We're excited to share this year's Open House and Information Session videos and photos, which took place on November 14, 20178. It was standing-room-only as students, alumni, faculty, and Museum of Modern Art’s Gabrielle Zola came to the mic to present projects and pedagogy. We even flew in our Open House Competition from Omaha! If you’re a prospective student but couldn't make it to the event or the livestream, check out the videos from the day below! Be sure to contact us if you'd like to arrange a visit to the department, to sit in on a class, or just ask a question! We’d love to hear from you.
Two stories broke yesterday about the program: DesignBoom published Conspicuous Design: 5 Remarkable Projects From SVA's MFA in Products of Design, featuring 5 recent projects from the department, and The New York Times wrote about our upcoming Design & Politics Workshop: Seven Ways to Teach the Midterms With The New York Times.
Designed by recent grad Louis Elwood-Leach as part of his Masters Thesis, FirstHand is a watch with an algorithmically-generated and digitally-manufactured watchface. Using parametric design on the input side, and digital fabrication on the output side, the innovative watch concept produces a unique design every time it is ordered and sold. "The experience of purchasing and assembling the product connects the user to the design and manufacture process," Elwood-Leach offers, "thereby developing a relationship with the product through understanding the details of its design.”
As an avid climber and hiker, Alexia Cohen found herself interested in examining the role of women in the great outdoors. When she started climbing three years ago, she attended an event organized by Flash Foxy—a group of women dedicated to celebrating and empowering women climbers. Through this event, she met her climbing partner Janice, who as Alexia recalls “quickly became a friend and a mentor. Her guidance and support helped me develop my climbing technique and become more comfortable in this new space.” She also began to understand the importance of community and women mentors in traditionally male-dominated spaces.
There are a ton of books out there on how to have more productive, more meaningful meetings, but the fact of the matter is, you’re not going to read these books. You haven’t yet, and you probably won’t. So the problem is that everyone agrees that meetings are completely broken, but nobody will take the time or the trouble to learn how to fix them. I have an alternative solution, and it’s made by changing one single word. No books, no seminars, no videos, no list of rules to post on the conference room wall. Just one word.
This past summer, SVA Products of Design and the Omidyar Network collaborated on a four-weeks project around the topic of Interdependence, examining how design might address one of society’s most pressing challenges of the moment: our increasingly polarized personal and political landscape.
Products of Design celebrated the incoming class and its faculty at the Annual Fall Reception on September 5th with a delicious spread catered by City Bakery. Enjoy some of the photos below!
We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2018 season. Read more below about Thomas Wendt, Fred Swaniker, Alexa Courtney, Sunny Bates, and Debbie Millman below!
Prompted by current headlines about developments in the Social, Technological, Environmental, Economic and Political sphere, the SVA Orientation Class of 2020 developed narrative visions of the resulting futures and designed “provotypes” (provocative prototypes) to explore how we might re-capture the pleasure of an intimate conversation that can provide a comforting and nourishing escape from surveillance, reconnecting us with a friend, family member, colleague or perhaps even ourselves. The workshop was led by alumni Steve Hamilton with Brandon Washington and Alexia Cohen.
The #MeToo Awareness Campaign was designed by student Eugenia Ramos Alonso for Making Studio. She wanted to highlight the frequency of the hashtag #MeToo and raise awareness of how common acts of sexual assault take place.