Tongue is a carbon bike saddle with a deployable fender meant to defeat rear-wheel bike spray on command. The fender slides inside a track on the saddle's shell, underneath a thin layer of gel—all designed to allow bike messengers to ride for long hours in comfort and with convenience. Tongue was designed by second-year students Benjamin Bartlett, Gustav Dyrhauge, Zihan Chen and Tzu-Chin.
AFTER is a disaster training program for high schoolers, disguised as an AR (Augmented Reality) app and game. Through playing the game, teens in Red Hook (the most highly-impacted NYC neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy) learn where to go for help, and where to find relevant resources in their neighborhood in case of natural disaster.
Moxie is the first roller derby garment that integrates shoulder protection and makes you “game-day ready.” Roller derby is an intense, physical sport. Derby athletes have grit, tenacity, and a professional ethic that remains unacknowledged by outsiders. Moxie reimagines how the roller derby uniform can create a unique silhouette for roller derby at its highest level; one that will allow it to be recognized by the rest of the world.
First-year student Yuko Kanai designed Piggy Bank—an Arduino-powered IoT lamp that tracks your progress as you train for a half marathon, while also depositing money into a savings fund. “Keeping up a consistent running habit has always been a challenge for me, so I designed this device to create a visual reminder for my progress. I know that I respond well to rewards, so I added an incentive as well,” she shared.
Designed by recent grad Louis Elwood-Leach as part of his Masters Thesis, FirstHand is a watch with an algorithmically-generated and digitally-manufactured watchface. Using parametric design on the input side, and digital fabrication on the output side, the innovative watch concept produces a unique design every time it is ordered and sold. "The experience of purchasing and assembling the product connects the user to the design and manufacture process," Elwood-Leach offers, "thereby developing a relationship with the product through understanding the details of its design.”
Webbing is an online event planner for non-monogamous people who want to celebrate their relationships. Yangying Ye designed Webbing as part of her thesis, MONO/POLY: Designing for a Post-Marriage Society. (Webbing is a play on the word “wedding”—a ceremony for meaningful relationships of more than two.)
This past summer, SVA Products of Design and the Omidyar Network collaborated on a four-weeks project around the topic of Interdependence, examining how design might address one of society’s most pressing challenges of the moment: our increasingly polarized personal and political landscape.
The #MeToo Awareness Campaign was designed by student Eugenia Ramos Alonso for Making Studio. She wanted to highlight the frequency of the hashtag #MeToo and raise awareness of how common acts of sexual assault take place.
BabyGym is a speculative, tongue-in-cheek product that casts a critical but constructive eye on fatherhood. Through his thesis work, GENTLEmen: Challenging Adults to Raise Feminine Boys, Andrew Schlesinger investigates the restrictive nature we place on men to conform to a masculine ideal that can be destructive to themselves and to those around them. The overarching initiative of his thesis is to challenge the influential adults in boys’ lives to rethink the stereotypes they project onto boys, and, instead, encourage traditionally feminine traits.
Since mass industrialization, the past few centuries have seen abundant growth and prosperity for humankind, but not so much for the planet. With little regard for the environment, industrialization has caused all kinds of pollution, loss of natural areas and biodiversity among others, and this carries a cost. This cost can be expressed as ecological debt that future generations must pay. By honing into the ecological debt accumulated by cities, Kuan Xu attempts to redeem by introducing the concept of ecological service and its significance. The design interventions then take a variety of lenses to advocate for ecological service design to instigate environmental consciousness and awareness driven action in the urban environment. With the mission of introducing ecological service into the city, and city dwellers adopting it, Kuan presents his thesis—Symbiosis, Ecological Services for the Urban Environment.