Food by Design: Sustaining the Future

January 21, 2017 – May 7, 2017 

ATLANTA – November 8, 2016 – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) tastefully announces the upcoming exhibition Food by Design: Sustaining the Future.

 Designing the Future of Food | January 21, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Our current conventional food systems — including farming, food production, presentation, delivery and disposal — were shaped by the advent of industrialized agriculture, increases in consumer wealth and mobility and the rise of robust global trade mechanisms after World War II.

Today, a growing number of designers, scientists, policy makers, engineers, farmers, grocers, innovators, foodies and health care professionals argue that our industrial, global food system is not ecologically, socially or economically sustainable. These industry innovators are actively working to address the redesign our food system in order to address environmental, health, and equity challenges. Creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and efficient systems to produce enough healthy food for the world presents a wide variety of design challenges.

Curated by MODA, Food by Design: Sustaining the Future will survey a wide range of the innovative ideas being prototyped, tested and implemented in the effort to provide delicious, nutritious food to all. It will highlight work being done in Atlanta and beyond and will engage with the city’s rich foodie culture, looking at cutting-edge developments in food production and asking:

  • How the farm of the future operates?

  • How worldwide food distribution can be made more equitable?

  • How we might design systems that induce consumers to privilege healthy food choices, and other important questions.

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: www.museumofdesign.org or call 404-979-6455.

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MODA Presents: Twitter’s New Global Group Creative Director for Design Conversation

Thursday, October 27

ATLANTA – October 20, 2016 – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) welcomes Jayanta Jenkins, Twitter’s newly appointed global group creative director for an engaging Design Conversation on Thursday, October 27. A graduate of Atlanta's Portfolio Center, Jenkins believes that iconic brands have a tendency to inform culture rather than mirror it. And he should know.

In order to oversee Twitter's creative team, Jenkins left his position as global director of advertising at Apple/Beats by Dr. Dre. He has also led the creation of culture-changing work at other world-class agencies and brands, including TBWA\Chiat\Day, Wieden + Kennedy, Gatorade, and Nike. See Jenkins’ Apple/Beats by Dr. Dre 2015 video featuring Serena Williams here.

WHAT: Design Conversation: Twitter’s Jayanta Jenkins on Inspiration

WHEN: Thursday, October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. 

WHERE: Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center: 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309

TICKETS: $12 nonmembers // $10 educators, seniors, military, MODA members and AIGA members //$8 for students  

This event is jointly sponsored by MODA and Portfolio Center.

About Portfolio Center:

Housed in a 1940's factory building at the end of Bennett Street in Atlanta, Portfolio Center is a highly renowned school with an enormous heart and a sweet spot for branding, innovation, strategy, communications and storytelling. During a two-year program, PC students create and conceive the impossible every day, whatever their design discipline.

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: www.museumofdesign.org or call 404-979-6455.

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Museum of Design Atlanta Designs for Social Change with Beyoncé’s Lemonade

“The Lemonade Project” Yearlong Series
of Conversations Kicks Off October 28 

ATLANTA – October 17, 2016 – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is thrilled to announce “The Lemonade Project,” a 12-month series of conversations centered around Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. The series will explore the themes or race, gender and class addressed by the album. Each month between October 2016 and September 2017, MODA will hold conversations in which participants will be invited to consider reactions to readings, films and music as well as to share personal experiences. “The Lemonade Project” is free to attend because designing for social justice, both personal and communal, is for everyone, but participants must register in advance.

Session 1 – October 28, 2016, 7-9 p.m.

Get in Formation: “The Lemonade Project” Screening Kickoff

Session 2 – November 16, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.

Birthing Ourselves:  Identity/Formation/Memory/History

Session 3 – December 14, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.

You Gat a Right to be Mad: Self-Care and Womanhood

Lemonade, the sixth studio album by singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles Carter, was released in mid-2016 and accompanied by a one-hour film that premiered on HBO. Described by journalist Sydney Gore as Beyoncé’s “love letter to black women,” Lemonade is a visual album that is purposefully designed. Announced amidst the highly publicized Black Lives Matter movement, in which the names of black female victims fail to receive the notoriety of their male counterparts, Lemonade centers black women in its narrative.

Inspired by the release of this album, writer and educator Candice Marie Benbow, along with other colleagues, launched the Lemonade Syllabus, a compilation of more than 200 resources that specifically speak to black women and are meant to aid in unpacking the black feminist and womanist themes that are prevalent in Lemonade. The collection of works in the syllabus includes fiction and non-fiction works, films, documentaries, music, poetry, photography and more. In activating the syllabus through “The Lemonade Project,” MODA is excited to facilitate conversations that center the black female voice in the narrative of metro Atlanta, while promoting social justice and activism within our own local communities.

“The Lemonade Project” organizers at MODA are Blair Banks and Aretina Hamilton. Banks serves as education coordinator and manager of Design Club at MODA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Race and Ethnicity Studies from Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C. and completed two senior projects exploring the commodification of the black body in the late 19th and early 20th century, as well as the racialization of Black Seminoles in the South. Hamilton is a Cultural Geographer whose research intersects with Race, Gender, and Sexuality. She is PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky, and holds a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the same university. In addition to teaching, she has presented research at several academic conferences, which have focused on Beyoncé’s work as a discourse on black feminism.

 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: www.museumofdesign.org or call 404-979-6455.

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MODA Announces Exhibition Extension and Upcoming Schedule

Beautiful Users: Designing for People and On You: Wearing Technology

EXTENDED! Through January 8, 2017

Food by Design: Sustaining the Future

January 21, 2017 – May 7, 2017

ATLANTA – October 10, 2016 – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition schedule including an extension of the concurrent Beautiful Users: Designing for People and On You: Wearing Technology.   

Beautiful Users: Designing for People

Through January 8, 2017

Held over by popular demand, Beautiful Users: Designing for People features nearly 100 objects that illustrate the evolution of “user-centered design”—from the mid–20th-century work of Henry Dreyfuss (who coined the phrase “designing for people”) to the complex systems and services that today’s designers are developing. Objects in the exhibition include examples of the human-scale measurement system, which aids in design for children, the elderly, the differently-abled and people of diverse height; objects designed for comfort and function, ranging from Dreyfuss’ Princess telephone to Amos Winter’s Leveraged Freedom wheelchair and Diller Scofidio and Renfro’s Roomba Cam, which repurposes the household gadget for surveillance purposes. Beautiful Users: Designing for People was organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council and by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

 

On You: Wearing Technology

Through January 8, 2017

Also extended by popular demand, On You: Wearing Technology recognizes the recent growth in the area of wearable devices despite the fact that the basic technology has existed for decades. Using consumer, professional, and “maker” creations, On You: Wearing Technology demonstrates four challenges along the road to making a consumer wearable computer: power and heat, networking, mobile input, and displays. This exhibition was developed in collaboration with various Georgia Institute of Technology entities, including the School of Industrial Designthe Institute for People and Technologythe Wearable Computing Center, and GVU Center. On You: Wearing Technology is sponsored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the Fulton County Arts Council, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and Footsmart.

Exhibition Credits: Clint Zeagler – Curator / Designer; Thad Starner – Curator; Kevin Shankwiler – Designer; Yoni Kaplan – Designer; Tavenner M. Hall – Images.

 

Food by Design: Sustaining the Future

January 21, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Feeding ourselves engages a massive infrastructure, advanced technologies, and dynamic systems that touch on just about every aspect of the world we live in. Creating sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and efficient systems to produce enough healthy food for the world presents a wide variety of design challenges. Curated by MODA, this exhibition will look at cutting-edge developments in food production asking:

·   How the farm of the future operates?

·   How worldwide food distribution can be made more equitable?

·  How we might design systems that induce consumers to privilege healthy food choices, and other important questions?

Food by Design: Sustaining the Future will highlight work being done in Atlanta and beyond and will engage with the city’s rich foodie culture.

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Museum of Design Atlanta Announces FREE Membership Program for Kids

MODA’s Groundbreaking Design Club Provides Free Admission for Kids

ATLANTA – August 15, 2016 – The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) knows that the next generation will be charged with solving some of the world’s biggest problems. In order to help tomorrow’s designers become problem solvers today, MODA has announced its groundbreaking free membership program for kids ages 0 to 17. Kids who join Design Club will be joining a network of over 1,500 young designers, most of whom are in the metro-Atlanta area, but some of whom live as far away as Chicago and Rome, Italy!

MODA’s Design Club offers each member and one accompanying adult unlimited free admission to the museum’s exhibitions, newsletters with unique design challenges, and invitations to Design Club activities that empower youth to use design and design thinking to face real world challenges they encounter in everyday life. To make it official, Design Club members also receive personalized membership cards to use at the front desk.

“We believe that kids can change the world,” said MODA executive director Laura Flusche. “They see the world through fresh eyes, they love wacky ideas, and they are brave enough to think that anything is possible.” Design Club gives children access to exhibitions and programs with the aim of helping them fall in love with the problem-solving power of design.

In order to support this revolutionary program, MODA raised funds through the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Power2Give Program in early 2016, asking individual and corporate donors to make gifts that were matched by the City of Atlanta. And, in May, MODA joined forces with HOW Design Live to raise funds at their annual conference which was held in Atlanta this year. At MODA’s How Design Live booth – marked by colorful towers that are part of the playful Design Club brand created by Atlanta firms Primal Screen and Son & Sons – designers from across the globe made donations in support of Design Club and were invited to participate in the “LEGO Selfie Challenge” by building representations of themselves using only the iconic, colorful blocks as their medium. Participants included some of the design world’s superstars, like Steff Geissbuhler, Ken Carbone, Brian Singer, and Chip Kidd  The Atlanta design community also backed the effort, using MODA’s rally cry, “We Want More Design, Atlanta,” to encourage peers from across the world to support this important initiative.

Youth can sign up to become Design Club members by visiting MODA. Registration is only available in person, but more information can be found at http://www.museumofdesign.org/design-club.

How Design Live LEGO Selfie Highlights: