We are thrilled that three veteran design practitioners will be joining the faculty of Products of Design in the fall. Meet them below!

Cordy Swope

Cordy Swope leads an interdisciplinary team at J&J Design called Insights & Experience Strategy (IXS) whose remit is to bring care-centered design across Johnson & Johnson’s 3 sectors: consumer, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Previously Cordy led global teams at IDEO and Continuum in creating new offerings for diverse clients. Additionally, his teams pioneered using design thinking methods on organizational transformation initiatives – thus helping many Fortune 500 companies become more innovative. His past clients include: BASF, BMW, Eli Lilly, GE, Nokia, P&G, Mercedes, Novartis and Siemens.

His work has won awards in the US and Europe, and has appeared in MoMA.


Kenneth McFarlin

Kenneth McFarlin has been an Art Director at The New York Times since 1987, and is currently the Art Director for the Food section. During his tenure at the Times, he has art directed the Home section, the Real Estate section, and initiated the design for the Style section, The City section and the Circuit section. His work at The Times has received numerous awards including The Society of News Design (portfolio award), The Society of Publication Design (excellence award) and The New York Times Publishers Award. Kenneth also oversees the Art Department’s Summer Internship Program. Kenneth is also Creative Director of McFarlin Design. Some of his clients include: Rizzoli Publishing, The New York Public Library, Columbia University, Cornell University, UNESCO, National Park Service, Redeeming Love Christian Center, and the Harlem Arts Alliance. Kenneth received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and also did his M.J. work at the University of Missouri. He has taught design at the University of Missouri, Parsons School of Design, NY, The New York Times Summer Journalism Institute, National Association of Black Journalist Student Project and the Maynard Institute Summer Editing Program.

Hlynur Atlason

Hlynur Vagn Atlason is a product designer from Iceland. Atlason operates his eponymous product design firm, Atlason, in Manhattan—practicing his specific method of design, one that is deeply informed by research, brand and craft. Atlason and his team have developed a process allowing them to transition seamlessly between a broad spectrum of projects and product categories, from household objects and furniture, to packaging and electronics. What sits at the center of Atlason’s approach is curiosity, love for design, and the desire to keep improving. This ongoing effort has produced successful results for a number of local and global clients, including The Museum of Modern Art, IKEA, Umbra, QDO, Microsoft, J&J, COTY & L’Oreal. Atlason left Iceland for France to study at the Sorbonne in Paris before moving to New York City to continue his education at The New School, Parsons School of Design, in Product Design.