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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.

Project DAO—A Digital Platform for Minimum Wage Earners…and Their Kids

Project DAO—A Digital Platform for Minimum Wage Earners…and Their Kids
Addressing the brief of “Designing for minimum wage earners in New York City” in the Design Research and Integration class, students Ziyun Qi, Oscar de la Hera Gomez, and Isioma Iyamah created Project Dao—a free, alternative learning platform aimed at empowering children of minimum wage earners through valuable, targeted educational content, along with resources to enhance their entrepreneurial potential and employability. (The name derives from the Chinese concept of 'Dao', signifying 'way', 'path' or 'route'.) Project Dao uses a gamified,… READ POST

MoMA Partners with Products of Design to Create New Products for Their Wholesale Catalog

MoMA Partners with Products of Design to Create New Products for Their Wholesale Catalog
During the upcoming spring semester, the entire student body of the MFA Products of Design program will be working with MoMA—the Museum of Modern Art—to create new products for their wholesale catalog, under the framework of “Gifting Design: MoMA + SVA Products of Design.” Before the holiday break, MoMA's Chay Costello and Gabrielle Zola came to the department to kick off the project—taking the students through the unique history of the Museum, some of the business challenges and opportunities around MoMA's… READ POST

14 THINGS THAT MATTER: What distinguishes the MFA in Products of Design?

14 THINGS THAT MATTER: What distinguishes the MFA in Products of Design?
Most prospective students, professionals, journalists, and recruiters taking a look at our program have a lot of questions about what makes it different. They want to know who it attracts, what the curriculum and experience are like, and what our students do after they graduate. So we put together a list of the program's 14 key ingredients. Wondering if the MFA in Products of Design program might be right for you? Read on! 1. We start with the hard part,… READ POST

“High Fire!”: Holding Hands Ignites Communal Candle

“High Fire!”: Holding Hands Ignites Communal Candle
High Fire is a set of 4 pairs of mittens that need each other. 4 pairs, 4 people, hands raised, all together, and when they high five or join hands, a stream of electricity courses through them, travels down a wire and ignites a candle, instantly symbolizing their communal bond in the form of the warmth of fire in the winter. The object was designed by Natsuki Hayashi in Becky Stern’s Making Studio class in the Products of Design MFA… READ POST

Reflections from the Alumni: What Students Say About the Program After They Graduate

Our inaugural MFA Products of Design graduates are out in the world, and here below share their thoughts now looking back at the program: “Products of Design is a multi-disciplinary design program that is firmly at the intersection of making, thinking and doing. It’s super challenging because it requires you to constantly prototype, to iterate, and to think not only about the “what”, but also about the why. It deconstructs the typical design process, then helps you put it back… READ POST