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

Overlooked/Underappreciated – SVA MA Design Research


These pieces were written for Rob Walker’s Narrative Strategies for Objects project as part of the 2019 Design Writing and Research Summer Intensive.

They are published in Overlooked/Underappreciated, an examination of the minutiae of quotidian life.


Speaker for the Streets by Alicia Ajayi

Seen / Unseen by Erin Dinneen 

On Commitment I by Alice Gong

How many people can you fit on a fire escape? by Anna Hegarty

Witch’s Eye by Amber Hopkins

Screens Extinguished by Diane Lee

Aegolius verizon by Robert Levine

Service Door by Luca Lotruglio

The Mighty Traffic Cone by Ricardo López-León

The Personal Booth by Veronica Martin

The Exit Sign by Bailey Miller

Curbs of Allure by Kariyma Murphy

Affable Attendant by Donna Parish

On Commitment II by Sena Partal

The Postman Doesn’t Have to Ring by Helen D. Wall