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

Monica Nelson, “Edible Flowers” – SVA MA Design Research

Monica Nelson, “Edible Flowers”

In Edible Flowers: How, Why, and When We Eat Flowers, designer and writer Monica Nelson combines practical information, cultural history, personal narrative, and stunning photography into a portable primer. Organized alphabetically by the featured flowers’ common names, the book spotlights little-known stories and detailed facts about more than 100 blooms from acacia to zinnia, with original essays by an array of cultural producers, including curator Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, artist Laila Gohar, writer Julia Sherman, and vegan chef and activist Tara Thomas, among other contributors.

Join us for a conversation between D-Crit alum Monica Nelson and faculty member Jennifer Kabat, as they explore questions posed in the title of Nelson’s beautiful new book.

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Photography by Adrianna Glaviano

Pre-order your copy here!

Monica Nelson is a writer and graphic designer in New York. She has developed strategic visual narratives for publications, cultural institutions, and brands, among them Gap, Kate Spade, and Levis, working with over 100 photographers—some emerging, some Magnum. She was the founding creative and photo director of Wilder Quarterly, which fostered a floral-drenched view of the natural world. She is a graduate of the MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts (2019).

Jennifer Kabat’s essays have been included in Best American EssaysGrantaFriezeBOMBHarper’sMcSweeney’s, the BelieverVirginia Quarterly Review, the New York Review of Books, and the White Review. She’s been awarded a Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism. She often collaborates with artists, most recently Marlene McCarty and Kate Newby and her writing has been included in exhibitions at the Poor Farm (Waupaca, Wi); Arnolfini (Bristol UK) and Index (Stockholm, Sweden). An apprentice herbalist, she lives in rural upstate New York, teaches at the New School and SVA, and serves on her volunteer fire department. She was recently awarded a Silvers Foundation Grant, and is currently working on a memoir on time and socialist uprisings.