On Wednesday, April 20, students, alumni and faculty joined with business and design leaders to participate in Ideopolis: The 2011 MFA Design Thesis Forum. Held at the SVA Theatre, members of the MFA Design Department’s graduating class showed their thesis work in lively presentations. The 20 entrepreneurial products, campaigns and services showcased a wide range of interests and concerns.
Some project highlights included WeDo by Wes Gott, a Web-based calendar application that connects users online and encourages them to participate in cultural activities offline; Fuzz Bucket by Jennie Glaser, a traveling yarn shop and community knitting project; Seize Your Power Days by Lydia Reynolds, a campaign and Web site created to empower young adult women through basic knowledge about their bodies; Milestones by Andy Sir, a desktop accessory that manages, organizes and stores digital assets including images, videos and music; Arlequin by Jules Tardy, an online channel that promotes alternative European culture; and ROWAN by Lauren Wolff, a clothing line for young adults with tactile sensitivity, a common symptom for people on the autism spectrum.
Hosted by MFA Design Department Co-chairs Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, the forum concluded with an poignant endnote by faculty member Scott Stowell that stressed the importance of being “loud and clear” in not only your design practice, but in all methods of communication about your work and your passions; Stowell noted that the day was filled with great examples of this philosophy from all 20 graduating students. To see more images from Ideopolis, visit our Facebook gallery and the MFA Design Department blog.
The students’ work will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery (601 West 26th Street, 15th floor) as part of “Ideopolis,” the exhibition, through May 14. There is a reception on Thursday, May 5, 6 – 8pm.
Images: (top) Lita Talarico and Steven Heller at Ideopolis, photo by Esther Ro-Schofield; (bottom) MFA Design Department students at Ideopolis, photo by John Wyszniewski.