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

Joseph Ramsawak – SVA MA Design Research

Joseph Ramsawak is a researcher and writer who is curious about the human experience as a product of design, and how big data can be harnessed through art and design to inspire a healthier, happier, and more harmonious society. Before graduating from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, he joined Tiltfactor: a game design laboratory combatting various social problems through critical play. There, Joseph made key contributions to card games that address bias in STEM and the workplace, to a role playing sport designed to foster health systems education, and to web-based games utilizing metadata to support digital archiving in libraries and cultural institutions.

Aside from working on his two book projects, Joseph worked with the User Experience and Product Research team at The New York Times in 2015, where he became obsessed with what’s happening to print media; he is also licensed real estate salesperson, working with a boutique real estate firm in Upper Manhattan. In coming to the MA in Design Research, Writing & Criticism at SVA, he is seeking to hone his writing skills, and to jumpstart a career at the intersection of design and storytelling. He loves everything about outer space, post-apocalyptic and dystopian genres, magic tricks, and conspiracy theories.

Selected Research & Writing