Design Conversation


At Design Conversation, we welcome a guest speaker every month and give you a chance to learn from design professionals and practitioners.

Just purchase a regular admission ticket and join the conversation!  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, and $5 for students and children over 5. Members are free.  Become a member today by clicking here.


Parks IP Law: Know  What You’re Worth: How to Protect the Intellectual Property Rights in Your Designs”

Wednesday June 11, 2014 6-8 pm

Pick the brains of some of the intellectual property attorneys from local boutique firm Parks IP Law. Attorneys Keely HerrickCollen Beard, Anne Yates, and Mickki Murray will discuss the differences between trademark, copyright, patent, and design patent protections. Learn some key questions to ask as you evaluate different aspects of your work.  We will also discuss how intellectual property protection may be useful in advancing design for social impact.  

Parks IP Law is an intellectual property boutique firm located in Midtown Atlanta that focuses exclusively on securing and protecting clients’ intellectual property assets. They are skilled and experienced in securing patents and trademarks, as well as in counseling, portfolio development and licensing.Lecture begins at 6:30.Please register in advance by clicking here.



Dr. Nicholas Giovinco on 3D Printing & Its Uses in Medicine

Thursday July 10, 2014 6-8 pm

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, and additive manufacturing are all popular terms to describe the overnight success of this fascinating field of production which is nearly a quarter of a century old.  Although the possibilities are endless, this lecture describes several vignettes of how its used at in Medical and Surgical Research.  As 3D printing becomes more sophisticated, it is likely to do more than provide more, cheaper things in the world, but rather an entirely new world altogether.

Dr. Nicholas A. Giovinco, DPM is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University Medical Center, in Tucson, AZ.  He has completed a foot and ankle surgical residency at Dekalb Medical, in Decatur, GA., and is a faculty member of the Podiatry Institute.  He has published in areas of the foot and ankle literature for reconstruction, sports medicine, trauma, technology, as well as wound healing.  His research endeavors include 3D printing and eye-tracking, as well a number of other collaborations within the Makerspace community (namely Freeside Atlanta’s Premier Hackerspace.)  Dr. Giovinco is also the founder of a video podcast for Medical education that can be viewed by clicking here

Lecture begins at 6:30 and is approx 35-40 min long. Q+ A will follow. 

Please purchase tickets in advance by clicking here.

John Bielenberg on Design for Social Good

Wednesday July 16, 2014 7-8:30 pm

Designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, John Bielenberg will talk about his innovative investigations into the practice of rapid ingenuity and the red-hot design for good movement. 

Mr. Bielenberg has won more than 250 design awards in his career, including the 2013 AIGA Gold Medal for leadership in the “design for good” movement.  In 2009, John was awarded the Washington University Skandalaris Award for Design Entrepreneurship and went on to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. And, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which acquired six of his design projects, staged a solo exhibition of his work in 2000. John teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

In 2003, John created Project M, an immersive program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work—especially their wrongest thinking—can have significant impact on communities. Project M has developed projects in Alabama, Baltimore, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Detroit, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Kansas, Maine, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Oklahoma.  John collaborated with Alex and Ana Bogusky, and Rob Schuham in 2010 to form COMMON, and, most recently, John has partnered with long-time collaborator Greg Galle to launch a new firm called FUTURE that helps organizations unlock ingenuity to solve their greatest challenges.

This event will be held at the Hill Auditorium at the Woodruff Arts Center.  Tickets must be purchased in advance through MODA by clicking here.  Cost is $10 for MODA members, $15 for non-Members.

Madhousers, Inc. Talk About Their Work

Tuesday July 22, 2014 6-8 pm

Tracy Woodard and Nick Hess from Madhousers, Inc. will talk about modular shelter as a stepping stone between living on the streets and getting back into a stable home environment.

Mad Housers, Inc. is a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia and engaged in charitable work, research and education. The Mad Housers are perhaps best known for a hands-on, pragmatic approach to providing shelter to homeless people, in particular through the design, construction and provision of small (6′x8′x10′). These shelters, though not meant as permanent housing, provide “privacy, security, protection from the elements, and stability,” all of which the organization believes are vital to helping people escape homelessness.

Lecture begins at 6:30 and is approx 35-40 min long. Q+ A will follow. Please register in advance by clicking here.