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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New York, NY 10011





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Alex Gallafent, “Design Research through Three Lenses: Journalism, Prototyping, and Improv” – SVA MA Design Research

Alex Gallafent, “Design Research through Three Lenses: Journalism, Prototyping, and Improv”

Alex Gallafent, a radio journalist turned design researcher at IDEO, will share stories from his work in public radio and the BBC, from his experiences in the field with IDEO clients, and from his background in theater and improv. He will also introduce The Little Book of Design Research Ethics, a new publication from IDEO that expresses how the design company thinks about its values when seeking insights from others.

Alex Gallafent is a design lead at IDEO New York, with a focus on design research, writing, and audio. He leads project teams in media, government, city innovation, and experience design. He is a former foreign correspondent for public radio’s “The World” and the BBC World Service, reporting from across the globe on everything from the rise of digital gurus in India to the intersection of religion and public health in southern Africa. At IDEO, he’s excited to bring the techniques of journalism, audio storytelling, and theater to bear on design challenges large and small. Before joining IDEO, Alex worked on large-scale experiences with ESI Design and on a museum concept design at Local Projects. He is a contributing writer at, where he shares ideas on urban change, global development, and other subjects. After graduating in philosophy from Oxford, Alex trained in classical acting at LAMDA. He has performed and taught Shakespeare, composed music for plays in London’s West End, and appeared in sketch comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. In New York, he performs improv, tells stories, and plays drums for the city’s only improvised rock’n’roll storytelling band.