MODA Presents: On You: Wearing Technology

On You: Wearing Technology An Exhibition

June 26 – October 2, 2016

Atlanta (June 24, 2016) – This summer, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) takes a look at the cutting edge of design with On You: Wearing Technology. Referring to electronic devices that have been incorporated into clothing, “wearables” offer hands-free advantages and bonuses like biofeedback. This exhibition reviews the brief history of the development of wearable technology and considers why these devices have finally become part of daily life. On You: Wearing Technology opens Sunday, June 26 and runs through October 2, 2016.

“Wearable technology and head-mounted displays are in the press daily,” said On You curator Clint Zeagler. “Why now? The basic technology has existed for decades, but only recently have these devices become practical and desirable. This exhibition strives to answer that question by reviewing the challenges along the road to making a consumable wearable computer.”

Using consumer, professional and “maker” creations, On You: Wearing Technology demonstrates four of those challenges: power and heat, networking, mobile input and displays. The exhibition outlines the improvements in technology during the past 20 years that have enabled wearable technology to overcome these challenges and move forward on the path to a consumer wearable computer. From Lennon, the glass prototype wearable computer, to Metria IH1 Vue Patch that downloads the body’s physical data, On You features the earliest and latest in wearables. The exhibition also incudes personal stories from individuals who use and create wearable technology.

The exhibition was developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology Wearable Computing Center (WCC). WCC collaborators across Georgia Tech include the Institute for People and Technology, GVU Center and the School of Industrial Design. Exhibition Credits: Clint Zeagler – Curator / Designer; Thad Starner – Curator; Maria Wong Sala – Designer / Photographer; Nick Bitzis – Designer; Kevin Shankwiler – Designer; Yoni Kaplan – Designer

More information can be found in the exhibits FREE companion e-book Meeting the Challenge: The Path Towards A Consumer Wearable Computer.

On You: Wearing Technology runs concurrently with Beautiful Users. On You received support from Footsmart, the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Fulton County Arts and Culture.

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: Beautiful Users: Designing for People

Beautiful Users: Designing for People

An Exhibition Celebrating User-Centered Design

Organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

June 26 – October 2, 2016

Atlanta (June 24, 2016) – Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) welcomes Beautiful Users, an exhibition that explores the evolution of “user-centered design.” Featuring more than 150 objects that illustrate how designers consider user needs in order to create more functional products Beautiful Users opens Sunday, June 26 and runs through October 2, 2016.

“When designers create, they continually circle back to people, asking how users will engage with their designs,” says MODA Executive Director Laura Flusche, PhD. “This focus on the user is relatively recent in design history, and Beautiful Users looks at how user-centered design evolved during the 20th century. We’re excited to bring this engaging exhibition from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to Atlanta.”

In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss—widely considered the father of industrial design—pioneered a user-centered approach to design that focuses on studying people’s behaviors and attitudes as a key first step in developing successful products. In the intervening years, user-centered design has expanded to undertake the needs of differently abled users and global populations as well as the design of complex systems and services. Beautiful Users explores the changing relationship between designers and users and considers a range of design methodologies and practices, from user research to hacking, open source and the maker culture.

Objects featured in Beautiful Users 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 + Renfro’s Roomba Cam, which repurposes the household gadget for surveillance purposes.

Beautiful Users was organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and runs concurrently with On You: Wearing Technology. Beautiful Users received support from Footsmart, the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Fulton County Arts and Culture.

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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