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

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011





(212) 592-2228

Dan Chen, “File > Save as > Intimacy” – SVA MA Design Research

Dan Chen, “File > Save as > Intimacy”

What is Intimacy without humanity? The desire to create relationships and environments that make us feel comfortable, provide a sense of security, and facilitate sensations of belonging, is inherent to human nature. Human to human interaction is critical to mental and physical health, but how about human to machine interaction? Does replacing our most intimate human relationships with machine interactions rob our life of its meaning?

Dan Chen is an improvisational engineer, interaction designer and technology investigator. He has master degree from MIT & RISD and a BFA in communication design. He has over seven years of design experience and now works at Johnson & Johnson as Senior Interaction Designer. Previous positions include Senior Interaction Designer at IDEO, Product Designer, and developer at The Economist Group. His personal work has been featured in CNET, The Huffington Post, the verge and Engadget. Dan was a speaker at TEDx Vienna on the future of intimacy in 2016. His work is included in Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine exhibitions in Vitra Design Museum, MAK Wien & Design Museum Gent. Working in the realms of robotics, communication design, interaction design, and product design, Danexplores the new ways of communication and human experience through working prototypes and storytelling, inviting a reflective evaluation and implication.