Damon is currently a product designer at Motivate, defining the future of bike share for New York City's Citi Bike system, as well as other bike share programs around the world. As an interaction designer at Frog Design, he worked with a diverse list of forward-thinking clients to tackle big challenges through research, strategy and design in the fields of finance, health care, transportation and consumer products. He has helped define opportunities from startups to such Fortune 500 clients as Google, Starbucks, Verizon, and BNY Mellon. Damon's portfolio is split between client and self-proposed projects, creating a unique perspective for purposeful design. He has been the recipient of numerous accolades and has been recognized by Red Dot Design Awards, Core77, IDSA, The Design Museum of London, The Verge, The Guardian and Fast Company.
Matthew is a designer at SYPartner in New York City. A jack of all trades, Matthew’s studies and professional endeavors are spread across a range of disciplines. He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and began his professional career in advertising before transitioning to working in the fine art world. For the last five years, Matthew has acted as studio manager for the artist duo Faile, in addition to running the online print shop Paper Monster.
Rona is currently a Graphic Designer, Interactive Media at 2x4 in New York City. Since graduating from Products of Design, she was a Visual Experience Designer at Local Projects, and interned for Natasha Jen at Pentagram. Born in Washington D.C., and raised in Ankara, Turkey, Rona Binay considers herself a multidisciplinary designer and an artist. Prior to earning her MFA from Products of Design, she studied interior architecture, environmental design, illustration, and storytelling. She has worked for many for design and architecture studios, art galleries, magazines, designers, and artists including Natalie Jeremijenko, Birsel+Seck, Adidas Originals, Nissan Future Lab, Benjamin Critton and Ana Kraš.
Willy is a New York City-based designer who recently earned a BFA in product design from Parsons The New School for Design. Interested in both human-centered and environmentally aware design, the majority of Willie’s work takes the form of practical products that solve design problems, rather than conceptual pieces. Willy hopes to alter the way people perceive the artifacts around them: not just as “products” but “living” objects with tremendous value.
Richard is the founder and creative director at Richard Clarkson Studio, an innovative art and design studio based in Brooklyn whose clients include Google, IBM, Coca-Cola, and Miley Cyrus. During his studies at the Products of Design program, Richard realized and developed a strong passion for physical computing and business management. Utilizing these and other key skillsets, Richard launched his studio with his flagship product, the Smart Cloud. The studio has continued to grow, reaching international buyers and press with ever-evolving projects and products.
Mansi has studied Economics and Computer Science at Bryn Mawr. After dabbling in the technology industry for about a year as she worked for Google Apps in Silicon Valley, she spent several months interning for fashion accessory companies in London and New York to learn more about the essence of design in the fashion field. Following her graduation from Products of Design, she spent several years as a behaviorial designer at FinalMile Consulting and as a product developer as Prachi Leathers in her native India. She is the co-founder of TRMTAB, a collection of upcycled leather goods made from manufacturing material waste, and works as a design and innovation specialist at Women’s World Banking in New York.
Charlotte is a Design Strategist at Redscout. After graduating from Products of Design, she joined PSFK Labs as a Strategy Consultant and Designer, where she developed strategies and product and service offerings for clients such as Nike, IBM Watson, Staples and Google. Her academic pursuits include a BFA in Industrial design from Lund University, Sweden in 2011, which launched her into a career as an Furniture Designer at Claesson Koivisto Rune Architect and Design office in Stockholm, Sweden. Her subsequent work won Elle Interior awards domestically and abroad—exhibiting in Stockholm, Milan and New York.
Clay studied Architectural Studies and Studio Art at the University of Pittsburgh, and after earning his MFA at Products of Design, worked at Collins as a Senior Experiential Designer and dDirector of Experience Design. he is currently Associate Design Director—Experiential at Madwell.
Kathryn is creative director at Austin’s Argodesign. Immediately following her graduation from Products of Design, she spent three years as Design Lead and UX Designer for IBM in Austin. Passionate about near-future technology, artificial intelligence, design strategy, and smart objects, she is the author of Prototyping for Designers, published by O'Reilly Media, and regularly speaks about prototyping, design thinking, and user experience design.
Cassandra is a User Experience Researcher at American Express, and has worked as a Design Researcher at Frog Design, and Associate Director of Research at Basset & Partners. With two of her sisters, she founded Make & Do, which is producing Chalo! Let’s Go!, a documentary film about sustainable fashion design, and is the co-founder of TRMTAB, a collection of upcycled leather goods made from manufacturing material waste.
Samantha is a design strategist at the New York City-based product design and brand strategy firm Aruliden, and worked as a brand strategsit at Orla Kiely. Her diverse design background, spanning product, graphic, interior and experience design, allows her to understand the business and design needs of clients including Verizon, Bose, Google and Staples. She also works to introduce students to design thinking as a tool for real world problem solving through partnerships with schools and the New York Public Library. Prior to her transition to strategy, Samantha leveraged her interior design education from Drexel University as a commercial interior designer and residential design consultant in Philadelphia, and as an exhibition designer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Her personal design work has been featured on Fast Company, HGTV, Make Magazine, Grid Magazine, and Refinery29.
Zena Verda Pesta is an artist/designer, lifelong learner, and facilitator based in Brooklyn. She currently collaborates with Beam Center and Beam Camp to bring fresh new perspectives to artist and designers sharing their practice with kids. Prior to her graduate studies in design at Products of Design, she was an instructor at The Pratt Institute.
Joseph is an interdisciplinary designer with a focus on middle- and high-school education. For the past four years he's taught digital fabrication and physical computing at day-camps and after-school programs for teens, and professional development workshops for teachers. He's worked with the Institute of Play, the Makerbot Foundation, and such museums as the American Museum of Natural History, the Jewish Museum, and the Guggenheim. During that time, he earned his MFA at Products of Design, where he focused on the intersection of design and education, developing his own lesson design framework for leveraging creative tools through project- and game-based-learning. Following three years at the Future Project, Joseph is now head of invention at Future Laboratories.
Emi is a US-based, Japanese born designer with a passion for creating meaningful experience through environmental and product design. She is a Senior Environments Designer at Landor in San Francisco, and was previously a Senior Designer at Manifold. She has traveled a great deal, and growing up, she combined her love of all things visual with design.