Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) Announces 2017 Exhibition Schedule

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is pleased to announce its 2017 exhibition schedule, which includes an exploration of the intersections between design and the food system that feeds us, the daily sketches made by a gold-medal winning graphic designer and the power of text as a design element across a wide range of media. The exhibitions are an expression of MODA’s mission to advance the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality and of its belief that design is a creative force that inspires change, transforms lives and makes the world a better place.

Food by Design: Sustaining the Future
January 25 – May 7, 2017

The U.S. food system needs to redesigned and revolutionized to make it more healthful, sustainable, equitable and efficient. But, the system is so vast and multifaceted that no single person, company, or organization will be able to effect change from farm to fork. Food by Design: Sustaining the Future examines the wide variety of ways that designers, scientists, policy makers, engineers, farmers, grocers, innovators, foodies, and health care professionals are meeting this challenge by designing, prototyping and testing ways to farm more efficiently, to increase food security, to minimize food transport, to decrease food waste and to provide us with information to make better decisions about what we buy and what we eat.

5000 Pages of Beginnings: The Journals of Ken Carbone
January 25 – February 26, 2017

While working on the signage for the I.M Pei expansion at the Louvre in the late 1980s renowned graphic designer Ken Carbone was shown some of Paul Gauguin’s journals and was inspired to start keeping his own. The sketchbooks Carbone has kept during the past 25 years comprise the works of the exhibition and are a chronicle of life, art and the times we live in. They are a collection of ideas and obsessive experimentation. 5000 Pages of Beginnings: The Journals of Ken Carbone will be on exhibit in MODA’s lobby and Carbone will speak to the public in a sold-out Design Conversations on Thursday, January 26.

Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author, teacher and blogger for Fast Company. He is also the Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding firm in New York City.

Designing a Playful City
May 21 – September 3

Designing a Playful City makes the claim that if Atlanta is going to be a great city in which to live, designing great spaces for children and adults to play must become a priority. The lively exhibition takes visitors through an engaging and often interactive setting that clearly lays out the important role of play in maintaining health for children and adults. It encourages visitors to see play’s influence in their own lives. The exhibit presents a strong case for designing more and more urban play environments as cities become more densely populated. Through interactive installations, experiences and graphics, visitors learn about successful play spaces around the world and what role design has had in their success. Central to the exhibit is bringing this design information home to Atlanta communities. Designing a Playful City considers design for the sake of a greater tomorrow, and looks at what children and adults — the “end users” — want from play spaces and how we might design to meet those needs in Atlanta and beyond.

Designing a Playful City is curated by Cynthia Gentry, founding director of PlayAtlanta and member of the Board of Directors of the International Play Association. 

Illicit Liaison: Graphic Art
September 16, 2017 – February 2, 2018

Illicit Liaison: Graphic Art showcases the many ways in which text influences art, design, literature, music and all forms of visual communication in culture today. This exhibition casts light on the ways that text in all of its visual forms impacts our world today. From social media to tattoos to way-finding signage to fine art, fast moving consumer goods, clothing, household goods and decoration, bold typographic expression has become the cultural currency of communication and the centerpiece of connection.Illicit Liaison offers an interactive, immersive experience, resulting in a transformative and inspiring experience showcasing how typography and visual expression can change a mood, a culture and the world. Organized into four areas: paper, marks, goods and environments, the exhibition features a variety of artists and designers whose work has been significant in the graphic arts discipline.

Illicit Liaison is curated by designer, writer, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design MattersDebbie Millman. In the 12 years since its inception, Millman’s Design Matters, has garnered more than a million download per year and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Millman’s written and visual essays have appeared in publications including The New York TimesNew York, Print and Fast Company as well as Design Observer. She has designed campaign buttons for Hillary Clinton, greeting cards for Mohawk, notebooks for Shutterstock and Baron Fig and many other notable products. She is the author of six books, and in 2009 Millman co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She was president of the design group at Sterling Brands for 20 years, where she worked with more than 200 of the world’s largest brands, such as Burger King, Star Wars and the No More movement. She is President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position.

About Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

MODA believes that design is a creative process that can solve problems, transform lives, and make the world a better place. The museum’s exhibitions and programs exemplify this belief. Located within the Midtown Arts Corridor since 2011, MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design.  MODA advances the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education and programming for visitors of all ages. MODA’s vision is of a world that celebrates design as a creative force that inspires change, transforms lives and makes the world a better place. MODA regularly features exhibitions of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion, and more.  The museum also offers an extensive range of adult programs, as well as educational programs and camps for children. For more information, visit: or call 404-979-6455.

Museum Hours at 1315 Peachtree Street are:
Monday           Closed
Tuesday          Noon-6 p.m.
Wednesday     Noon-6 p.m.
Thursday         Noon-8 p.m.
Friday              Noon-6 p.m.
Saturday         10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday            Noon-6 p.m.

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