Students Win 3 Prizes in International Design Awards!

Students Win 3 Prizes in International Design Awards!

Products of Design graduates Manako Tamura and Alexia Cohen have just won three awards in this year’s International Design Awards! All three of these projects were created as part of their Masters Thesis, and we’ve pasted links below for you to check them out!

Photos from our 2019 Design:Match Job Fair!

Photos from our 2019 Design:Match Job Fair!

On Friday, February 22nd, the MFA Products of Design department held its sixth annual Design:Match Job Fair event, where global and local firms and organizations met with students, shared work, and discussed employment, funding, and entrepreneurship. Below is a list of this year's attendees, along with some photos of the event!

Announcing 6IXTH: MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations are May 14th!

Announcing 6IXTH: MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations are May 14th!

We invite you to attend the Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the 2019 graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program on Tuesday, May 14th at the SVA Theatre from 11am - 5:30pm. Twenty graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.

PAINT App Restores Agency to Women in the Doctor's Office

PAINT App Restores Agency to Women in the Doctor's Office

Paint is an app that allows patients to document and describe their symptoms in more than words. As part of her thesis, Hysterical, second-year student Rhea Bhandari designed Paint to help women advocate for themselves while navigating a healthcare system that often dismisses their symptoms, leaving them misdiagnosed and in avoidable pain.

HARBOR NYC Helps Shelter New Yorkers Displaced by Climate Change

HARBOR NYC Helps Shelter New Yorkers Displaced by Climate Change

HarborNYC connects people displaced by climate change with housing options, so that they can safely recover and rebuild. Using an immersive 360-video experience as part of its recruitment campaign, HarborNYC fosters empathy in viewers to incite people to open their homes to displaced individuals and families.

SWIFT: An Arm-Free Crutch for Below-Knee Amputees

SWIFT: An Arm-Free Crutch for Below-Knee Amputees

The idea for Swift came about while Smruti watched videos on the YouTube channel “AmputeeOT” by Christina Stephens, an occupational therapist and below-knee unilateral amputee. Smruti was especially struck by a video in which Stephens describes the annoyances of going to the bathroom or getting up for a glass of water in the middle of the night; Stephens mentions that she usually crawls on the floor to get to the bathroom or kitchen because putting on her prosthetic is so time-consuming.

HARK: An Over-the-Counter Rape Kit

HARK: An Over-the-Counter Rape Kit

Hark, a speculative project created by second year student Antya Waegemann, is proposed to be the first over-the-counter sexual assault forensic exam (or “rape kit”) available at any major pharmacy. Small and discreet, Hark is designed to be approachable and comforting for survivors of sexual assault.

Voices of Red Hook: Climate Change, Community Empowerment, and Augmented Reality

Voices of Red Hook: Climate Change, Community Empowerment, and Augmented Reality

Voices of Red Hook is a community feedback mechanism that polls and aggregates neighborhood-specific community concerns through physical murals and an augmented reality (AR) experience. This particular iteration is designed for residents of Red Hook, Brooklyn. With a smartphone, a user scans one of the many faces on a physical Voices of Red Hook mural, and watches the face and story of that resident come to life through augmented reality, then prompting them to react to the story through a poll in the app.

PROSUMERISM: Crafting Alternate Consumption Experiences

PROSUMERISM: Crafting Alternate Consumption Experiences

In her thesis Prosumerism: Crafting Alternate Consumption Experiences, Sowmya Iyer explores whether products and services can ease the consumer’s guilt of excessive spending and materialism by providing them with options that best fit their values of sustainability. She also wanted to find out if these products/services could be adaptive to the consumer’s lifestyle and built for their convenience. As part of her research process, Sowmya spoke to researchers, innovators, educators, authors, and artists exploring ways to reduce the effects of modern consumerism on the environment.