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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.

Cooper Hewitt 1-Day Hackathon: Stewarding The Pen

Cooper Hewitt 1-Day Hackathon: Stewarding The Pen
On October 27th, the entire student body of the MFA Products of Design engaged with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum to create design interventions around The Pen—the much-anticipated digital device that will enable visitors to tag objects from around the galleries, create their own designs on interactive tables, and review their "collections" later on through a online platform. The concepts ranged from "PenPals" (helping visitors to familiarize themselves with the Pen and its operation), to the "PENalty Box" (a respository half-way… READ POST

Watch the 2014 Open House Videos Now!

Watch the 2014 Open House Videos Now!
On Saturday, November 8th, the MFA in Products of Design department held its 2014 Open House and Information Session. Following a review of the program pedagogy and founding principles by Chair Allan Chochinov, various faculty discussed their individual course goals and curricula. At the close of the session, a group of current students discussed student life and what it's like to be a Products of Design student, and a second panel of alumni reflected back on their experiences in the program and… READ POST

Reimagining the Alcohol Wipe: H&M Health Lab + Patterns, by Adem Önalan

Reimagining the Alcohol Wipe: H&M Health Lab + Patterns, by Adem Önalan
Designed by Class of 2016 student Adem Önalan, H&M Health Lab is a speculative design project created in the 7-week Affirming Artifacts course. Envisioned as a collaboration between H&M and the World Health Organization, the work aims to bring awareness and solutions around hygiene and infectious diseases through the ingredients of fashion and media.The project revolves around a central product—the humble consumer alcohol wipe, and cleverly adds a triangle at the top to form a “pocket square,” or pocket handkerchief. Learning from… 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

Social Solitude: From Product to Platform In a Nutshell, by Eden Lew

Social Solitude: From Product to Platform In a Nutshell, by Eden Lew

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In Affirming Artifacts—a course which rapidly moves students from products to services to platforms, Class of 2016 student Eden Lew created Nutshell—a speculative enterprise aimed at reducing stress and providing a kind of respite from urban life.

Students were asked to "redesign the next thing they threw out," and in seven weeks Eden Lew took a discarded sandwich wrapper on a journey through prototyping and branding, ending with Nutshell—a pod-inspired platform for productive break-taking.Eden_Nutshell_Large

Inspired by the wrapper, Eden initially identified potential user groups in students and professionals who habitually fail to take proper lunch breaks. The "Lunch sack" was prototyped and tested as an isolation pod for people to eat lunch inside. The next iteration of the sack simplified the pod, and by creating folds and stays, became a collapsible, and wearable, device. Armed with research around the benefits of being alone and re-branded as the Nutshell Go, Eden chose to pursue an ambitious goal of promoting the psychological benefits of solitude.

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Following the introduction of a dark, opaque pod called Nutshell Blackout, and a headphone plush helmet called Headshell, the next phase of the project pushed the product into a service platform, and even further into an enterprise called Nutshell Labs, a company offering multiple products and services around solitude and wellbeing. In addition to its products, Nutshell Labs offers meditation workshops to companies and organizations interested in increased productivity and employee satisfaction.

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