What's In a Name? In-Progress 2nd Year Thesis Titles!

What's In a Name? In-Progress 2nd Year Thesis Titles!

Although thesis students are encouraged to start "naming" their theses right from the start, we thought we'd share what's in store for this year's crop. Here are the (sometimes "working"!) titles and topics for this year's projects, and be sure to join us on May 3rd at the SVA Theatre to see them live!

MOVE: A Set of Design Products For Protest

MOVE: A Set of Design Products For Protest

MOVE is a set of design projects—created by students Alexia Cohen, Lassor Feasley and Will Crum—for organizers, revolutionaries and dreamers to help amplify their message. The flat-pack gear includes foldable megaphones, floating lanterns, and customizable signs that can be decorated on the go.

Business Terms Re-Imagined By Designers

Business Terms Re-Imagined By Designers

As part of Elizabeth Galbut's Leadership and Strategic Management course, Class of 2018 students took a week to reimagine sets of business terms in a "designerly" way. Take a look below at some highlights, and maybe try your hand at some others! (Featured illustrations below by students Smruti Adya, Bernice Wong, Will Crum, Jingting He, Chris Rand, Alexia Cohen, and Andrew Schlesinger.)

A Conversation With Jessica Helfand

A Conversation With Jessica Helfand

Products of Design welcomed Jessica Helfand—co-founder of Design Observer and Yale Lecturer in Design and Management—as a guest speaker this past Thursday. Rather than lecturing from a podium, she gave symposium-style comments on the state of design, followed by an informal and wide ranging question and answer session, as well as a reading from her new book, Design: The Invention of Desire.

Socialight: Put Down Your Phone to Light Up This Lamp!

Socialight: Put Down Your Phone to Light Up This Lamp!

Mobile technology has brought a new wave of communication into our lives, but we are now more likely to turn to our phones than to each other. To address this challenge, Products of Design student Kevin cook designed SOCIALIGHT—a phone-activated table lamp for a distraction-free dining experience.

Racket + Hackathon = Rackethon! A Workshop Around Menstrual Health

Racket + Hackathon = Rackethon! A Workshop Around Menstrual Health

On the afternoon of Saturday, September 16, the students of the MFA Products of Design department conducted a hackathon for RACKET—a grass-roots organization engaged in work around the topic of menstrual health. After a comprehensive briefing from Racket founders Caroline Angell and Margo Seibert, participants dove into four focus areas. Reimagining the kit, changing the conversation around mentruation, social media strategy, and policy.

DOMINION: Redefining the Relationship and Humans

DOMINION: Redefining the Relationship and Humans

In her MFA thesis Dominion, Ailun Sai discusses the relationship between animals and humans. Through a series of design—including product design, experience design, and interaction design—Ailun encourages people to reflect on their role in the natural world and to question their perceived sense of superiority over animals.

Enter the Open House Design Challenge 2017!

Enter the Open House Design Challenge 2017!

We know that lots of you want to come to New York City to attend our November 10th Open House and Info Session, but we also know getting here can be a major expense. So today we’re proud to announce our first-ever “Open House Design Challenge”—a chance to help you out with airfare to New York City, expert portfolio reviews and application coaching from esteemed faculty, along with other surprises while you’re here!