Pen Moms: Why We're Designing a Digital Support... →
garychou: Last Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day. For most of us, that conjures up memories of great moments that warrant balloons, flowers and cards. It’s unlikely that Mother’s Day made you think of all the mothers struggling to put food on the table and provide their children with the … Check out what a few of my former students, Jennings Hanna and Alex Todaro, are up to!
Final hours for Shelly Ni’s League of Ladies: Women’s Superhero Underwear Kickstarter project!
Congrats to John Taikhyung Kim on comfortably exceeding his Kickstarter goal w/his Engraved project
12 hours to go for Steve and Tyler’s ShotBot Kickstarter project! If you like to have fun when you drink, this Bot’s for you.
Hey, designers! Only a few hours left to get in on Sticky Jots!, Pam and Rae’s $1000 Project
Visual Journal: Networking 201: Cold e-mail &... →
minsunmini: People are nicer than you think. This is a lesson I learned this semester through cold e-mailing and tweeting. Cold calling, e-mailing and tweeting could be scary, but I found out that people are willing to help out and share their story. I sent my first cold e-mail to Lower East Side Ecology…
WE Weddings: The WE Guest Book Project! Launched! →
weweddings: A new approach to a traditional idea: Have you ever waited in a long line to sign a guest book at a wedding? When its finally your turn to sign the book, do you find yourself trying to come up with something creative and meaningful, but also different from what you already wrote in…
Li'l Blog by Anke Stohlmann: Cold emails vs. cold... →
ankestohlmann: Email has made it a lot easier to reach out to people you don’t know. It’s a great way to set up a conversation or meeting. A few years ago I had given myself the task to cold call 10 prospective clients a week for my company Li’l Robin. It was very hard. I still remember leaving stumbled…
The Stream: My backend is in business (finally) →
A little help from your network?
willatracosas: I’m not one to ask for help until I need it - usually because I see a learning opportunity in doing it myself. But when you’re trying to publicly launch a project from concept, to product, to marketing outreach - a little help to save time is never a bad thing. With a little nudge from a class assignment, I tried my luck with Task Rabbit last week looking for help compiling a well...
Is Design New?
falets: Maybe it’s me. Since I started studying industrial design at Pratt almost a decade ago the practice has exploded. Designers are sought out and given notoriety, from long-running powerhouses like Philip Starck down to small upstarts like Fort Standard. The edges are blurring between design and art, a distinction about which I am often dubious, but one that’s bringing attention to the...
ENGRAVED has launched!
jtk8682: Engraved Kickstarter Video from John Kim on Vimeo. Hey check out Engraved! We have reached our goal within 3 hours after launching. Hurry up and get a set before the early bird special price tiers are gone! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/765756701/engraved Hi everyone! I’m John T. Kim, an interaction design grad student at SVA, and the maker of Engraved. I often go to...
Second Life of a Toilet Paper Roll
debbieventures: A few weeks ago while surfing the internet, I came across a blog that had approximately 50 or so ideas for how to re-use everyday items. Around idea #47, I came across the suggestion to recycle my toilet paper roll by turning it into a speaker for my iPhone. Since it would be relatively simple to test out the idea, I filed it away in the back of my mind until I had a roll...
Li'l Stories in tweets
lilstoriesco: During our Kickstarter campaign we tweeted a fact a day: • President Abraham Lincoln carried important letters in his tall hat. • It took about 2,300,000 large blocks to build a pyramid. • Amelia Earhart named her first plane “Canary”. • Elephants use their trunk as a snorkel when swimming. • Albert Einstein’s interest in science was sparked by a compass. • Temperature...
The automobile industry is also facing many of the same struggles that plague...– Rant and Yammer: Thoughts On In-Dash Experience Design
jJjennings: Why We Launched -Deja Vu By You- On... →
jenningshanna: I closed on a house once on April Fools day. It scared and excited me simultaneously. I was young enough to be afraid of the ball and chain, but mature enough to also understand the benefits. I sat in my car that afternoon, starring at those silver keys as they glimmered onto my…
Ashley Marie Quinn: Chickens Forever. →
ashleymarieandthesea: I started thinking about building chicken coops as a way to earn money for my 1k project for Entrepreneurial Design at the beginning of the semester. I stressed a lot about how I was going to design, build and sell a physical product, something I had never done, in a matter of months. A lot of…
Mark This Town on Kickstarter
minsunmini: Two weeks ago Meghana and I pivoted our $1000 Project for Entrepreneurship class and have been developing Mark This Town. Last week, we finished developing website for it, clean the language and goal, and also launched the Kickstarter. Basically, Mark This Town is a collaborative street art that sparks conversation. It allows users to “make a statement using sustainable materials...
Rant and Yammer: Design ))(( Engineering →
falets: I teach in an industrial design program, and right now I have my class working on a desktop mouse project. My goal is to get digital tools more ingrained into the design process, so I have been forcing my students to run through a more “designerly” process while still using computer-based tools. I…
Visual Journal: First Color Class - Fun and Done →
minsunmini: Beth’s and my first color class this Saturday was a success. I enjoyed leading the class and I was filled with endorphine preparing for the class and running the class. We managed to get the timing right in each section and the students commented that they enjoyed the exercises and…
mkhandekar: Cities, especially New York is full of mayhem. People are busy with their routines. But there is something in the New York spirit that inspires people to stop for musicians, performance art and flash mobs. Pausing to appreciate the smaller moments — a clever sticker in the subway, or an inspiring quote on the wall of a building — makes our day. My classmate at SVA IxD, Mini Kim, and...
It's the little things
alextodaro: In our first day we have received a good handful of orders and the language surrounding them is beautiful. Lots of motivational statements, the creation and duration of goals, snap-shoting single memories and vacations. I don’t think there are many spaces on the internet that allow us to be introspective. Beyond 750 words there’s not a lot of time I dedicate to actively putting...
Visual Journal: "Placing" Type in New York City →
minsunmini: My Easter Weekend has been invaded by typography. Saturday I spent time teaching type and Sunday I spent time “creating” or “giving birth” to type art work in New York City with Meghana Khandekar. 7After some thoughts Meghana and I decided to “pivot,” SVA IxD 14 key word of the year, our…
20 years ago, I wouldn’t be worrying about what data trails I’m leaving behind...– Ashley Marie Quinn: Data & Death
Visual Journal: Don't Miss My First Class (Very... →
minsunmini: My dream to teach design is finally coming true this Saturday and I am excited as well as anxious. Last Friday, Beth and I met up with Sam Potts to get final review on our Graphic Design 101: Color Your Work. We presented out flow in a messy but beautiful whiteboard writing….
Create + Learn + Interact: What my wedding means... →
Tyler Davidson: Giving Form to Data →
I didn’t start out with the goal of devoting all of myself to my job. It crept...– Erin Callan, Is There Life After Work? Reflecting on this timely essay by Erin Callan. I’ve been devoting myself wholeheartedly to grad school. It’s been a gradual process for me too: a few extra hours here, a few extra hours there, and suddenly, I find myself spending nearly all my waking hours on...
Introducing The Random Walks Project
brynnshepherd: I’ve been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately about what I want to do with my life. This is probably the least original blog post intro ever, BUT. For a long time I was convinced that the only logical path was to work as a designer at a tech company, which I did, for two years as an intern and then almost two years full-time. I don’t regret that experience, as I learned a ton...
Why is it so gd hard to find a good doctor or... →
The Value of Thumbs up →
Tyler Davidson: Accept →
jtk8682: “Hey that’s great! You should instagram it and put it up on facebook. In fact if you tweet it, I will retweet. But who is that in it? Can I google him? I think I saw him on a tumblr too.” It is quite interesting and disturbing at the same time to think that if somebody said this 10 years ago, everybody would be looking at him like he must be out of his mind.
Parking In Brooklyn - THE 2ND INCIDENT →
On Popping the Language Bubbles
brynnshepherd: This piece by Robin Sloan is important, I think: We, the internet culture makers: we don’t translate enough. We don’t push hard enough against these linguistic and social borders. Instead, we pat each other on the back for our elegant file-format choices. Instead, we talk mostly to ourselves. The internet feels “open” but actually a lot of its content is obstructed by language...
Carving Out That Space →
What I’m beginning to understand is that there isn’t an integrated approach for...– _Todaro: im(mobile)
Play and passion (and a good deal of talent) in the design process can yield...– Create + Learn + Interact: Blue Windows
Tyler Davidson: Taking time off with Second Story →
Designing in public is like learning a foreign language. You have to engage...– LET THE RECORD SHOW…
Long Stream Of Thoughts: So Why Sticky Jots? →
pjue: Sticky Jots for your sticky thoughts. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my interests and possible thesis topics. Conversations has been a reoccurring theme in my ideas and it’s something that intrigues me. I couldn’t stop thinking about it after my cybernetics…
Visual Journal: Building Empathy by Doing More →