Products of Design


Projects & News

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.

Talking With Strangers: A Communication Toolkit For CoffeeShops

Talking With Strangers: A Communication Toolkit For CoffeeShops

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."

Illusion Spinner: The First MoMA Partnership Product Debuts!

Illusion Spinner: The First MoMA Partnership Product Debuts!

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: Augmented Reality for the Informal Economy

SPEK: Augmented Reality for the Informal Economy

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.”

PixelGlass: Digital Hourglass Helps You Save Water!

PixelGlass: Digital Hourglass Helps You Save Water!

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?”

Designing For Women Vets: #SheServed Campaign Changes Cultural Norms

Designing For Women Vets: #SheServed Campaign Changes Cultural Norms

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.

Versi: A Versatile, All-in-One Bike Commuter Garment for Women

Versi: A Versatile, All-in-One Bike Commuter Garment for Women

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.

"Crowdstorm" Turns Ideation Into a Team Sport

"Crowdstorm" Turns Ideation Into a Team Sport

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.