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.

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!

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.

JUSTICE BY ALL: Revitalizing Civic Engagement in the Judicial System

JUSTICE BY ALL: Revitalizing Civic Engagement in the Judicial System

Julia Lindpaintner’s thesis work was inspired by her own experience of serving on a grand jury in Manhattan during the summer of 2016. It profoundly changed her understanding of the judicial system, and in particular, the way she saw her role in it. “My mental model shifted,” Julia states. She further explains, “Instead of seeing the judicial system as an autonomous force over which I had no influence, I felt viscerally the way in which we, as citizens, are collectively responsible for the system and the outcomes it produces.”

Register for the 2017 Open House: Friday, November 10

Register for the 2017 Open House: Friday, November 10

Join us at this year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on Friday, November 10, 2017—from 2-5pm. 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. Hope to see you there!

SOUL'D: Exploring the Commodification and Appropriation of Black Cool

SOUL'D: Exploring the Commodification and Appropriation of Black Cool

Hip-hop, basketball and street fashion formed the three pillars of cool for Oscar when he was a child. Common to all these phenomena was the ultimate commodified object of cool—the sneaker. And he loved sneakers. So, it is of no surprise that Oscar’s earliest memory of being or looking cool was attributed to a pair of Nike Air Jordan XI. This childhood photo of him with the Nike Swoosh shaved and dyed into the back of his head can attest to that.

INSTIGATIONISM: Inciting Activity in a Sedentary Population

INSTIGATIONISM: Inciting Activity in a Sedentary Population

Michael Lee Kenney’s master’s thesis Instigationism is built on a foundation of design work that is intended to incite physical activity in sedentary populations. By combining research insights from the fields of psychology, game design, behavioral economics, and immersive media, Kenney pushes us to reexamine our relationship with exercise.

POWER SUITS: Building Confidence in Children with Mental Health Conditions

POWER SUITS: Building Confidence in Children with Mental Health Conditions

For a long time, when Doug Fertig heard people talking about wanting to live a healthier life, he perceived a problem: the conversation would focus on building better habits around diet and exercise. Through personal experience and research, however, Doug knew that this was only part of the solution. Taking into consideration the fact that one in four people will suffer from a mental health issue in their life, he argues, "'making healthier choices' are not choices that are simply healthier for our body, but rather also healthier for our mind."

PYGMALION: Creating systems to empower people with social anxiety disorder

PYGMALION: Creating systems to empower people with social anxiety disorder

Dayoung’s thesis, Pygmalion, is about creating systems to empower people with social anxiety disorder. She aims to create the Pygmalion effect—also known as the “self-fulfilling prophecy”—to help people with social anxiety. The Pygmalion effect, named after an Ancient Greek myth of a sculptor falling in love with his own works that comes to life, is the phenomenon whereby high expectations and attentions positively affect the outcome of performance.

Announcing the Fall 2017 Lecture Series!

Announcing the Fall 2017 Lecture Series!

We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2017 season. Read more below about Chelsea Maudlin, George Aye, Andrea Steele, and Laura Forlano below!