With their unique ability to make ideas that seem plausible, feasible, and even inevitable, product designers are able to critique contemporary systems through tangible means. Speculative objects can provoke conversation by raising questions: Should the object exist? Why doesn’t it exist already? What must we do today to avoid needing the object in the future? In Radical Times, students from the Products of Design Master’s program at the School of Visual Arts explore speculative futures to inform product proposals for the present day. Each of these 17 products is a three-dimensional manifestation of their year-long theses, offering the students’ assessment of an urgent, contemporary issue.
The students have created The Datalogue, a four-part stationary machine which emulates the systems and unmasks the consequences behind data collection. Though data mining is an invisible procedure that occurs through countless digital channels, the exhibition transforms it into a visible, tangible process.
We are extraordinarily proud that for the entire month of April, the two New York-based MoMA Design Stores are dedicating their windows and in-store displays to the collaboration with MFA Products of Design department! For the launch of 6 new products, an Opening Reception was held in midtown Manhattan last Thursday night. Check out photos below of the packed house, guests, and featured products designed by Products of Design students!
Florence Fabricant (herself!) wrote up an item in the New York Times about Josh Corn's Multi-ccino Mug in the New York Times this week—one of 6 MFA Products of Design objects that will be celebrated during the month of April in both MoMA retail stores! (The department is also designing the window displays for both the midtown and SoHO stores.) Congratulations Josh!
On Friday, February 23rd, the MFA Products of Design department held its fifth 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!
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."
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.
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!)
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 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.