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Design & Thinking Documentary

MFA Interaction Design

Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

Design & Thinking Documentary

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In May 2011, a team of four individuals known as the One Time Studio asked themselves a profound question: “Is design thinking a movement that’s here to stay?”  The team began with that simple question and no funding.  They embarked on a year-long journey, successfully raised funding via Kickstarter and collaboratively answered their question with the feature-length documentary, “Design & Thinking”.  The result is an enlightening interpretation of the heretofore vague theory of design thinking.

Documentary Synopsis

How do we fully engage organizations in thinking about the changing landscape of business, culture and society?  Inspired by design thinking, this documentary interviews businessman, designers, scholars, leaders in social change and an assortment of diverse individuals in order to portray what they have in common when facing the ambiguities of the 21st Century.  Come journey with CocaCola industries, a bike shop, and even a PhD student as they explore the profound challenges of design and the influence of design thinking on the course of their lives. For more information see and

Special Guests

Fifteen Taiwanese delegates whose careers span a range of public and private sector activities are coming to New York for the screening of Design & Thinking. (The documentary will be screened with Chinese subtitles.)

The Evening Agenda
Please join us for hors d'oeuvres and drinks, followed by the screening, and then a panel discussion that will explore a spectrum of opinions about design thinking, how it is applied in practice, and its possible futures:

6:00pm—7:00pm  Reception with Hors d'oeuvres and Drinks

7:00pm—7:05pm  Opening Remarks by the Documentary’s Producer

7:05pm—8:20pm  Screening

8:30pm—9:30pm  Panel Discussion


Paul Pangaro, PhD, Faculty, SVA MFA Interaction Design Program; President, General Cybernetics, Inc.


  • Allan Chochinov, Chair, MFA Products of Design Program, SVA; Partner, core77
  • Despina Papadopoulos, Faculty, MFA Design for Social Innovation Program, SVA; Founder, Studio 5050
  • Dan Formosa, PhD, Founding Member of Smart Design
  • Bruce Nussbaum, Professor of Innovation and Design, The New School
  • Cameron Tonkinwise, Associate Professor of Design, CMU; former Associate Dean, Sustainability Program, Parsons
  • Alice Twemlow, Chair, MFA D-Crit Program, SVA
  • Yang Yuhsiu, Producer of Design & Thinking; Executive Manager, Taipei Design Center, U.S.


MFA Interaction Design Department, School of Visual Arts

General Cybernetics, Inc.

Taipei Design Center, US


Have questions about Design & Thinking Documentary? Contact MFA Interaction Design

When & Where

MFA Interaction Design Department
136 W 21st St
New York, NY 10011

Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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MFA Interaction Design

The MFA in Interaction Design program trains students to research, analyze, prototype, and design concepts in their business, social, and cultural contexts. It explores the strategic role of interaction design in shaping everyday life, and intends to increase the relevancy of design to business and to society so designers can make a difference.

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