We are thrilled to announce and welcome new faculty to the MFA Products of Design department, all of whom will begin classes in the Spring 2014 semester!

Abby Covert, who is teaching Thesis II,  is an independent information architect working and living in New York City. With a proven track record in establishing user-centric practices in a variety of creative environments, Abby also has a reputation for stellar information architecture work in a variety of consulting contexts. Her diverse portfolio includes work for among others: Staples, Nike, IHOP, Herman Miller, Kraft Foods, Sharpie, JELL-O, Prismacolor, Expo Markers, Valspar, KMART, Taco Bell, KFC, State Farm and The United States Postal Service, BlueCross BlueShield, JSTOR, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, The Hartford Insurance. Abby prides herself on being an active organizer and mentor within the design community. She served as Executive Producer for the IDEA conference in 2010 and the Information Architecture Summit in 2010 and 2012. She holds a dual degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia from Northeastern University. Abby speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, and currently serves as faculty for Parsons, The School of Visual Arts, General Assembly and Hyper Island.  She has given guest lectures for NYU, Miami Ad School and the University of Michigan.

Janna Gilbert, who will be teaching the second part of Dynamics and Strategy and Design, is a Client Partner at Luminary Labs where she leads a range of client innovation projects focused on operationalizing innovation, including the design and execution of multi-stage open innovation competitions, organizational design efforts and translating deep customer insights into new opportunities.  Janna also runs the Analyst Program at Luminary Labs. Prior to joining Luminary Labs, Janna was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company.  While at McKinsey, Janna served clients on a variety of topics, focusing on innovation, growth strategy and marketing and sales.  While there, she worked with clients to deliver large scale, multi-year global innovation transformation programs, identify new growth opportunities and led the development of client and internal innovation training programs. Prior to joining McKinsey, Janna worked as an analyst for a private equity and corporate development firm, focused on the insurance and risk-related sectors.

Elliott P. Montgomery

, who is teaching the first part of

Dynamics and Strategy and Design,

 is a researcher and strategic designer who's work focuses on speculative alternatives at the confluence of developing social, technological and environmental issues. He teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design, and is a co-founder of

The Extrapolation Factory

, a futuring research initiative. He has practiced as a design consultant for clients such as Autodesk, GE, LG, Honeywell, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as for tech startups and non-profits. His design work has been exhibited internationally, including shows at the Shanghai Power Station of Art and the Biennale du Design in Saint-Etienne France. He is a former design research resident at the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy. He holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA.

Brent Arnold

, who is teaching

Designing for Screens

, has over 11 years of professional experience within the interactive design industry, focusing on the practices of user experience, strategy, interaction design, creative direction, information architecture, and development. Brent brings a rare combination of technical skills, creative vision, and innovative thinking to every project he directs. His long history of creative team leadership is a proven design record of interactive and multi-media projects. His work includes clients who extend across multiple industry verticals, including product design strategy (IBM M&C Labs, Microsoft) entertainment (WeTv, Discovery Networks, ESPN, GOOD Magazine), technology (Mobile Applications, Commercial Touchscreens, CRM, Multi-user environments), real estate (Corcoran, Prudential Douglas Elliman), fashion (AnnTaylor, Victoria’s Secret, Maidenform), and non-profit organizations (American Museum of Natural History, BRAC, Rosie’s Broadway Kids, Center for Climate Strategies, NYSERDA, Section 508 Standards).