Two stories broke yesterday about the program: DesignBoom published Conspicuous Design: 5 Remarkable Projects From SVA's MFA in Products of Design, featuring notable recent projects from the department, and The New York Times wrote about our upcoming Design & Politics Workshop: Seven Ways to Teach the Midterms With The New York Times.

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From DesignBoom:

Be it conceptual or realized, there’s tons of attention-seeking design out there, but that’s simply it; they do not offer more than that first thought. After looking over some of the recent projects coming out of the MFA in products of design program at the school of visual arts in NYC, however, we noticed several projects that grabbed our attention for the long term…With many notable projects on the MFA in products of design program blog, designboom rounds up five of our favorites.

The projects featured were Smruti Adya’s Swift Prosthetic from her her thesis, UPGRADE: Designing for Access and Acceptability around Limb Loss and Limb Difference; Alexia Cohen’s CARA Menstruation Kit from her thesis DARE + DEFY: A Woman’s Place in the Great Outdoors; BabyGym, from Andrew Schlesinger’s thesis, GENTLEmen: Challenging Adults to Raise Feminine Boys; Switch App, from Manako Tamura’s thesis HACKING THE RACIAL BINARY: Design Provocations for Identity and Shame, and Netflix Reveal, part of the the summer partnered project on Interdependence with Omidyar Group—project lead Andrew Schlesinger.


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The New York Times wrote about our upcoming Design & Politics Workshop: Seven Ways to Teach the Midterms With The New York Times:

Marc Dones, Jennifer Rittner and Andrew Schlesinger at the School of Visual Arts in New York told us how they are talking about voting rights and restrictions with their group of international graduate students, who represent at least a dozen countries:

Students will address whether and how governments (federal and local) act — extralegally and legally — to keep target populations from voting: tactical measures like closing polling places in target districts, withholding the right for felons and former felons to vote, voter ID laws, etc.

How do these actions communicate our collective values? We will ask students to bring their personal, global perspective into the conversation, including their experiences with voter suppression tactics in their home countries.