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.

It's Magic! How Products of Design Celebrates Birthdays

It's Magic! How Products of Design Celebrates Birthdays

"During my first year at PoD, I've had the opportunity to be a part of the unofficial birthday committee, known simply as CMMTTEE. We try to do something special and personal for every member of the PoD family's birthdays—the scale of which can be anywhere between extravagant to intimate. This year, these parties have ranged from Escape Rooms to Historical Battle Reenactments, and it's been a rewarding experience to cater each experience to the individual, providing people with a little joy on their birthday."

A Device That Projects An Image Of You Working...While You're Working!

A Device That Projects An Image Of You Working...While You're Working!

WithU is a device-app pairing that helps encourage people to "keep working" by projecting a time-delayed live video image of them—"working"—on the wall in front of them. Designed by Ailun Sai, WithU grew out of a desire to increase her perseverance in completing her school work when working alone. Noticing that her motivation was greatly influenced by having others working around her, Ailun wanted to create a device to simulate this experience. The video feed that WithU projects acts as a kind of "mimic"—reminding you how hard you have been working and helping to build self-confidence.

Announcing T3IRD: MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations Are May 6th!

Announcing T3IRD: MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations Are May 6th!

We invite you to attend the Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the 2016 graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program. 20 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.

Summer Desks Co-working Space

Summer Desks Co-working Space

MFA in Products of Design is proud to offer its Summer Desk Rental program. All proceeds go to supporting the program and its students. We are ideally located in the heart of Chelsea on 21st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, close to several subway stops. The location is a sun-drenched 7th floor, designed by andArchitects, and features great amenities.

Orator: A Karaoke Platform for Public Speaking

Orator: A Karaoke Platform for Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking is often cited as the most common phobia, outranking even the fear of death. As Jerry Seinfeld famously quipped, “That means that the average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy!” At the same time, the ability to express oneself clearly and confidently in group settings is highly valued and admired. To confront this dilemma, designer Julia Lindpaintner created an application called Orator: karaoke for public speaking. Conceived as a way to make the art of oration accessible and entertaining, Orator gives people the opportunity to improve their own speaking by imitating great rhetoricians of the past and present.

VIDEO: Bobby Martin Lecture at Products of Design

VIDEO: Bobby Martin Lecture at Products of Design

On March 16th, Bobby Martin visited Products of Design to talk about his work, his life, and his lessons. Bobby is a designer and educator based in New York City, and co-founded the branding and design agency, OCD | The Original Champions of Design. At OCD, he develops brand identity systems for a broad range of clients that include the Friends of the High Line, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Basketball Association, The New York Times and Nike.

Adagio: A Product & Platform for Practicing Mindfulness

Adagio: A Product & Platform for Practicing Mindfulness

With the intention of blending digital "schedule optimization" with physical "intention-setting," Adagio is a product-mobile app pairing that promotes stress-relieving activities in our busy daily lives. Designed by first year student Jenna Witzleben—previously a dancer—the project was inspired by the lack of dance in her life, and the resulting accumulation of stress. Adagio assists in helping the user form strong habits around stress-relieving activities—all in a mindful and tranquil way.

Photos From Our 2016 Design:Match Job Fair!

Photos From Our 2016 Design:Match Job Fair!

Last Friday, the MFA Products of Design department held its third annual Design:Match Job Fair event, where global and local firms and organizations met with students, shared work, and discussed employment, funding, and entrepreneurship! Here's a list of the attendees: 10xBETA, Aruliden, Arup Foresight, The Barbarian Group, Big Spaceship, BREAKFAST, Collins, Common Cents Labs, ECCO, ESI Design, Etsy, Fahrenheit 212, Fjord, frog, Google Creative Lab, Google Research, Huge, IBM Design, IDEO, IDEO.org, Interbrand, ION Design, Johnson & Johnson, Kickstarter, Lippincott, littlebits, Local Projects, Luminary Labs, Method, Normative, Pensa, PepsiCo Design & Innovation, RED ANTLER, R/GA, Sid Lee, Sunny Bates, SYPartners, UNICEF Innovation, ustwo, Veterans Affairs, ?What If!, Yeh Ideology.