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DESIGN: The Designer as Author at SVA
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May 4-19, the School of Visual Arts in New York presents "Fresh Crop: Design Entrepreneurs." This eighth annual MFA design department thesis exhibition features socially and environmentally aware products developed by 19 students in the Designer as Author program. Curated by Dorothy Twining Globus, an SVA faculty member and a curator at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the projects "move beyond the traditional role of graphic designer in developing their original concepts to include market research, a brand strategy and a business plan." While some designers "act as designer-entrepreneurs to explore how their ideas can positively influence society," creating, for instance, information and learning tools, others explore a variety of pop-cultural avenues. Seen here and in the PDF is the Phat Kats line of collectible erotic toys by Masood Ahmed. Also in the PDF is the work of two Designer as Author alumni: Jennifer Panepinto's MES