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

Heba Malaeb – SVA MA Design Research

Heba Malaeb holds a BFA in Product Design from Parsons School of Design. Her work centers around the tactile and emotional experience of humble, everyday objects, and she is fascinated by manufacturing processes. She’s interested in the way design meets people, especially across cultures and geographies; that is, what gets lost in translation, and how that is compensated for. As a designer she has worked at Stickbulb, participating in projects at various scales and stages of production. As an illustrator, Heba often expresses herself through single-page comics, addressing themes such as anxiety, depression, cultural belonging, and gender identity. Heba is also a writer of poetry and songs, composing for songs in both English and Arabic. She has fully subscribed to the cliché of wanting to make the world a better place, and is honing all the tools she might use to work towards that.

Selected Research & Writing