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

Elizabeth Spiers – SVA MA Design Research

Elizabeth Spiers is a media launch consultant, entrepreneur, and writer. She is acting editorial director for Flavorpill Productions and until Fall of 2012 was the editor-in-chief of The New York Observer and editorial director of Observer Media Group. She is an advisor to HalogenNetwork and Carlos Watson’s, among others, and has launched fourteen commercial sites, including,,,, and several blogs for She was also the founding editor of, Gawker Media’s flagship property. As a writer, she is a contributor at Fortune and has also written for New York Magazine, Fast Company, Slate, The New Republic Online, Salon, The New York Times, The New York Sun, and The New York Post. She has spoken at various media and technology conferences and been a guest commentator on CNN, Fox News, CBS Marketwatch, MSNBC, VH1, and NPR.