For the second year in row, the MFA in Products of Design program at SVA is launching their Open House Design Challenge—a quick-'n-dirty design competition open to people interested in learning about the program and attending their Open House and info session in New York City on November 10th.
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Comments Products of Design chair Allan Chochinov, "Lots of people are keen on learning about grad school and about the unique aspects of our program, but it can be expensive to come to New York City. And since there's nothing like actually hanging out in the department, meeting current students in person, and really getting a sense of the place, we wanted to make it a little bit easier to attend. So this is a fun way to help out with the airfare. "
The requirements for entering are pretty simple—pick a question, and answer it by creating one sketch, along with a two-paragraph description of the idea. And the topics are juicy:
Pick one of the following questions:
A. Sketch what you hoped the iPhone X would have been before you saw any of the leaks
B. If Tesla and T.J.Maxx launched a new initiative together, what would it be?
C. Sketch an app for animal shelters to increase pet adoption rates
D. Design an umbrella for use in crowded areas
E. Design a service that helps the formerly incarcerated rejoin society
The top 5 winning entrants receive expert portfolio reviews from faculty and experts, and the overall winner will receive travel reimbursement up to $750 to come to the department's open house in New York City.
"This isn't a skills competition by the way," adds Chochinov. "What we're looking for are ingenious ideas, novel approaches to problem-solving, and just plain imagination. Also, of course, we're looking for brave and bold ideas...since we're looking for brave and bold students to apply to join us in the fall!"
The deadline for submitting your idea is Friday, October 20th. Find all the details at the Products of Design site.