We are extraordinarily proud that for the entire month of April, the two New York-based MoMA Design Stores are dedicating their windows and in-store displays to the collaboration with MFA Products of Design department! For the launch of 6 new products, an Opening Reception was held in midtown Manhattan last Thursday night. Check out photos below of the packed house, guests, and featured products designed by Products of Design students!
Designed by first-year student Gutav Ole Dyrhauge, The Sketch Book Lamp is an Arduino-powered lamp that connects to a mobile app. "I designed the product/app to remind designers to sketch, since it's consistent practice that helps us to improve. In the app, you can choose when to sketch, what to sketch, as well as the sketching duration. The app will keep alerting you—the "reminders"—and it will only stop once you turn the lamp on."
Florence Fabricant (herself!) wrote up an item in the New York Times about Josh Corn's Multi-ccino Mug in the New York Times this week—one of 6 MFA Products of Design objects that will be celebrated during the month of April in both MoMA retail stores! (The department is also designing the window displays for both the midtown and SoHO stores.) Congratulations Josh!
SPITMUS is a personal saliva testing system that uses litmus paper to help mental health inpatients detect cortisol levels during and after being provided hospital-resourced wellness tools. Developed by student Carly Simmons, the product tests saliva four times on a daily basis, and records a wide range of stress throughout the day. By observing the different levels, patients can connect moments of low stress and realize the wellness tools that work best for them.
We invite you to attend the Masters Thesis showcase presentations of the 2017 graduating class of the MFA in Products of Design program on Friday, May 5th at the SVA Theatre from 11am - 5:30pm. 17 graduating masters students will each present their year-long thesis work, comprised of research, artifacts, services, experiences, and platforms.
SENSR is a speculative system of objective pain measurement tools designed for patients who are experiencing pain and their doctors. Designed by first-year students André Orta, Ellen Rose, Micah Lynn, Gustav Dyrhague, and John Boran, the components of the system are three-fold: A small wearable sensor patch for the patient, a hand-held transducer that the medical professional uses, and a visualization dashboard.
Mighty Moon is a subscription-based tampon and comic delivery service for geek girls. Students Jingting He, Kuan Xu, Manako Tamura, and Teng Yu came up with this idea to combat period shame among young girls, and encourage them to embrace menstruation from a young age.
ALLON/Z (from the French allons-y—meaning "let’s go!") is a fashion line specifically designed for parkour practitioners. The convertible wear allows athletes to transition seamlessly from their regular exercise routine to a social event. Students Smruti Adya, Bernice Wong, and Andrew Schlesinger and were inspired by parkour's philosophy of freedom, balance, and self- expression. "We wanted to design apparel that integrates with every aspect of your life—whether that means work, sport, or play," offers the team.
Visual Arts Press has just published a feature on the 5 next products to be manufactured and sold by the Museum of Modern Arts Wholesale Division. Now in its 4th year of the partnership, the MFA Products of Design students design products for inclusion in the museums revered catalog—now 6 in all!—selling all over the world. Enjoy these spreads from VAP! In addition to Products of Design graduates Panisa Khumpresert and Oscar de la Hera Gomez, new products debuting next month have been designed by Class of 2017 Alexa Fourney, Josh Corn, and Oscar Pipson!
Created by first-year student Evie Cheung, Peachee is a product/app combination that is on a mission to better your living environment by creating a social roommate experience and system for rewarding good behavior. Using a physical treat-dispensing device, attractive mobile app, and in-app integration of political action, Peachee will help keep your apartment (and the world) peachy keen.
We are thrilled to welcome three veteran design practitioners in the social innovation field to the faculty of Products of Design in the spring—who will be co-teaching the Business Modeling Class. Meet them below!
'Nightfall' is a wild fashion coat with an unexpected ability: it magically lights up as the surrounding light dims.The coat was created by first year student (and first time Arduino user!) Ellen Rose in celebration of the repeal of New York City’s outdated Cabaret Law. Whether you head out to [legally!] dance at a nightclub or at an underground techno party, you’ll have the outfit for the occasion.
This year, Products of Design was invited to participate in the Global Grad Show—one of the highlights of Dubai Design Week. The brainchild of writer, curator, and designer Brendan McGetrick, over 200 projects were chosen for of the exhibition, coming from 91 design schools from around the world. 6 SVA projects (and their student creators!) flew to Dubai, accompanied by department chair Allan Chochinov, to exhibit work that spoke to the three themes of the event: Empower, Connect, and Sustain.
We're excited to share this year's Open House and Information Session videos and photos, which took place on November 10, 2017. We had an amazing display of projects, alumni, faculty, current students, and our Open House Competition winner who flew in from Chicago! A packed house of prospective students enjoyed the afternoon (along with tons of livestream viewers), but if you couldn't make it then, enjoy videos from the day below! Be sure to contact us if you'd like to arrange a visit to the department or sit in on a class!
Gummy Bugs is a delicious fruity treat made with real bugs. Students Jiani Lin, Juho Li and Louis Elwood-Leach created these edible treats as a way to get highly sustainable and nutritious foods into children’s regular diets.
Designed by first-year student Phuong Anh Nguyen, U•NITY is a platform that asks the question, What is a person's cultural identity when s/he can identify with two contradicting cultures? "For users with a mixed cultural background and are confused about their cultural identity," Phuong Anh offers, "U•NITY is an app that helps them redefine their identity."
Although thesis students are encouraged to start "naming" their theses right from the start, we thought we'd share what's in store for this year's crop. Here are the (sometimes "working"!) titles and topics for this year's projects, and be sure to join us on May 3rd at the SVA Theatre to see them live!
MOVE is a set of design projects—created by students Alexia Cohen, Lassor Feasley and Will Crum—for organizers, revolutionaries and dreamers to help amplify their message. The flat-pack gear includes foldable megaphones, floating lanterns, and customizable signs that can be decorated on the go.
The Water Token Project is a cryptocurrency basic income program designed to create a more equitable distribution of water. Outlined as a policy proposal for the state of California—a notoriously problematic and overextended watershed—the Water Token Project would use an array of machine learning algorithms to constantly recalculate the gallon-value of a water token on a monthly basis and sustainably distribute these tokens to corporations and citizens alike.
On October 27, the first year students of the MFA Products of Design and the MFA Design Research program exchanged their Manhattan classrooms and studios for the vegetable farms, apple orchards and open fields of Washington County, New York.
As part of Elizabeth Galbut's Leadership and Strategic Management course, Class of 2018 students took a week to reimagine sets of business terms in a "designerly" way. Take a look below at some highlights, and maybe try your hand at some others! (Featured illustrations below by students Smruti Adya, Bernice Wong, Will Crum, Jingting He, Chris Rand, Alexia Cohen, and Andrew Schlesinger.)