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:

MODA Presents: August Design Conversations

Museum of Design Atlanta Presents August Design Conversations

in Partnership with Portfolio Center

Atlanta (July 20, 2016) – This August, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and the Portfolio Center are partnering to present two extraordinary lectures featuring Ellen Lupton, a renowned graphic designer, author and curator of MODA’s current exhibition, Beautiful Users: Designing for People, and Debbie Millman, designer, author, educator, brand strategist and host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters.

Both lectures take place at the Hill Auditorium at Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street. Tickets are now available at www.museumofdesign.org.

 The August lectures include:

Ellen Lupton: Beauty, Sensation, and User Experience

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

VIP Packages available. Information below.

General admission: $20 / MODA Members $15 / Students $10

MODA and Portfolio Center present a Design Conversation with Ellen Lupton. Together with Lupton, the audience will explore the design thinking behind her recent work at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she organized the exhibitions Beautiful Users (currently on exhibit at MODA), Beauty (2016, currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt) and Designing Sensation (opening in 2018). These projects explore design and human experience, examining crucial ways designers engage people’s bodies and emotions.

During this talk, the audience will participate in acts of perception, interpretation and storytelling, considering: How do people interact physically with objects? How do vision and language influence taste and smell? What does a Nina Simone song taste like? What makes the shower scene in Hitchcock’s “Psycho” seem so violent? How does color represent taste and smell? Lupton invites guests to see, hear and touch the world in new ways.

Writer, curator, graphic designer and 2007 AIGA Gold Medal recipient, Ellen Lupton (www.ellenlupton.com) serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA program and director of the Center for Design Thinking at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum since 1992, Lupton has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996) and Letters from the Avant-Garde (1996), just to name a few.  Lupton has published essays and illustrations in The New York Times, and her book Thinking with Type (2004) is used by students, designers and educators worldwide.

Lupton VIP Package
$75 / MODA Members $70

MODA invites guests to join Beautiful Users: Designing for People curator Ellen Lupton for a VIP tour through the exhibition at MODA, a Beautiful Users book signing and priority seating at Lupton's Design Conversation. VIP tickets are limited and include:

  • Ellen Lupton Curator Tour at 2 p.m.
  • Curator’s Tour of Beautiful Users at 2 p.m. on August 2
  • Signed Copy of Beautiful Users
  • Priority Seating for Design Conversation at 7p.m. on August 2
  • Custom MODA Notebook

Debbie Millman: Why We Brand, Why We Buy

Business of Design Lecture Series

Thursday, August 11, 2016 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

VIP Packages available. Information below.

General admission $25 / MODA Members $20 / Students $15

MODA and Portfolio Center welcome Debbie Millman, one of the most influential graphic designers working today. Millman will present a lecture titled “Why We Brand, Why We Buy,” a sociological, scientific and entertaining historical overview on why we brand and buy things. Millman will discuss what makes a brand stand out, considering whether there is some magic that turns a simple script logo for a soda into the international graphic icon that is Coca-Cola, or makes us salivate over the latest product from Apple. This presentation will take a deep dive into the influence branding has on our everyday lives, from branding ourselves and the world around us to the role branding plays in the products we buy and the way we live and will explore the following:

  • The five waves of modern branding – Millman will examine each one, focusing on the brands that defined each period
  • How human evolution and population trends are linked with branding
  • How psychology and behavioral rituals are linked with branding
  • How technology has changed the way we interact with each other and with brands
  • What it takes for modern brands to stand out in a crowded marketplace
  • How branding connects with our most hard-wired, basic instincts

Millman is chief marketing officer for Sterling Brands in New York, where she works with some of the world’s largest brands such as Pepsi, Gillette, Colgate, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, and Campbell Soup Company. She is also the co-founder and chair of the world’s first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, host of the award-winning Design Observer podcast, Design Matters, and an author, teacher, and artist.

Millman VIP Package (women-only event)
$150 / MODA Members $140
MODA invites guests to this women-only event where they will join graphic designer, artist, brand strategist and host of the Design Matters podcast Debbie Millman for lunch and conversation about courage in creative careers. With Millman heading the table, guests will discuss risk taking, learning from failure, the feelings that failure provokes and how we can build risk-taking and courage into professional and personal strategies for growth. VIP tickets are limited and include:

  • Debbie Millman Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. on August 11
  • Debbie Millman book
  • Priority Seating for Business of Design lecture at 7 p.m. on August 11
  • Custom MODA Notebook

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