SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

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Caroline Sinders, “Between Algorithm and Human Intervention” – SVA MA Design Research

Caroline Sinders, “Between Algorithm and Human Intervention”

IBM_WatsonIn her role as a researcher for IBM Watson, Caroline Sinders investigates the role of human decision-making in developing robotics software. But beyond her work, Sinders applies her knowledge to projects that consider how design impacts and shapes conversations happening online.

Image: IBM’s Watson supercomputer, Yorktown Heights, NY. From Wikimedia Commons.

Caroline Sinders is a user researcher for IBM Watson, and an artist, researcher, and video game designer. She was born in New Orleans and is currently based in Brooklyn. She received her masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program where she focused on HCI, prototyping, and interactive storytelling. She holds a bachelor of fine arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Photography and Imaging, where she focused on digital culture and identity in photography. Caroline is a member of the Code Liberation Foundation’s board, as well as a teacher for the foundation. Her current personal work explores UX and UI to stymy harassment and “designing consent” into infrastructural system and communication design for social networking sites. Her work has been featured in the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, Fusion News, Huffington Post Live, Rhizome, Narratively, The Verge, Washington Post,New York Magazine, and other places.