master's thesis, titled Sincerely, explores a contemporary design of assisted suicide. Utilizing design to reimagine the way we die, Natsuki pushes the boundaries of the legally, morally, and emotionally appropriate ways to end life.

“We are living in a contemporary world of slow deaths,” writes bioethicist Margaret Battin. Indeed, deaths have specific shapes to them. But with deaths that are predictable, occur later in life, and can be delayed for longer periods of time using advanced medical technology, doctors can do a lot to prolong life—even if it means more suffering for the patients. Today, most doctors have no choice but to help end the lives and suffering of their patients. 

Futuring Workshop 2016: Envisioning New Devices and Behaviors For Future Scenarios

Futuring Workshop 2016: Envisioning New Devices and Behaviors For Future Scenarios

For our annual orientation futuring workshop, the Class of 2018 engaged in an all-day speculative design charette led by the Extrapolation Factory's Chris Woebken and PoD graduate Steve Hamilton. Following a lecture presentation on conceptual frameworks around the futuring and speculation, the students dove deep into creating artifacts and behiors around scenarios triggered by present and near-future scientific phenomena. Let's dive into the results below (and keep in mind that the team projects were conceived, prototyped, and performed "on the streets of New York" all within 4 hours! 

Products of Design to Host LEAP Book Launch Party Around Careers in Social Innovation

Products of Design to Host LEAP Book Launch Party Around Careers in Social Innovation

MFA Products of Design proud to host the New York launch party for LEAP Dialogues:
Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation.
 LEAP Dialogues, edited by Mariana Amatullo with Bryan Boyer, SVA IxD Chair Liz Danzico, and Andrew Shea, features 84 designers, educators and thought leaders discussing the challenges and opportunities around the emerging career pathways in design for social innovation.

"Yawnie": The Smart Alarm Clock Makes You Yawn (and get to bed)!

"Yawnie": The Smart Alarm Clock Makes You Yawn (and get to bed)!

Yawnie is a smart product that helps people develop good sleeping habits. Designed by Products of Design students Roya Ramezani and Ziyun Qi and Interaction Design student Nic Barajas, Yawnie tracks users' sleeping conditions and reminds them to go to bed on time by triggering them to yawn. Yawnie capitalizes on the notion that yawning is contagious, and uses it to help improve the sleeping habits of its user.

Snapshots From Our 2016 Student Orientation!

Snapshots From Our 2016 Student Orientation!

18 new graduate students joined Products of Design this year, and kicking off the experience was a two-day Orientation with a futuring workshop at the start and a (delicious) reception at the end. (Erin Clarkson's Cloudy Kitchen catered the closing event.) Enjoys some of the photos below!

OUTSIDERS: Designing Engagement With the Incarcerated

OUTSIDERS: Designing Engagement With the Incarcerated

Marianna Mezhibovkaya's Masters thesis, Outsiders: Designing Engagement With the Incarcerated, explores how design can foster compassion for the marginalized and disenfranchised incarcerated population through the creation of social support services and products.

EXPONENT: Amplifying the Female Voices in Tech Discourse

EXPONENT: Amplifying the Female Voices in Tech Discourse

Design strategist and storyteller Roya Ramezani did not feel gender issues in the tech industry before she started working in Silicon Valley—where she found herself in a male-dominated environment in which women were not communicating their ideas. In contrast to the statistics, she joined a diverse team. After a month, however, she discovered something that changed everything: Even when they were equal number as men in the room, women weren’t contributing to the discussions equally. They were being quiet, and she thought of them as “not being present in the meeting room.” Roya’s thesis, entitled Exponent: Amplifying the Female Voices in Tech Discourse, attempts to address these issues using product design, service design design, and platform design.