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.

Design For MoMA: Time Traveler Hanging Clock by Leila Santiago

Design For MoMA: Time Traveler Hanging Clock by Leila Santiago

Time is relative, and its passage depends one’s point of view. This hanging, sculptural clock rotates with the breeze, displaying the correct time only when viewed from the perfect angle. Contemplative and eternal, give the gift of time.

"Smart Scents" Aromatics On Demand

"Smart Scents" Aromatics On Demand

Smart Scents is a digital air freshener and aromatherapy device. Connected to the internet of things and controlled through the Nest app, the device works by selectively blending and vaporising essential oils.

Flush: A Platform For Catharsis in the Bathroom

Flush: A Platform For Catharsis in the Bathroom

Flush is a digital platform—designed for bathroom stalls—that encourages users to “flush their thoughts" anonymously as cathartic way to release them. Created by first-year student Alexia Cohen, the website and a mobile app are triggered by scanning a QR code with your smartphone.

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.

Announcing the Winner of the Open House Design Challenge!

Announcing the Winner of the Open House Design Challenge!

This past fall we launched our first-ever "Open House Design Challenge"—offering a way to help an interested guest make their way to our annual Open House and Information Session event. This year's winner was Carly Hagins, who answered the prompt: "If Airbnb and Johnson & Johnson launched a new initiative together, what would it be?" Check out her answer!

Watch Our 2016 Open House Videos!

Watch Our 2016 Open House Videos!

This year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on November 11, 2016, featured a huge lineup of speakers, student projects, faculty reflections, and student and alumni panels. A packed house of visitors and prospective students were able to ask questions, meet current students and faculty, as well as tour the Visible Futures Lab. Please enjoy the videos and snapshots, and be sure to contact us if you'd like to arrange a visit!

Alphabet City

Alphabet City

Inspired by, and following the reading of Paul Elliman’s “My Typographies,” this two-week long exercise asked the students to create a new alphabet, that could double as letterforms and as a self-portrait. "The assignment was to look at typography both as meaning-making symbols whose function is to be strung together to make language, but also as marks on the page which themselves carry cultural connotations that can be 'read'," submits Lauren Mackler, instructor of the course. "The hope was that while the student looked at the distinct forms, lines, and curves that make each letter, they might also look at the associations of their chosen materials, and shapes."

Fall Retreat: The First Years Head Up to Cambridge

Fall Retreat: The First Years Head Up to Cambridge

At the end of October, the fist year students headed upstate for a 3-day retreat to learn about sustainable food production and commence their Design for Sustainability and Resilience course. Will Crum wrote a diary throughout for the blog; enjoy his reflections below!