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.
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!
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!
To start off the day for the fourth annual MFA Products of Design Thesis Presentations, program chair Allan Chochinov welcomes guests, families, and simulcast viewers, discusses the contemporary urgencies of design, and how design can be a "fourth force" for change in the world. Enjoy the opening remarks below, and be sure to check out all the thesis projects that follow here!
On Sunday, the MFA Products of Design helped out the amazing grass-roots organization Racket by providing space for one of their epic "packaging" sessions. In only three hours, a cadre of volunteers met at the department and packed kits of over 25,000 products—a record according to Racket founders Margo Seibert and Caroline Angell.
Students of SVA’s MFA in Products of Design present TRIAGE, an interactive exhibition that reframes contemporary urgencies through the lens of design. The work is part of the city-wide NYCxDesign celebration. We live in uncertain times, faced with a political climate where institutions that offer solutions to complex challenges are under threat, systematically undermined, and dismantled. TRIAGE consists of six roving design interactions that assess the socio-political priorities of visitors to the design festival. At the start of the exhibition, visitors receive a TRIAGE CARD that tracks and gradually compiles their unique profile.
Correlation. Causation. Coincidence. Designers have the power to change the world, but where they situate their work in time and in place often determines the impact more than the designed artifacts themselves. In Coincident Times, the graduate students of the MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts explore speculative pasts and futures to produce fifteen product proposals for the present day— each a 3-dimensional manifestation of their year-long thesis, and each attempting to reconcile their points of view with their imagined, preferred states.
We'll be publishing the individual thesis projects, videos, and books in separate posts over the summer, but we wanted to quickly share some of the highlight photographs from this past Friday's Thesis Presentations at the SVA Theatre in New York City. Congratulations to all the graduates!
On April 1st, the MFA Products of Design celebrated it's 5th anniversary, welcoming back graduates from all years since the inception of the program. Designed and produced by the cmmttee—Eden Lew, Natsuki Hayashi, and Marianna Mezhibovskaya—the event featured refreshments from Radiant Pig and the The City Bakery. Thanks to everyone who made the evening so memorable, and enjoy some pictures below!
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 1-5pm. 15 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.