On the evening of Wednesday, October 16th, Products of Design is proud to host a book launch party and panel discussion for Jane Penty’s new title, Product Design and Sustainability. Strategies, tools and practice, published by Routledge Press. Jane will be joined by New York-based Biolite, Humanscale, and Wavecup to discuss navigating the very real challenges of designing more sustainable products.
Join us at this year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019—from 6–8:30pm EST! Attendees will be able to meet faculty, alumni, and current students, see projects, learn about the program, tour the studio, classroom spaces, and Visible Futures Lab, and ask questions about life at Products of Design. Delicious refreshments will be shared throughout the session.
We know that lots of you want to come to New York City to attend our November 13th Open House and Info Session in person, but we also know getting here can be a major expense. So today we’re proud to announce our fourth annual “Open House Design Challenge.” The challenge gives us a way to help you out with airfare to New York City, along with expert portfolio reviews and other surprises while you’re here!
We were thrilled to welcome our new class of 2021, our returning class of 2020, and all of our amazing faculty to last week’s Orientation Reception! Each of the faculty presented a few minutes about themselves and their course, and then it was celebration time to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and enjoy some amazing food from City Bakery!
Individuals across a multitude of political identities have expressed desire to hold conversations that expose them to opposing viewpoints, but they do not know how or whom to engage. The app Union brings socially and politically separated people to the same table—or rather, it brings the table to them. Created by recent graduate Hannah Rudin as part of her thesis, Teambuilding America: A Declaration of Interdependence, the app connects people with differing political views, and facilitates their interaction through a fifteen-minute video call.
We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2019 season. Read more below about Ari Melenciano, AnnMarie Thomas, Jane Penty, Noelle Marcus, and Elliot Montgomery below!
We are thrilled to welcome four amazing new faculty to Products of Design for the 2019-2020 academic year: Shanti Mathew, Megan Ford, Alexandre Hennen, and Jonathan Meléndez-Davidson. Meet them all below, and see them on the quad!
Products of Design students and recent graduates are up to amazing things this summer! From Pentagram to R/GA, from Frog to Arup, and Kohler, here’s a sampling of their experiences at their jobs and summer internships.
Roger is a device that helps children of low-income families get consistent sleep. Designed for the many children whose parents work irregular hours, it aims to get children to bed on time, especially when parents are not available. Created by recent graduate Kevin Cook as part of his thesis, Closer Kin: Building Stronger Family Environments, Roger releases a pre-recorded bedtime story every night at a specified time and gives children an incentive to get to bed on their own.
Sinclair Smith is the Director of the SVA GroundFloor Incubator, and a founding faculty at MFA Products of Design. Upon his return from leading the SVA Destinations Summer Program to Yame, Japan, department chair Allan Chochinov sat down with Sinclair to talk about the adventure, the highlights, the challenges, and the gratifications.