Hello, I’m Achi

I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I did my Bachelor’s degree in the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in Industrial Design. I’m excited to be back in school making stuff and learning new things. I’m mostly excited to be learning how to code even though I’m a bit intimidated by it. I’m also excited to be using the sewing machine again, I already have some experience using it but it is always fun to incorporate it into my Industrial Design projects.

My portfolio website is Josemartindesigns.com feel free to have a look around!

Here is Xinyue

Xinyue Wu

Hi, I am Xinyue. I am a native of Zhejiang, China. I graduated from Hainan University with a degree in management in 2019, majoring in marketing. I had the opportunity to postgraduate recommendation, but I still want to design and create more in my heart, and I can live a colorful and fresh life every day, so I focused on making my own portfolio a year after graduation and came here.

After being accepted by SVA, I worked as a product designer for a pet company. At that time, I worked with cats and dogs every day and learned to study their behavior. This was my workstation at the time, and cats would come every afternoon. There are also photos of products that I have designed that are already on the market.

My workstation
Galaxy cat climbing frame
Cactus adjustable cat bowl

Now, I have 22 Chinese patents. Among them, my favorite is the design of a tableware storage vase. This is a model I made with 3D printing technology and painted it. I also tried Jewelry Design and took a set of photos with them. This series is called “Awakening”. It can be rotated at the moment of wearing it.

Tableware storage vase

After studying in marketing, I discovered the importance of product design. When you find a need and need to meet it, you must have a product targeted at the target group. In real work practice, I realized that having a good product is not enough, it must have a very clear market positioning, and have a series of marketing methods and money. So in the recent period, I have been thinking about myself as a designer, what my unique position is, what my advantage is, and what I am interested in. I recalled where I spent my time every day and what would make me really happy after doing it. Through mind mapping, I discovered that the things I am interested in mainly revolve around experience, dogs, cats and other animals, meditation, ASMR, dance, music, fragrance, etc. These are all about a unique healing and happy experience.

And for me, some products are mainly focused on functionality, such as driverless cars, a more comprehensive mobile phone, and some products that look better than the original, like different styles of clothes and shoes, if they have me without me, there is actually no difference, and when consumers buy these products, their hearts are only short-lived pleasures. Just as I see the products I have already put on the market, many consumers say they look good, but in fact, I didn’t feel much touched in my heart. Instead, I posted my views on death on a platform. A girl who had just lost her father was comforted in her heart. This touched me very much, I can help others spiritually!

Therefore, based on my own interests and experience, I will focus on some products that can bring people a new experience to find simple happiness in a boring or busy life. How to maximize this experience to more people, I think it depends on the power of the media and products. Now I have discovered that I can combine the creative themes of today’s self-media platforms and have a clearer positioning goal. Around this goal, I can make some physical products and integrate with interactive design, fashion design, device design, and even interior design, which I am interested in too. I don’t want to limit myself to the product.

So SVA PoD is just such a platform full of infinite possibilities because I want to accomplish the above goal. However, my knowledge and ability are far from enough, and I have to learn many things from scratch. In the past, the making of many products mainly relied on the factory’s power. But now I have limited funds, and it isn’t easy to find a manufacturer willing to help you at the beginning of such a new creation. I still have to learn how to make it by myself.

Making studio is such a course! What I am most looking forward to is using the knowledge learned in this course to better achieve the product effect I want to achieve. Of course, I also have my concerns because it takes time for me to adapt to learning in an all-English environment, and I haven’t touched on the circuit board before, so I need to work harder to catch up with my classmates. But I firmly believe that I will learn step by step, just like I didn’t know anything, I dared to give up postgraduate recommendation to study product design.

Hi, I’m Jaemin

Nice to meet you all. I’m Jaemin Cho (pronounced as je-min) from Seoul, S.Korea. I went to Korea University in Industrial/Information design, which is a combination of traditional industrial design and UX like PoD. I have worked as UX designer usually creating wireframes for applications for several years.

I joined PoD to explore the physical, tangible part of the design world. Super excited to be here, especially in the making studio where your imagination and sketches comes to life.

I do not take lots of photos, this is me during the biz trip to Tokyo. Taken by my colleague.

Cathy Tung is here!

Big news!! This is the 20th day I am living in NYC!

As an innovation storyteller with experience in brand communication, user experience, and service design, I collaborate within an interdisciplinary team comprising of researchers, strategists, designers, and front-end and back-end developers. To date, I have done work for Ford, Logitech, Spotify, National Palace Museum, Michelin, TED, etc. With keen observation, I am passionate about exploring human needs and designing for social impact.

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Cheryl Zhang

I was born in Vancouver but grew up in Beijing, China. I completed my undergraduate studies at Parsons School of Design with a major in communication design in spring of 2021. In my prior designs, I focused mostly on branding, editorial design, and typography. Thus, many of my works revolved around food packaging, restaurant rebranding, and book designs. Now I hope to become a multidisciplinary artist and mixed media designer who can transform complex ideas and information into interactive visuals through all mediums. What I am most looking forward to in this course is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the craft of designing and creating things by hand rather than digitally like I have been doing in my undergraduate. 

In my free time, I am always on my hunt for the next popular food or activities in town. I love eating and trying out all different kinds of cuisines. I am also an outdoor person who really enjoys nature, so I would often go hiking with my dogs.

Hey, I’m Corey!

I’m a Los Angeles native and this is my first time living outside of California. Before my time at PoD I worked for The Walt Disney Company as an Interactive Environments Designer for Marvel, an R&D Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, and most recently a Design Director at frog.

Lauren (wife), Gulliver (foster pup), and me (human)

My formal design education is in graphic design from Cal Poly Pomona, but have working experience in Industrial Design, Architecture, and Interaction Design. Ultimately, I LOVE making cool shit, but I’m pursuing my Masters so I can become a professor.

While in PoD I’m planning on conducting design research for human spaceflight and am eventually planning on starting a design for human spaceflight program.

I’m most looking forward to making and prototyping again, but am most apprehensive about anything code based.

Hi, I’m Arshi

I’m originally from the Island of Mauritius. I came to New York for my undergraduate studies and loved it so much here, that I decided to stay and work full time. I have a background in Architectural design. While I enjoyed the initial ambition and rigor that architecture provided, I found myself increasingly unfilfilled as my scope of work was mainly focused in remodeling bathrooms and kitchens. I was craving a creative career where I could realize more ambitious ideas and apply real learnings from human behavior, hence why I am now doing my masters in Products of Design.

I enjoy cooking food from different cultures, hosting dinners for my family and friends so they can also share my love for food. I’m an early bird, and love to wake up before the sun rises. I spend a lot of my time walking or biking around the city and taking photographs. I love making things from scratch in art form from model making to building concrete blocks design.

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Hey! I am Charvi

Hey everyone! I am Charvi from Jaipur, India.

I did my undergrad in Visual Communication and minor in Contemporary Arts from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. I have been working as a freelancer for the past three years. I started off as a graphic designer, worked a bit in social media, moved into art direction/photography and finally started working as a creative consultant for homegrown brands. I enjoy switching across mediums and work of location based projects. You can check out some of my work here.

I love buildings, table settings, cafes, noodles and patches of jungle in the middle of a city, which are sometimes documented and shared on my instagram.

I am super excited about my first snow and being a student again, and scared about everything that comes along with both!