We recently attended NYCxDesign, the second annual citywide design festival that celebrates a variety of disciplines of design, including interior, 3D printers, pop-up workshops, and fabrication. It also served as a platform of collaboration for design lovers and learners throughout New York City, and we were proud to be a part of it.
The School of Visual Arts Venture Thesis exhibition, a featured event for the festival, showcased up and coming designers with a sense of business entrepreneurship. Students of the Masters of Fine Arts Design program exhibited their graduating thesis projects. Founded in 1998, the SVA MFA Design program is also known as the MFA Designer as Author and Entrepreneur, emphasizing the role of designer as an originator of content.
Ventures explored how thoughtfully designed technology can fulfill user needs in creative ways; some of our favorites include:
The SVA Venture Thesis showcased the abilities of a designer to bring user-centric value to entrepreneurship. Students here capitalized on the growth of technology by presenting a new way of reaching people and sharing ideas. Their presentations and use of the digital space demonstrated that technology is not only extraordinary in its ability to connect like-minded people together, but also in its potential to bridge communication gaps between cultures and generations.
We are inspired by what is to come with another graduating class of students. The MFAD students show the diverse roles to which designers can contribute in today’s complex social and commercial world. These are learnings that business leaders can look towards and take direction from.
Interact with all the ventures and become inspired with the official SVA MFAD Class of 2014 app, coming soon to the iTunes app store.