It's probably the biggest cliché—and the biggest truth—that a long-distant parent wants to know if their kid has eaten, if she's home or at work, and basically know that they're okay. First-year student Smruti Adya's cleaver Arduino-based invention—the Eez Clock—solves the problem by notifying the concerned parent about the general whereabouts of their distant child and whether that child has eaten all the meals for the day.
On January 18th, Jeff Kapec, co-founder of Tanaka Kapec Design Group, came to Products of Design to give a hands-on lecture about his long career specializing in medical device design. Enjoy the video and snapshots below!
Huge congratulations to Panisa Khunprasert, who's just-released Geo Stacking Coasters are now featured on the cover of the 2017 MoMA Wholesale Catalog! From the catalog: "These sets of colorful silicone stacking coasters feature varying geometric faceted edges that create visual and tactile appeal. Designed for MoMA’s collaboration with the MFA Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts, they are playful, decorative and functional.
Building on the findings of over 20 first-person interviews with VA staff and discharged veterans, the group surfaced three principal insights: The first is that there is an opportunity to facilitate better communication between veterans—veteran-to-veteran. The team learned that information around the transition to civilian life, and around the available veteran services “is perceived better when it comes straight from a veteran,” the team argued. “Veteran-to-veteran creates a much stronger bond, and the ‘young veteran’ is more likely to pay attention and communicate interest when the information comes directly from the source.”
Talking with Strangers, designed by first year students Andrew Schlesinger and Louis Elwood Leach, is a toolkit to equip coffeeshops with simple, customizable design interventions as a way to encourage conversation amongst their patrons. "We wanted to revive the environment of the coffee house from the Age of Enlightenment," offer the designers. "We are really hopeful that this toolkit will not only encourage a dialogue for proprietors to turn their 'coffee shop' back into a 'coffee house,' but will give them to tools necessary to do it with minimal effort."
Beginning new phase of Products of Design's ongoing partnership with the Museum of Modern Art to design products for the museum's Wholesale Catalog, the first commercial product has just been released!: The Illusion Spinner, designed by Class of 2016 alum Oscar de la Hera Gomez.
SPEK investigates the future of “informal AR-enabled commerce.“ Designed by first-year students Bernice Wong, Alexia Cohen, and Teng Yu as part of their Systems, Scale and Consequence class, SPEK is a platform that uses "inconspicuous, smart eyewear” to create and access an underground exchange network. “With SPEK, the future of retail turns to the streets,” the team argues. “In the midst of any urban environment, participants—also known as SPEKulators—will be within their own eclectic marketplace, each able to buy, sell, or trade items amongst peers.”
Documenting the unique and secretive culture of Graffiti art has been something that Adam Fujita (Class of 2016) has wanted to do for years. And this past October, he and his producer Zack Dunn started the My Life In Letters podcast.
PixelGlass is an hour-glass-inspired digital timer that uses PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) motion sensor to measure time. First year student Juho Lee’s investigations around water usage in his Integrated Sustainability class inspired the device. “I wondered, could I create an Internet-of-Things device that would measure my time in the shower and motivate me to shorten it—thereby saving water?”
Recent graduate Jonathan Lung is part of the cast of Mythbusters: The Search TV show to find the next hosts for the beloved series. The premier is this Saturday night at 9pm EST, so tune in each week to see how Jon does. (We don't know!)
We are thrilled to announce that inaugural Products of Design graduate Kathryn McElroy's first book, Prototyping for Designers from O'Reilly Media, has just been published and is now available for order!
As part of SVA Products of Design’s partnership with Veterans Affairs (and held through the Design Research and Integration class taught by IDEO’s Lawrence Abrahamson) , designers Jiani Lin, Alexia Cohen, Teng Yu, William Crum, and Antriksh Nangia used design to examine gender and the military—creating two design proposals aimed at changing the way people “see” women veterans.
With over 2,655 bike share stations in 65 cities and 90,000 active commuters across the United States, bike commuting is an undeniable trend—but the market caters almost exclusively to men. Versi is a fashionable, durable, and versatile piece that can go "from wheels to work" in an instant.
We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2017 season. Read more below about Gillian Crampton Smith, Jeffrey Kapec, Bibi Seck, Debera Johnson, and Cameron Tonkinwise below!
Time is relative, and its passage depends one’s point of view. This hanging, sculptural clock rotates with the breeze, displaying the correct time only when viewed from the perfect angle. Contemplative and eternal, give the gift of time.
Smart Scents is a digital air freshener and aromatherapy device. Connected to the internet of things and controlled through the Nest app, the device works by selectively blending and vaporising essential oils.
Flush is a digital platform—designed for bathroom stalls—that encourages users to “flush their thoughts" anonymously as cathartic way to release them. Created by first-year student Alexia Cohen, the website and a mobile appare triggered by scanning a QR code with your smartphone.
As part of last season's partnership with the Museum of Modern Art to design product concepts for the MoMA Wholesale Catalog, Louise-Anne vant' Riet created a novel trivet that folds up sweetly and expands when you need it!
This past fall we launched our first-ever "Open House Design Challenge"—offering a way to help an interested guest make their way to our annual Open House and Information Session event. This year's winner was Carly Hagins, who answered the prompt: "If Airbnb and Johnson & Johnson launched a new initiative together, what would it be?" Check out her answer!
This year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on November 11, 2016, featured a huge lineup of speakers, student projects, faculty reflections, and student and alumni panels. A packed house of visitors and prospective students were able to ask questions, meet current students and faculty, as well as tour the Visible Futures Lab. Please enjoy the videos and snapshots, and be sure to contact us if you'd like to arrange a visit!