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

Vicky Teinaki – SVA MA Design Research

Vicky is a designer and writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. She is currently a senior interaction designer for the UK government, and previously worked in design agencies in both New Zealand and the UK.

Vicky can trace her interest in design and language to childhood. While at school, she earned some of her pocket money by winning both colouring competitions and essay competitions. She later explored this intersection academically: completing a Master of Design informed by phenomenology at Unitec New Zealand, and then pursuing doctoral studies on the language of touch at Northumbria University. She also led on design writing for practitioners, co-editing the interaction design magazine Johnny Holland from 2009-2012. 

Her current writing is informed by her government work, which has ranged from inheritance tax to disability grants. Her articles have been featured on GOV.UK‘s ‘Services in Government’ and other design blogs.