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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.

#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

Spring 2015 Visiting Lecture Series Announced!

Spring 2015 Visiting Lecture Series Announced!
We are thrilled to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2015 semester: Valerie CaseyDirector, Samsung Accelerator: Thursday, January 22, 2015 Dong-Ping WongPartner, Family; Co-Founder, + POOL: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Jill MagidArtist: Thursday, March 12, 21, 2015 Cameron TonkinwiseDirector of Design Studies, CMU: April 15, 2015, 7:00pm[This lecture is open to the public, but seating is very limited; RSVP here.] Valerie Casey is VP of Innovation at Samsung and head of the Samsung Accelerator in San Francisco. She is a globally recognized designer and innovator,… READ POST

New Faculty Members: Pepin Gelardi & Theodore Ullrich join MFA Products of Design

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Pepin Gelardi and Theodore Ullrich to the faculty at MFA Products of Design. Together, they will be team teaching the Smart Objects course in the First Year Spring Semester. About Pepin GelardiPepin Gelardi is a Design Entrepreneur with a Masters in Industrial Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milan, Italy, and a BSME at Columbia University, New York. Pepin leads product design strategy at Tomorrow Lab, articulating user insights, defining product benefits, inventing new features,… READ POST

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