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Above:SVA NYC MFA Products of Design Thesis graduates 1. Antya Waegemann/ 2. John Boran Jr./ 3. Carly Simmons / 4. Xuan Wang

The graduating class of the MFA Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) NYC will present the research, development and outcomes of their final products on 14 May.

The event will see the graduates discussing the work they’ve undertaken over the last year at the SVA Theatre in New York.

https://vimeo.com/326458683

Antya Waegemann will discuss SAFE, an app that comes built into a phone’s operating system that supports victims of sexual assault connect with helplines, emergency services, healthcare and information on what steps you need to take next. SAFE comes in multiple languages to prevent any cultural barriers from occurring when reporting a sexual assault.

Waegemann writes: ‘However, because so little information exists around sexual assault resources it was challenging not to overwhelm the victim while at the same time making sure to include as much necessary information as possible. If this were to move forward, it would need more user testing and ensure that it is not overwhelming after an assault, but that it is able to help a victim make a more informed, clear decision.’

John Boran

John Boran Jr. will present the research and development behind his Omnibot project, a flying conversational AI companion that aims to aid feelings of isolation and loneliness experienced by astronauts on long journeys.

https://vimeo.com/303781600

Carly Simmons will talk about how her thesis explored the unrealistic expectations society places on mothers, and how design can better support new mums. Her research led her to concepts such as an app that helps new mums to one another, a game for couples that helps them to discuss often difficult topics of conversation around how they feel after becoming parents, and an on-demand service that provides stressed mums with on-call childminders and carers.



Xuan Wang will present design interventions that bring comfort, offer support, and facilitate conversations for Chinese queer Youth and their family. She learned from research that, in China, the social norms of entering into marriage and carrying offspring intersect with official government policies. This creates the unique pressure that Chinese Queer Youth (CQY) face from their primary families.

Xuan Wang said, “Throughout the thesis journey, I learned that the LGBTQ issue and the family issue are way more complex than we can imagine, and there is no singular solution — there is no ‘the’ solution. This thesis is nice to practice designing for social values; I hope my work can inspire CQY to think about this problem differently. Most importantly, I want to increase their visibility and start a dialogue.”

The full list of MFA Products of Design presentations :


  • Antya Waegemann
    When No One Believes You: Addressing Rape Culture through the Redesign of Rape Kits

  • Ben Bartlett
    Entrusted: Designing Trust into Public Spaces

  • Rhea Bhandari
    Hysterical: Designing for Women in a Gaslighting Healthcare System

  • Hannah Rudin
    Teambuilding America: A Declaration of Interdependence

  • Gustav Dyrhauge
    Food as a Medium: Bringing New York to the Dinner Table

  • Evie Cheung
    The Revenge of Siri and Alexa: Redesigning Artificial Intelligence for Women of Color

  • Eugenia Ramos
    Speak Easy. Confronting Public Speaking Anxiety Through Design

  • Carly Simmons
    The Mother Lode: Prepping New Moms for Modern Day Postpartum

  • Zihan Chen
    Before You Click: Design for Better Decision Making in Online Shopping

  • Xuan Wang
    Queer China: Proposals to Empower Chinese Queer Youth

  • Tzu-Ching Lin
    No Do-Over: Designing Life Without Regret

  • Sophie Carrillo
    Unauthorized Play: Design Provocations for Children in Crisis

  • André Orta
    Your Destination Is Ahead: Redefining In-Vehicle Experiences in the Age of Autonomy

  • Ellen Rose
    The ‘Aha’ Movement: Designing for Creativity at Work

  • Kevin Cook
    Closer Kin: Building Stronger Family Environments by Design

  • Yangying Ye
    MONO/POLY: Designing for a Post-Marriage Society

  • Micah Lynn
    Attainable: Reimagining Exercise as the Training Ground for Success

  • Phuong Anh Nguyen
    The Real in the Virtual: Designs for Emotional Safety in Physical Contexts

  • Runshi Wei
    Low Desire Society: Design and Culture After High Speed Economic Growth

  • John Boran Jr.
    There and Never Back Again: Design in the Next Age of Space Exploration


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Above:SVA NYC MFA Products of Design Thesis graduates 1. Antya Waegemann/ 2. John Boran Jr./ 3. Carly Simmons / 4. Xuan Wang

The graduating class of the MFA Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) NYC will present the research, development and outcomes of their final products on 14 May.

The event will see the graduates discussing the work they’ve undertaken over the last year at the SVA Theatre in New York.

https://vimeo.com/326458683

Antya Waegemann will discuss SAFE, an app that comes built into a phone’s operating system that supports victims of sexual assault connect with helplines, emergency services, healthcare and information on what steps you need to take next. SAFE comes in multiple languages to prevent any cultural barriers from occurring when reporting a sexual assault.

Waegemann writes: ‘However, because so little information exists around sexual assault resources it was challenging not to overwhelm the victim while at the same time making sure to include as much necessary information as possible. If this were to move forward, it would need more user testing and ensure that it is not overwhelming after an assault, but that it is able to help a victim make a more informed, clear decision.’

John Boran

John Boran Jr. will present the research and development behind his Omnibot project, a flying conversational AI companion that aims to aid feelings of isolation and loneliness experienced by astronauts on long journeys.

https://vimeo.com/303781600

Carly Simmons will talk about how her thesis explored the unrealistic expectations society places on mothers, and how design can better support new mums. Her research led her to concepts such as an app that helps new mums to one another, a game for couples that helps them to discuss often difficult topics of conversation around how they feel after becoming parents, and an on-demand service that provides stressed mums with on-call childminders and carers.



Xuan Wang will present design interventions that bring comfort, offer support, and facilitate conversations for Chinese queer Youth and their family. She learned from research that, in China, the social norms of entering into marriage and carrying offspring intersect with official government policies. This creates the unique pressure that Chinese Queer Youth (CQY) face from their primary families.

Xuan Wang said, “Throughout the thesis journey, I learned that the LGBTQ issue and the family issue are way more complex than we can imagine, and there is no singular solution — there is no ‘the’ solution. This thesis is nice to practice designing for social values; I hope my work can inspire CQY to think about this problem differently. Most importantly, I want to increase their visibility and start a dialogue.”

The full list of MFA Products of Design presentations :


  • Antya Waegemann
    When No One Believes You: Addressing Rape Culture through the Redesign of Rape Kits

  • Ben Bartlett
    Entrusted: Designing Trust into Public Spaces

  • Rhea Bhandari
    Hysterical: Designing for Women in a Gaslighting Healthcare System

  • Hannah Rudin
    Teambuilding America: A Declaration of Interdependence

  • Gustav Dyrhauge
    Food as a Medium: Bringing New York to the Dinner Table

  • Evie Cheung
    The Revenge of Siri and Alexa: Redesigning Artificial Intelligence for Women of Color

  • Eugenia Ramos
    Speak Easy. Confronting Public Speaking Anxiety Through Design

  • Carly Simmons
    The Mother Lode: Prepping New Moms for Modern Day Postpartum

  • Zihan Chen
    Before You Click: Design for Better Decision Making in Online Shopping

  • Xuan Wang
    Queer China: Proposals to Empower Chinese Queer Youth

  • Tzu-Ching Lin
    No Do-Over: Designing Life Without Regret

  • Sophie Carrillo
    Unauthorized Play: Design Provocations for Children in Crisis

  • André Orta
    Your Destination Is Ahead: Redefining In-Vehicle Experiences in the Age of Autonomy

  • Ellen Rose
    The ‘Aha’ Movement: Designing for Creativity at Work

  • Kevin Cook
    Closer Kin: Building Stronger Family Environments by Design

  • Yangying Ye
    MONO/POLY: Designing for a Post-Marriage Society

  • Micah Lynn
    Attainable: Reimagining Exercise as the Training Ground for Success

  • Phuong Anh Nguyen
    The Real in the Virtual: Designs for Emotional Safety in Physical Contexts

  • Runshi Wei
    Low Desire Society: Design and Culture After High Speed Economic Growth

  • John Boran Jr.
    There and Never Back Again: Design in the Next Age of Space Exploration


To RSVP for this free event, click here.

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Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 

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August 2nd, 2022
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Rebecca D’Eramo - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

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