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We are excited to share department news, event information, snapshots of student life and videos from the MFA Products of Design program. Check back frequently for updates.

Bud: A Smart Preganancy Companion that Tells You and Your Baby Where You’re At

Bud: A Smart Preganancy Companion that Tells You and Your Baby Where You’re At
Bud is a smart pregnancy companion that acts as a support system for pregnant women. Designed by Vidhi Goel and Eliz Ayaydin, the device emerged from the design brief of "Reimagining home monitoring" in the Product, Brand & Experience course of the MFA Products of Design Program. The project celebrates pregnancy for parent and child—a precious time that deserves care and attention, and a product category not yet addressed in the from a technology standpoint that is user-centric and humanistic. “Bud makes… READ POST

15-Second Interviews: Meet the People of Products of Design!

We've been having a lot of fun in the department asking students, faculty and staff to tell us a tiny bit about them in micro-short videos. We'll keep them coming, but for now check out our first batch on our Instagram feed. READ POST

#SLIDEFREE: Michael Bierut Delivers His First-Ever “No-Slides” Lecture at MFA Products of Design

#SLIDEFREE: Michael Bierut Delivers His First-Ever “No-Slides” Lecture at MFA Products of Design
Last month, Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram and one of the most captivating design thinkers and speakers in the world, delivered his "first-ever talk without slides" at the MFA Products of Design Department. In a lecture that is candid and humble, incredibly personal, reflective, and inspiring, Michael examines his "first 10 years and his next 10 years"—sharing his history and dreams from childhood to present day, looking toward the future, and punctuating the talk with side trips to humble ambitions and lessons learned.… READ POST

“RAWSOME”: Awesome Raw Pet Food CSA, by Natsuki Hayashi

“RAWSOME”: Awesome Raw Pet Food CSA, by Natsuki Hayashi
RAWSOME is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) for New York City pet owners and their furry friends. RAWSOME is committed to supporting local farmers in the New York Metropolitan area and providing all natural, grain-free, preservative-free, hormone-free and antibiotics-free wholesome goodness to urban dogs. Many veterinary schools do not teach proper pet nutrition. Instead, they are trained to believe commercial pet foods are the most balanced diet available. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed pet waste a “non-point source… READ POST

Embodied: A Fair Proposal, by Marianna Mezhibovskaya

Embodied: A Fair Proposal, by Marianna Mezhibovskaya
Addressing Body Image, by Marianna Mezhibovskaya Prompted to ideate, prototype, and transition products into platforms, Class of 2016 student Marianna Mezhibovskaya created Embodied—a bi-annual fair addressing body image in men, women, and children. Starting with a discarded grocery bag and intentionally incorporating humor into the design, Marianna reimagined the shopping experience entirely. Branded with polka-dot fabric, the “Dots Mark the Spots” bodysuit has multiple pockets strategically placed where people typically gain weight. The concept of the bodysuit is to create… READ POST