Inspired by, and following the reading of Paul Elliman’s “My Typographies,” this two-week long exercise asked the students to create a new alphabet, that could double as letterforms and as a self-portrait. "The assignment was to look at typography both as meaning-making symbols whose function is to be strung together to make language, but also as marks on the page which themselves carry cultural connotations that can be 'read'," submits Lauren Mackler, instructor of the course. "The hope was that while the student looked at the distinct forms, lines, and curves that make each letter, they might also look at the associations of their chosen materials, and shapes."
At the 9-week mark—half way through the semester—students collaborated to produce a gallery show. The prompt? "Pick the best thing you did in the first half of the fall semester." First-year student Manako Tamura and second-year student came up with the idea for adding some math to the display; enjoy their short reflections below!
At the end of October, the fist year students headed upstate for a 3-day retreat to learn about sustainable food production and commence their Design for Sustainability and Resilience course. Will Crum wrote a diary throughout for the blog; enjoy his reflections below!
Tomorrow, the students of the MFA Products of Design will be out on the streets of New York City providing design interventions around politics and citizenship. We'll follow up with pics very shortly, but for now, take a look at the descriptions, locations, and times below, and come on out to see them!
This versatile hand tool, designed by first year student Chris Rand, is used for bending metal wire and ribbon into letters and numbers. By quickly changing the bending mandrills, and placing various dies into the matrix of holes, the integrated pliers-and-cutter tool can form anything in the alphabet.
QR codes are ubiquitous, but consumers generally disregard them because they can be a nuisance to scan, and generally contain little useful information. They have multiple other uses for shipping, logistics, and ticketing, but at a "consumer" level, they're typically used to trigger URLs and strings of text. As part of his initial thesis explorations, Products of Design student Josh Corn reframed the QR code to push its potential: He took sets of QR codes and turned them into a musical instrument.
The 8th annual Design Week Mexico took place from October 5-9 2016 in Mexico City, and SVA’s MFA in Products of Design was proud to participate. Wanted Design NYC collaborated with DWM and Centro school of design, cinema and television to create and host NAO, Design School Pavilion, an exhibition of creative universities and their students’ work, focused on the theme of Social Responsibility.
Richard Clarkson's "Cloud" has been one of the runaway successes of Products of Design—inspired by Hurricane Sandy (which occurred during the 4th week of the very first year of the MFA program). As the initial product offering from Richard Clarkson's Brooklyn studio, the project has been a perennial internet hit, resulting in sales and commissions around the world—from to Russia to Taiwan. Now, in collaboration with Crealev, Richard has introduced: Making Weather, a levitating cloud project. The project is a collaboration between the two companies—merging the innovative levitation technology developed by Crealev with the form and function of the original Cloud.
Meow ("Men's Empanthy Of Women") is a digital platform that was developed in the Smart Objects class, designed collaboratively between MFA Products of Design student Josh Corn, and MFA Interaction Design students Song Lee and Shane Strassberg. "The street harassment of women is rampant, along with the common prejudice that women 'ask for' that harassment based on the way they walk, dress, or behave, " argues the team. "Of course, the problem lies with the men involved," so they framed their work a challenge: How might we address street harassment, acknowledging men as the problem, but somehow "empowering" men to be the solution?
We know that lots of you want to come to New York City to attend our November 11th Open House and Info Session, but we also know getting here can be a major expense. So today we’re proud to announce our first-ever “Open House Design Challenge”—a chance to help you out with airfare to New York City, expert portfolio reviews and application coaching from esteemed faculty, along with other surprises while you’re here! The theme of this design challenge is ingenuity. When we look at applicants to the Products of Design program, we look for potential, we look for point of view, and we look for something amazing. Ingenuity is made up of all of these ingredients, so that’s your challenge!
On the evening of September 26th, representatives from the Veterans Experience Office and the New York Harbor Healthcare System (VA Hospital) came to Products of Design to participate in a group discussion around women veterans. (This semester, the Design Research and Integration class is doing a 15-week project on the issues surrounding women vets.) Topics ranged from the perception of women military in our society, to their unique needs in accessing healthcare services throughout the VA system, to stakeholder eco-system mapping—trying to identify the main players in the area, along with learning about their top needs and interactions.
There's tons going on here at Products of Design (and outside of Products of Design!), so every week we send out a "digest" email to share the latest course news, guest lectures, field trips, books, and interesting links. We thought it would be fun to post yesterday's email to the department blog—as you can see there is LOTS going on next week! Take a peek:
Join us at this year's Open House and Information Session, taking place on Friday, November 11, 2015—from 2-5pm. Attendees will be able to meet faculty, alumni, and current students, see projects, learn about the program, tour the studio, classroom spaces, and Visible Futures Lab, and ask questions about life at Products of Design. Delicious refreshments will be shared throughout the session. Hope to see you there! To attend, please RSVP here. And whet your appetite, take a peek at the video below, created by faculty member Michael Chung, and some snapshots of previous Open House events.
For our annual orientation futuring workshop, the Class of 2018 engaged in an all-day speculative design charette led by the Extrapolation Factory's Chris Woebken and PoD graduate Steve Hamilton. Following a lecture presentation on conceptual frameworks around the futuring and speculation, the students dove deep into creating artifacts and behiors around scenarios triggered by present and near-future scientific phenomena. Let's dive into the results below (and keep in mind that the team projects were conceived, prototyped, and performed "on the streets of New York" all within 4 hours!
MFA Products of Design proud to host the New York launch party for LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation. LEAP Dialogues, edited by Mariana Amatullo with Bryan Boyer, SVA IxD Chair Liz Danzico, and Andrew Shea, features 84 designers, educators and thought leaders discussing the challenges and opportunities around the emerging career pathways in design for social innovation.
Yawnie is a smart product that helps people develop good sleeping habits. Designed by Products of Design students Roya Ramezani and Ziyun Qi and Interaction Design student Nic Barajas, Yawnie tracks users' sleeping conditions and reminds them to go to bed on time by triggering them to yawn. Yawnie capitalizes on the notion that yawning is contagious, and uses it to help improve the sleeping habits of its user.