Meet the Alumni: Class of 2019
Eugenia is a product designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Spain, Eugenia earned her BA in Product Design at Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. As an undergraduate student, Eugenia worked as the assistant to the head designer for Johnpepe Design Studio. Her thesis, entitled Public Speaking Anxiety: The Environments That Make or Break Us, was presented in May 2019.
Ben is a designer based in New York City. He attended Western University in his hometown of London, Ontario, where he received a BA in English Language and Literature. While at MFA Products of Design, Ben gained experience as a User Experience Intern at Chicory and as a Package Designer at Little Spoon. For his thesis, entitled Fantasies of Our Independence: The Role of Civil Society in the Postmodern City, Ben spent a year studying Western urbanism and the future of cities.
Rhea is a product designer and design strategist based in New York City. Rhea was born and raised in India, and earned her undergraduate degree in design from Goldsmiths, University of London. For her undergraduate thesis project, she designed prosthetic limbs—devices now utilized by BMVSS, the world’s largest institute for prosthetic fitment. Most recently, Rhea interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a Design Strategist. Her thesis, Hysterical Women: Designing Experiences to Counter the Current Gaslighting Healthcare System, aims to improve the healthcare experience of women by designing more efficient and empathetic diagnostic and treatment strategies to counteract a patriarchal healthcare system where women face neglect, misdiagnosis, and gaslighting.
John is a designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Texas, John studied Telecommunications and Graphic Design at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining MFA Products of Design, he worked as a graphic artist for such companies as Signet Interactive, Landry's Inc., and Drifting Creatives. John's work has included branding for rock bands, developing user interfaces for private universities, and creating collateral for local restaurants. His thesis, There and Never Back Again: Design in the Next Age of Space Exploration, designed for “a future that is still far enough to be exciting, but close enough to design for: going to Mars.”
Zihan is a product designer based in New York City. Originally from China, Zihan earned his BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the Products of Design program, he founded his own company, SECSTUDIO, which specializes in designing online games for Android devices. During his graduate studies, Zihan interned at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv where he created branding and identity work for clients such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He has also won several awards, including the Red Dot Design Concept Award and the Coca Cola Innovation and Design Contest. Zihan's thesis, Before you click: Design for Better Decision-Making in Online Shopping, was presented in May 2019.
Evie is a Senior Design Consultant at Doblin in New York City. After receiving a BA in Psychology from Pitzer College, Evie started working in content marketing and brand strategy for startups, such as Fluent City, Front of House NYC, and Unified Social. As a student at MFA Products of Design, Evie started her own freelance consulting company, and was a Creative Strategy Intern at Code and Theory, working on projects with clients including Adidas, Maybelline, and Moncler. Her thesis, Alexa, Help Me Be A Better Human: Redesigning Conversational Artificial Intelligence for Emotional Connection, interrogates the status quo of the artificial intelligence (AI) space, and suggests pathways to use intersectional thinking to imagine new applications for the technology.
Gustav is a designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Denmark, Gustav served in the army as a Royal Life Guard to the Danish royal family before obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media and Design at the IT University of Copenhagen. As an undergraduate student he designed an app in collaboration with Volkswagen for both customers and mechanics to identify technical issues with cars. He was also employed by Danish company Maersk Line, for whom he developed and digitized the on-boarding and off-boarding processes of their employees. After learning about food deserts and food insecurity in New York City, Gustav quickly decided to dedicate his thesis, Food Justice: Through the Power of Knowledge Sharing, to food justice and the problem of food insecurity.
Kevin is a product designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Montréal, Canada, Kevin has experience bringing manufactured products to market, including children’s toys, medical devices, consumer electronics and sporting equipment. Most recently, Kevin has worked as a User Experience Designer at Sid Lee where he worked with clients including Samsung, BlackRock, MetLife, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. His thesis, Closer Kin: Building Stronger Family Environments by Design, explores how children’s outcomes could be improved by strengthening family relationships.
Tzu-Ching is a product designer based in New York City. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Tzu-Ching received a BS in Industrial Design from Tatung University. Prior to completing his undergraduate studies, he was a member of the ROC Military Police in Taipei were he was a guard of the presidential mansion. More recently, Tzu-Ching worked as an Interaction Design Intern at New Reality Co. in NYC and as a Design Intern at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Brooklyn. His thesis, No Do-Over: Designing Lives Without Regret, uses design to help people live with their regrets in peaceful coexistence.
Micah is a designer based in Freehold, New Jersey. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Micah apprenticed with designer Brad Zimmerman, with whom he designed videos, animated slide shows and printed materials. Micah’s thesis, Attainable: Designing for Academic Engagement Through Sports and Exercise, uses methodologies from sports and exercise as a design toolkit to encourage academic engagement in students.
Sophie is an industrial designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Queretaro, Mexico, Sophie received a BA in Industrial Design from Monterrey Institute of Technology. After graduating, she worked as a graphic designer for Juriquilla, a Mexican health and lifestyle magazine. Sophie has also freelanced for a variety of clients, ranging from rock-metal bands, music academies, and health specialists. More recently, Sophie collaborated with Lovevery to generate design concepts for baby toys. Her thesis, Unauthorized Play: Design Provocations for Children in Crisis, is a year-long exploration on the potential benefits of implementing more play into children’s lives, particularly for children who are growing up in adverse environments.
Phuong Anh is a visual and experience designer based in New York City. Born in Moscow and raised in Saigon, Phuong Anh earned her B.S. in Advertising at Boston University, and worked in UX design at Eligraphics, Boston University's AdLab and Potoo LLC, where she studied user behavior. She also interned as a PR specialist for T&A Ogilvy, an advertising/PR agency in Vietnam. Phuong Anh recently interned for New Reality Co. in NYC, where she was part of R/GA’s first VR Artist in Residence Team. Her thesis, Power Play: Designing for Agency and Empathy in Virtual Environments, examines how human cognition and behavior change when we socialize in the virtual space.
André is a designer with a background in digital marketing and advertising. After receiving his BA in Literature from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, André spent four years in Los Angeles building strategic marketing plans with tech start-ups, manufacturing companies, and local small businesses. He has worked as a UX/Product Design Lead Intern at Normative in Toronto and as a Product Design Intern at Birsel + Seck in NYC. André’s thesis, Density is Destiny: Designs for Shared Experience in the Coming Age of Autonomous Vehicles, envisions a future of optimized ride-sharing, where increasing the density of passengers per vehicle not only alleviates systemic issues like traffic, but also enables new community spaces to flourish inside the driverless vehicles of the near future.
Ellen is a designer at Brandpie, a branding agency based in London and New York City. Ellen is also an artist and has a background working in visual presentation, having created window displays and interior environments for Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue, and J. Crew Corporate. Ellen was accepted to the inaugural Wix Design Playground design incubator, where she created interactive websites for partner organizations, including Tattly and the NYC-based nonprofit Community Food Advocates. Her thesis, The Aha Movement: The Creative Process at Work began as a dissection of the creative process from a psychology and neuroscience standpoint, and evolved into an exploration of how design might be used to foster a team’s collective creative practice.
Hannah graduated from Cornell University in 2017, where she earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering. She honed her interest in design while working as an engineering intern at Cascade Designs in Seattle, where she helped develop systems to provide clean drinking water in disaster relief settings. She has also been a professional outdoor educator for the past six years, and has worked with the Cornell Outdoor Education as a lead facilitator for the Cornell Team and Leadership Center, where she designed experiences for clients to allow them to achieve personal and group development goals. As a designer, she is interested in creating products and experiences that are "good" in every sense of the word, and by making the outdoors more accessible to all.
Carly is an interaction designer and researcher based in New York City. She holds a BA in Architectural Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Prior to joining Products of Design, Carly worked with furniture designer Patrick Kana, and for the nationally recognized non-profit Second Nature. During her graduate studies Carly worked as a Design Research Intern at Public Policy Lab. Her thesis, The Mother Load: Owning Motherhood and Offloading Burden, aims to redistribute the burden and responsibility typically held by women and mothers to other individuals in their social network.
Antya is an interaction designer at frog design in New York City. Prior to joining MFA Products of Design, Antya received a BA in Environmental Studies from New York University, and an MLA in Sustainable Management from Harvard University with a focus in policy and business. In the summer following her first year of graduate studies, Antya gained experience as an Insights, Experience and Strategy Design Intern at Johnson & Johnson. Her thesis, When No One Believes You: Redesigning the Rape Kit and Responses to Sexual Assault, proposes six different design interventions for sexual assault victims, nurses and the police, including two redesigns of the standard rape kit, an emergency sexual assault resource app, a product that detects DNA during the exam, and a rape kit tracking system.
Xuan is a strategic experience and product designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Dalian, China, Xuan received her undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Dalian University of Technology. During her graduate studies Xuan was selected as a Design Research Fellow in a partnered project with Omidyar Network where she collaborated on a design research project around the topic of interdependence. In her thesis, Queer China: Diminishing the Tension Between Chinese Queer Youth and Their Family, Xuan set out to design interventions that bring comfort, provide support, and facilitate both personal and political conversations for Chinese Queer Youth and their families.
Wei is an industrial designer based in New York City. Born in Beijing, China, Wei earned his bachelors degree in Industrial Design from Beijing University of Technology. During his studies, he won design competitions including the Red Dot Design Award and the Hyundai Car Design Competition. The MoMA Design Store selected Wei's product to be produced globally for wholesale, with an expected release in fall 2019. His thesis, Small But Certain Happiness: Finding Fulfillment in a Low Desire Society, sets out to create simple but delightful experiences that reduce the pressures in the day-to-day lives of Chinese youth.
Yangying is a designer based in New York City. Born and raised in Wenzhou, China, Yangying earned her BFA in Industrial Design from China Academy of Art in Shanghai. As a graduate student she gained experience as a Product Design Intern at ATLASON Studio in NYC. After learning of polyamory (also known as ethical non-monogamy), Yangying developed her thesis, MONO/POLY: Designing for a Post-Marriage Society, to create services, experiences, and educational games that speak to polyamorous partnerships and envision a society where monogamy is no longer the default ordering principle of human relationships.