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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: 

WHYNOTTRY is an app service for discovering and sampling your city’s best hobbies and experiences based on your mood—a more human-centered design than other similar services currently in the app market. 

WHYNOTTRY is an app service for discovering and sampling your city’s best hobbies and experiences based on your mood—a more human-centered design than other similar services currently in the app market. 

North is a location-based mobile application that helps you discover meaningful places in nature through the stories of others. Through geotagging, North aggregates user photos and personal experiences in nature that the users can create through the app. What struck us the most about North was its ability to bring the user back to nature through technology. The source of our distance to nature has become the connector back to it. 

North is a location-based mobile application that helps you discover meaningful places in nature through the stories of others. Through geotagging, North aggregates user photos and personal experiences in nature that the users can create through the app. What struck us the most about North was its ability to bring the user back to nature through technology. The source of our distance to nature has become the connector back to it. 

Shared Interest is a response to the mounting student debt crisis. This venture helps matches graduates with investors who offer mirco-loans at competitive rates so that grads can achieve financial freedom sooner.

Shared Interest is a response to the mounting student debt crisis. This venture helps matches graduates with investors who offer mirco-loans at competitive rates so that grads can achieve financial freedom sooner.

Anything With Quin is a app service that helps dads create quality playtime experiences with their children through imaginative adventures—helping facilitate father and child experiences. 

Anything With Quin is a app service that helps dads create quality playtime experiences with their children through imaginative adventures—helping facilitate father and child experiences. 

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.