SVA takes part in Racket's #KnowTheFlow Valentine's Day Campaign!

SVA takes part in Racket's #KnowTheFlow Valentine's Day Campaign!

Products of Design is very proud to have contributed to this week's production and release of two Valentines Day videos from Racket—the grassroots organization dedicated to menstrual health and reducing shame. We've worked with Racket over the past year, and during our recent "Rackethon," one of our first-year students, Gustav Ole Dyrhauge, came up with a simple and charming notion to create "a flower bouquet out of common menstrual hygiene products."

DELIGHT: The Ice Cream Night Light

DELIGHT: The Ice Cream Night Light

Designed by first-year student Antya Waegemann, Delight is a portable nightlight—shaped like an ice cream cone—with an LED dodecahedron "scoop" that emits a bright light, and a felt cone bottom for an easy soft grip. Paired with a clear plastic stand, it can easily adapt from hand-held to a bedside table or desk lamp.

New MoMA Catalog Devotes Entire Spread to Products of Design!

New MoMA Catalog Devotes Entire Spread to Products of Design!

We are beyond honored to be featured in the brand new MoMA Wholesale Catalog in the form of an entire spread devoted to the projects produced as a result of MoMA's 4-year-long collaboration with SVA's Products of Design program. (Last year one of our students' projects was featured on the cover!)

Announcing 5IFTH: MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations are May 3rd!

Announcing 5IFTH: MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations are May 3rd!

We invite you to attend the Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the 2017 graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program on Friday, May 5th at the SVA Theatre from 11am - 5:30pm. 17 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.

MIGHTY MOON: Tampon and Comic Book Subscription Service

MIGHTY MOON: Tampon and Comic Book Subscription Service

Mighty Moon is a subscription-based tampon and comic delivery service for geek girls. Students Jingting He, Kuan Xu, Manako Tamura, and Teng Yu came up with this idea to combat period shame among young girls, and encourage them to embrace menstruation from a young age.

ALLON/Z: Convertible Parkour Apparel—From Suite to Street!

ALLON/Z: Convertible Parkour Apparel—From Suite to Street!

ALLON/Z (from the French allons-y—meaning "let’s go!") is a fashion line specifically designed for parkour practitioners. The convertible wear allows athletes to transition seamlessly from their regular exercise routine to a social event. Students Smruti Adya, Bernice Wong, and Andrew Schlesinger and were inspired by parkour's philosophy of freedom, balance, and self- expression. "We wanted to design apparel that integrates with every aspect of your life—whether that means work, sport, or play," offers the team.

"SLAM JUNK!": An Arduino-Powered LED Office Basketball Hoop!

"SLAM JUNK!": An Arduino-Powered LED Office Basketball Hoop!

"Everyone knows that it's a myth that technology has reduced our use of paper of course," offers first-year student Runshi Wei. "But there is also a unique gratification with crumpling up drafts and throwing them into the trash bin." Thus was born SLAM JUNK. Indeed, there is a long history of office-based basketball hoops, and Runshi's project takes things to the next level by integrating motion sensors, light and sound effects—all powered by Arduino. 

4 New MoMA Products Will Debut in 2018!

4 New MoMA Products Will Debut in 2018!

Visual Arts Press has just published a feature on the 5 next products to be manufactured and sold by the Museum of Modern Arts Wholesale Division. Now in its 4th year of the partnership, the MFA Products of Design students design products for inclusion in the museums revered catalog—now 6 in all!—selling all over the world. Enjoy these spreads from VAP! In addition to Products of Design graduates Panisa Khumpresert and Oscar de la Hera Gomez, new products debuting next month have been designed by Class of 2017 Alexa Fourney, Josh Corn, and Oscar Pipson!

Peachee: An IoT Project to Help Ease Tensions With Your Roommates

Peachee: An IoT Project to Help Ease Tensions With Your Roommates

Created by first-year student Evie Cheung, Peachee is a product/app combination that is on a mission to better your living environment by creating a social roommate experience and system for rewarding good behavior. Using a physical treat-dispensing device, attractive mobile app, and in-app integration of political action, Peachee will help keep your apartment (and the world) peachy keen.

Announcing the Spring 2018 Lecture Series!

Announcing the Spring 2018 Lecture Series!

We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2018 season. Read more below about Layla-Joy Williams, Ellen Lupton, Lea Simpson, Nicole Katz, and Cameron Tonkinwise below!

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Layla-Joy Williams

For more than 14 years, Layla-joy has used her design experience to gain insights into the most prized accessory category within women’s fashion—footwear. Graduating with honors from the Pratt Institute of Technology in New York City with a focus in Industrial Design, Williams quickly established her presence in the industry. She has designed for industry leaders like Converse and Nina Shoes, and worked with Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman. In 2015, she launched her own company, IYLIA.

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Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. She is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (with Andreas Lipps), How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with TypeGraphic Design ThinkingGraphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. Her most recent book, Design Is Storytelling, was published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. Her next exhibition, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, opens in April 2018. Lupton earned her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985.

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Lea Simpson

Lea Simpson is a strategist, innovator, trained coach, tech optimist and founder of innovation practise Brink. Brink works with organizations to make sense of the future and what to do about it. From reimagining big corporates for a digital world to applying frontier technologies like machine learning in developing countries, Lea works with teams all over the world. She has two decades of experience in strategy, innovation, and digital transformation—working with some of the world's biggest brands like Nike, Cadbury, Nokia, and Warner Bros. More recently she runs Frontier Technology Livestreaming, an award winning, three-year programme designed to help UKAid apply frontier technologies like drones, 3D printing and blockchain to real challenges in developing countries. Lea is a regular writer and speaker on all things innovation for publications like Wired and The Guardian and on BBC and Bloomberg.

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Nicole Katz

Nicole Katz is the CEO of Paper Chase Press, a second-generation, family-run press and bindery in Los Angeles. Paper Chase Press has served creative professionals as a preeminent resource for custom printed matter since its founding in 1976. Prior to taking the lead at Paper Chase in 2009, Katz along with her partner Kane Austin founded Eighth Veil, a contemporary art gallery and publishing imprint in Hollywood. Katz diversified Paper Chase Press through the development of its ecommerce platform, publishing imprint, and collection of retail goods.

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Cameron Tonkinwise

Cameron Tonkinwise is a Professor at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Austrialia. Previously, Cameron was the Director of Design Studies and Doctoral Studies at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design, and the Associate Dean Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design and co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in NYC. Cameron has a background in continental philosophy and continues to research what design practice can learn from material cultural studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research and teaching is Sustainable Design. Cameron is widely published on the ways in which Service Design can advance social sustainability by decoupling use and ownership - what these days is referred to as the 'Sharing Economy.' He has also been a strong advocated for the importance of critical practice-based design research. Cameron's current focus, in collaboration with colleagues at CMU and an international network of scholar-practitioners, is Transition Design - design-enabled multi-level, multi-stage structural change toward more sustainable futures.