Victoria is an experience designer with a background in research. After receiving her BS in Computational Media from Georgia Tech, she worked in the tech industry as an experience designer for ThoughtWorks, a consulting company focusing on social and economic justice. There, she worked on various projects from exploring the futures of tele-health, to helping large financial institutions keep better track of their clients and regulations. Victoria also founded the Black Designers in Tech NYC Meetup group. Growing up in New York helped shape her passion for design and creativity, and she hopes to use design to address societal issues and provide access to marginalized groups.
Anna grew up in Canada, where she received her BA in Industrial Design from Carleton University. While there, she was especially interested in how design influences cultures, communities, and our daily habits. Anna has experience in 3D modeling, collaboration, and graphic design and has worked for design agencies in Hong Kong, Toronto, and New York, including Design Exchange, Tink Labs, Kerr Smith Design, and Karim Rashid Studios. Anna is attending the Products of Design program with the intention of learning from her peers, professors, and the people of New York so that she can look at design through a different lens.
Helen is a multidisciplinary designer from Shanghai and New York. She has a BA in Art History and East Asian Studies from Columbia University. Over the last five years, she has worked in the fields of fine arts, architecture, graphic- and experience design. Helen worked on the project management team at Bjarke Ingels Group that designed the Google Campus in Mountain View, California, and was also part of the in-house digital media team at SOM. As a graphic and UX designer, she has worked such clients as Vox Media and Crunch Fitness. As a passion project, Helen runs Lady Marmalade Studio, where she creates artisanal jams and produces pop-up food experiences. The diversity in her life and work experiences have deeply influenced her human-centered design approach, and her ability to problem-solve.
Stephanie is a designer in New York City with eight years of experience in the women’s apparel industry. She received her BFA in Apparel Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she expanded her fine art skills and built a solid foundation in design thinking and making. Stephanie's work experience includes being the lead designer for Tory Sport, designer for Converse Apparel - Nike Inc., as well as a freelance designer for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and the Gap. Stephanie loves to travel and learn about food, art, and design around the world. One of her most memorable travel experiences found her in Oaxaca, Mexico where she participated in a Spanish-instructional artist residency with the Arquetopia Foundation and learned traditional backstrap loom weaving techniques from local master weavers.
Bart learned the ins and outs of design and development by starting his own collaborative business called Superhappybunny, a LA-based design studio, where he is the lead product designer and business development coordinator, and has worked with clients such as BMW, Virgin, PixelBlocks, Toyota, Verizon, and Coca Cola. Bart has also worked as a product designer for the renowned design studios Fuseproject and Sterling Brands. A Nebraska native and an Art Center alum, his career has focused on integrating his skill of translating product strategy into reality, as well as leading teams of specialists through coordinated exercises around ideation, presentation, and market launch. Bart’s personal crusade to find an engaging and meaningful vector to push into has led him to the Products of Design program at SVA. What comes next, only the future knows.
Felix grew up in Taiwan and received his BA in Industrial Design from Shi Chien University. He worked as a product designer for MIT Legend, a product design studio in Taipei, where he specialized in product manufacturing and materials processing. Through MIT Legend, his design works have been sold to companies such as the Container Store, John Lewis, and Hola. Felix looks forward to learning more about design strategy and technology applications.
Seona was born and raised in Seoul, and moved to the US to study Public Health and Urban Studies at the College of William and Mary. After graduating, she worked for Maga Design and the Lewin Group in Washington, DC, focusing on design strategy and data visualization. Seona is excited to explore the role of design in both digital and physical forms, and its integral relationship to social responsibility. When she’s not in the studio, she can be found salsa dancing, exploring pop-up exhibitions or cultural events, or experimenting with homemade rice wine recipes.
Yuko was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. She earned degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies from UC Davis before moving to New York to study Fashion Design at FIT. She has five years of experience in the fashion industry as a luxury womenswear development and production specialist for such brands as Adam Lippes and Rosie Assoulin. Yuko is greatly influenced by her Japanese-American upbringing, feminism, music, and queer subcultures, and she is excited to expand on the scope of her design work by investigating products and experiences in unfamiliar territories. At Products of Design, Yuko looks forward to developing the skills and vocabulary to address the needs within various intersections of identity.
Leng grew up in China and graduated from the Xiamen Academy of Arts and Design of Fuzhou University with a BA in Product Design. Her passions include industrial design, interactive art, and painting. In addition to art and design, Leng likes to dance and travel. Her travel experiences include hiking in the Himalayas, diving in Malaysia, and selling handmade products on the streets of Italy. She enjoys the process of exploration, and is generally curious about everything, which inspires her design and art.
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Shin Young is a multidisciplinary designer from South Korea. She majored in Economics in Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, where she won the Dongbu Financial Essay Competition for her thesis on policies to eradicate insurance fraud in South Korea. During an internship with the consumer goods team at KPR, a leading Korean PR consultancy, Shin Young became interested in researching and designing solutions to problems facing society, so she decided to pursue a masters degree in design. She is excited to merge her background with the knowledge and experience she will receive in the MFA Products of Design program. When she’s not designing or doodling, Shin Young can be found learning new languages and playing musical instruments.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Pantea completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering at Azad University, Roudehen. After immigrating to the U.S., she worked as a textile artist and a visual merchandiser for such companies as Target and Macy’s. Pantea's experiences as a Middle Eastern woman shaped her identity as a designer, and she hopes to use her design skills to help people who are struggling against injustice. Pantea is deeply passionate about sustainable design, and tries to practice a low-waste lifestyle, one plastic bottle at a time.
A native of New Jersey, Wes studied industrial design at Jefferson University, where he tackled a range of projects from classic industrial design—including furniture, medical, and consumer goods—to projects in interaction design and graphic design. This exploration led Wes to his two main passions, physical computing and woodworking. His thesis focused on developing a prosthetic to better serve amputees who play field sports at a professional level. Wes was involved in freelance projects at MIO, a Philadelphia-based consultancy, for clients ranging from horticultural societies to multinational banks. After graduating, he worked for Team Design Group, where he designed medical and consumer goods, which served to deepen his understanding of the relationship between business and design.
Prior to joining the Products of Design program, Ted served in the United States Army, where he was a team leader in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He then attended Columbia University, where he worked as a research assistant for the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace studies and studied coalition building in the Global War on Terror, and completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science. Ted has worked for the Warrior-Scholar Project, a non-profit that helps military service members transition to higher education by hosting academic boot camps at universities around the country. Prior to moving to New York City, Ted was an avid mountaineer, and has ascended Mt. Rainier and Mt. Denali.
Catherine grew up in a Chinese-American household in Atlanta, Georgia. Her interest in Asian cultures, inspired in part by her heritage, led her to pursue a BA in Japanese Language and Literature, minoring in Fine Arts and East Asian Studies at Washington University, St. Louis. Upon graduation, she moved into the healthcare field, and worked for iResearch Atlanta, coordinating psychiatric medication trials and establishing the quality assurance department in charge of the company’s internal auditing. Catherine intends to combine her desire to aid humanity with creativity and analysis to form an interdisciplinary, thoughtful design practice. She is eager to learn more about the human condition, explore different materials and methods of thinking, and discover ways to mitigate waste.
Born and raised in southern China, Yufei earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from University of Science & Technology Beijing. She was an exchange student at Arizona State University, where she enrolled in several industrial design courses. She has a strong passion for user experience, design strategy, and designing for people with disabilities. Most recently, she worked at LKK in China, consulting on product design and manufacturing for such clients as Alibaba and Geberit. Yufei looks forward to learning new perspectives and expanding her creative and business skills at Products of Design.
Sherry was born and raised in Beijing, China. She completed her undergraduate studies in Engineering and Industrial Design at China Agricultural University. In her senior year, she interned at Studio715, a design studio in Beijing, where she gained experience designing products, including a series of lamps. This internship inspired Sherry to further her education in design—a field she regards as a combination of art, technology, business, and a reflection of culture. She is excited to start her new journey at Products of Design.
Yi-Hsuan Yang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Tatung University. She has a strong passion for design strategy, development, and data analysis. She is also interested in narrative movies and has created short films and advertisements. Her short films have been screened at exhibitions such as the Yodex Young Designers Exhibition. Yi-Hsuan wants to continue to balance the value of design and business at the MFA Products of Design program.
Born in Hangzhou, China, Hui completed his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design at Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University. He interned as a product designer at Benwu Studio in Shanghai, where he worked on the Egg House Shanghai and AirBorne. Hui was responsible for the installations, from concept to fabrication, including sketching, 3d modeling, and drawing. Hui enjoys games, especially Metal Gear Solid by world-renowned game director and designer Hideo Kojima. He believes that some of the philosophies in game design can also be applied to designing great products.