Museum of Design Atlanta Announces Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone

September 23, 2018 — January 20, 2019

ATLANTA — August 31, 2018 — Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) announces its upcoming exhibition Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone curated by John Cary, architect, speaker, and author of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone, opening Sunday, September 23, 2018.

A trailer for the exhibition can be found at this link.

Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone

MODA’s exhibition, Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone, offers people-driven, real-world stories about buildings designed to solve problems at scale.

Central to Design for Good is the idea that everyone deserves good design. Almost nothing influences the quality of our lives more than the design of our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our public spaces. Spaces can enliven. They can excite the soul, fill us with a sense of wonder, and bring us comfort and reprieve. When planned with the ultimate users in mind, spaces become more than bricks and mortar and glass and steel; they become incubators for serving, working, learning, and loving. This is what architecture is all about — providing spaces that empower people to live their best lives.

This exhibition documents projects across the globe that fosters a sense of belonging and dignity. It’s not about designers. It’s about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit. For too long design has been seen as a luxury, the province of the rich, not the poor, who often need it most. That can no longer be acceptable to the design field, nor to those affected by the field, which is to say, absolutely everybody.

“We are honored to work with John Cary to bring Design for Good to Atlanta,” says Laura Flusche, Executive Director of MODA. “The projects he documents in this exhibition clearly demonstrate design’s power to inspire change, transform lives, and make the world a better place — an idea that reflects the mission of MODA .”

Featured Architects and Designers

  • The Cottages at Hickory Crossing in Dallas, TX by [bc] workshop

  • Lakeside Senior Apartments in Oakland, CA by David Baker Architects

  • Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Marina Tabassum Architects

  • Welcome Health Clinic in Fayetteville, AR by Marlon Blackwell Architects

  • Butaro District Hospital in Northern Province, Rwanda; the GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; the Maternity Waiting Village in Malawi by MASS Design Group

  • Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL by the Equal Justice Initiative and MASS Design Group

  • Star Apartments in Los Angeles, CA by Michael Maltzan Architecture

  • St. Jerome’s Centre in Nakuru, Kenya by Orkidstudio

  • Angdong Hospital by Rural Urban Frameworks (RUF) in the Hunan Province of China

  • the Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza, Rwanda by Sharon Davis Design

  • Atlanta BeltLine by Ryan Gravel

  • Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, MI by Studio Gang;

  • MOD Furniture, a brand of Actual Architecture Co. + Min Design.

Exhibition Sponsors

We are grateful to our exhibition sponsors including Interface, the Fulton County Arts Council, Wells Fargo Foundation, Jamestown Charitable Foundation, Ponce City Market, Shaw Contract, and The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ for their support.

About John Cary

John is the author of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone (2017) and The Power of Pro Bono (2010). His writing has appeared in an array of publications as diverse as The New York Times, CNN.com, dwell, and Fast Company. In addition to his TED talk and other speaking, John frequently curates and hosts events for TED, The Aspen Institute, and other entities. A Senior Program Officer of The Audacious Project at TED, he is also a philanthropic advisor to foundations and nonprofits around the world. John is a co-founder of FRESH Speakers, Inc., a next generation speakers bureau, focused on diversifying thought leadership. A native of Milwaukee, Wis., John lives in a co-housing community in Oakland, Calif., with his partner and wife, author Courtney E. Martin, and their two daughters.

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.

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MODA and Portfolio Center Present Design Conversation with Louise Fili: Food, Type, and All Things Italian

MODA and Portfolio Center Present

Design Conversation with Louise Fili: Food, Type, and All Things Italian

 

Post-Lecture VIP Reception with Louise Fili Hosted by MODA and Bella Cucina | Thursday, March 2

Pop-Up Exhibition Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili on Exhibit | March 2-May 7

ATLANTA (February 21, 2017) – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and Portfolio Center are pleased to present a Design Conversation on Thursday, March 2 titled “Food, Type, and All Things Italian,” with graphic designer and founder of Louise Fili Ltd., Louise Fili. In this lecture, Fili will discuss her extensive body of work in graphic design and brand identity, as well as the inspiration she draws from Italy and beyond.

The lecture will be held in the Hill Auditorium of the Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree St.) at 7 p.m. and be followed by a ticketed VIP reception at MODA (1315 Peachtree St.) hosted by MODA and Bella Cucina beginning at 8:30 p.m. Specialty food products by Bella Cucina, for which Louise Fili has designed the brand identity, as well as wines that feature labels she has designed, will be served. Guests at the VIP reception are welcome to explore MODA’s current exhibition Food by Design: Sustaining the Future and a pop-up exhibit, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili, showcasing Fili’s work.

Throughout her career, which began in 1973, Fili has remained loyal to her oft-invoked three passions “all things food, type and Italian.” Her specialties have enabled her to build and evolve that rarest of design values: a distinctive personality that enhances the clients’ needs. A wide range of methods coexist throughout her work, yet they all have the Fili imprimatur. From typographic customization, using history as her guide, to hand lettering rooted in an innate mastery of ornamental form, she is fluent in numerous design languages. She has been master of the book cover, food package and restaurant identity. Yet of all these métiers, the jewel in her crown is logo design. According to acclaimed designer Steven Heller, this exhibition “is a celebration of how a designer’s vision can be personal yet universal, and bring joy to client and consumer.” Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili will be on exhibit March 2 through May 7.

Fili is principal of Louise Fili Ltd, a design firm specializing in food packaging and restaurant identities. Formerly senior designer for Herb Lubalin, Fili served as art director of Pantheon Books from 1978 to 1989, where she designed close to 2,000 book jackets. She has received Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Director’s Club, the Premio Grafico from the Bologna Book Fair, and three James Beard award nominations. Fili has taught and lectured extensively, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale. She is co-author, with Steven Heller, of Italian Art Deco, British Modern, Dutch Moderne, Streamline, French Modern, Deco España, German Modern, Design Connoisseur, Typology, Stylepedia, Euro Deco, Scripts, Shadow Type, Stencil Type and Slab Serif Type. Fili has also written and designed Elegantissima, a best-selling monograph of her work, as well as Grafica della Strada, Graphique de la Rue, The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence and Italianissimo. A member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, she has received the medal for Lifetime Achievement from the AIGA and the Type Directors Club.

Tickets for the Louise Fili Design Conversation (7 – 8:30 p.m.) is $25 ($20 for MODA members and $15 for students.

Tickets for the Louise Fili Design Conversation (7 – 8:30 p.m.) and the VIP reception (8:30 – 10 p.m.) are $70 ($60 for MODA members).

Tickets for the Louise Fili VIP reception only (8:30 – 10 p.m.) is $45 ($40 for MODA members).

All tickets are available at www.museumofdesign.org.

 

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 2017 Exhibition Schedule

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) 2017 Exhibition Schedule

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

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

 Designing a Playful City | May 21 – September 3

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

 

ATLANTA (January 26, 2017) – 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.

Text Me: How We Live in Language, September 16, 2017 – February 2, 2018

Text Me: How We Live in Language 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. Text Me: How We Live in Language 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.

Text Me: How We Live in Language is curated by designer, writer, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters, Debbie 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 Times, New 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: www.museumofdesign.org or call 404-979-6455.

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Museum of Design Atlanta Presents an Exhibition and a Conversation with Acclaimed Designer Ken Carbone

5000 Pages of Beginnings: The Journals of Ken Carbone

January 25 – March 5, 2017

Design Conversation with Carbone, True Obsessions: Art, Music and Design and Why They Matter More Every Day

January 26, 2017

ATLANTA – January 10, 2017 – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is thrilled to announce two events with renowned graphic designer Ken Carbone. From January 25 through March 5, 2017, MODA will exhibit 5000 Pages of Beginnings: The Journals of Ken Carbone, sketchbooks chronicling 25 years of the designer’s life. To kick off this exhibition, MODA will host a Design Conversation with Carbone, True Obsessions: Art, Music and Design and Why They Matter More Every Day, which takes place on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hill Auditorium in the Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street).

Exhibition: 5000 Pages of Beginnings: The Journals of Ken Carbone

While working on the signage for the I.M Pei expansion at the Louvre in the late 1980s Carbone was shown some of Paul Gauguin’s journals and was inspired to start keeping his own.

“Gauguin’s journals contained drawings, personal letters, collages, paintings and were visually spectacular,” says Carbone. “These revealed the artist’s private life and were not meant for public view. That made the experience even more memorable. It was like seeing buried treasure.”

The sketchbooks Carbone has kept during the past 25 years comprise the works of the exhibition and are a chronicle of life, art, the times we live in, a collection of ideas and obsessive experimentation.

“I consider my collection of journals as ‘5000 pages of beginnings,’ nothing finished, nothing too precious,” he explains. “On occasion I'll use these books to sketch out a specific design concept for a client. I like to challenge myself to find a solution to a problem within a single two-page spread to capture the essence of an idea. This constraint is both terrifying and exciting.” 

Design Conversation with Carbone: True Obsessions: Art, Music and Design and Why They Matter More Every Day

The paintings of Picasso, the opening of Beethoven’s 9th and the Apple iPhone are among the greatest creative examples of our species behaving beautifully. Art, music and design are dominant cultural drivers that continue to make important and lasting contributions to civilization. 

In his presentation, Ken Carbone, Co-Founder of the Carbone Smolan Agency, will reveal how he has juggled these personal obsessions for more than five decades to build a rewarding creative career. Including a live guitar performance, he’ll also discuss how art, music and design are becoming more essential in contemporary life as they provide a needed bright spot in an increasingly troubled world.

About Ken Carbone

Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author, teacher, and blogger for Fast Company. He says he can’t spell, can’t type and only learned to swim after he turned 50. He is the Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding firm in New York City. The agency’s client list includes: W Hotels, Canon, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Boston Consulting Group and the Musée du Louvre. Carbone, along with his partner Leslie Smolan, are recipients of the 2014 AIGA Medal for design distinction. The agency’s work is widely published and is recognized for excellence worldwide.

When he is not doing all of the above he enjoys playing the guitar very loudly.

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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