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

decentering myself – SVA MA Design Research

Karisa Senavitis

decentering myself


Cultural studies assumes and excludes audiences and histories. To notice this is part of the practice.

Recently I’ve felt my failures in noticing in at least two ways: I’ve been irresponsibly silent and I’ve spoken irresponsibly. That’s my fault.

To decenter myself is to question all my assumptions and to ask: How to communicate without throwing voice or speaking for others? How to do justice to the stories people share with me and ask me to share? How to make space for difference without separation? How to create safe spaces for knowledge generation and transmission?

Two articles that go towards a study of technology and graphic design which refuse white supremacy and patriarchy:

How I Organized a Series of Six Panels on Technology with Only Women Speaking.

The Western Graphic Design Curriculum Musn’t Continue to Resist Diversity.

As their titles suggest, both are instructional, practical guides rather than theoretical texts. Sometimes didactic is what I need. I always liked instructional songs. Other reading suggestions welcome!