SVA Named as Catalyst for Innovation and Economic Growth

March 21, 2012

SVA’s role as a catalyst for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth is driven home by a new report published by the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank dedicated to economic development and other issues critical to New York City’s future.

Entitled Designing New York’s Future, the report highlights the talent coming out of SVA and three other New York design schools. “Their graduates have produced dozens of start-up companies that set up locally—something that has eluded most of the city’s scientific research institutions,” says the report. “They also provide the talent pipeline for New York City’s creative industries—including the city’s fast-growing design and architecture sectors.”

Among the education and business leaders cited in the report are SVA President David Rhodes, who points to New York’s dynamic creative community as a peerless resource to students, and MFA Products of Design Department Chair Allan Chochinov, whose upcoming design research class will meet at the SoHo offices of pioneering design firm IDEO. “One really important thing we do,” says Chochinov, “is introduce students to the best professional designers we know, and if we can do that in the context of their actual workplaces, all the better.”

Among the young entrepreneurs featured in the report are SVA alumni Nico Puertollano (BFA 2002 Computer Art), who started his own print and motion graphics studio after graduation, and designer Deborah Adler (MFA 2002 Design), whose innovative system for prescription packaging for Target began as her thesis project. In addition, the report’s cover features the work of SVA students Allison Shaw and Michael Yap, whose project for the MFA Interaction Design Department transforms the Williamsburg Bridge.

Click here to visit the Center for an Urban Future’s website and download the full report.

Images: (top) Cover of the Center for an Urban Future report; (next) MFA Interaction Design Department presentation.

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