Design for Non-Designers: Color Theory Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Color Theory Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This September, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Color Theory Workshop, the second in her Design for Non Designers workshop series. Most people have a good eye for color, but have a hard time picking their own palettes. We’ll learn the basics of how to choose colors that work well together, and how a tint or a shade works. We’ll build on this knowledge by learning about CMYK and RGB color spaces: what they are and why you need to know the difference whether you’re a designer or not. Lastly, we’ll delve into the wonderful world of HEX colors and codes. 

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Members-Only: Field Trip to the Alliance Theater
Sep
21
2:30 PM14:30

Members-Only: Field Trip to the Alliance Theater

  • Alliance Theater in the Woodruff Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join MODA for our upcoming members-only field trip to visit the newly renovated Alliance Theatre! You'll learn about set and production design, as well as the design and architecture of the theater itself, which just underwent a $35 million renovation. We will attend a matinee performance of the world premiere musical BECOMING NANCY, attend a talk with the cast, and receive a backstage tour of the Coca-Cola Stage with Alliance Theatre Production Director Trevor Long.

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3D Printing 101: Planters
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

3D Printing 101: Planters

Back by popular demand! Learn the basics of 3D modeling by making a 3D planter. In this workshop you’ll get to create a unique planter design of your own to get 3D printed. Come with a few ideas and we’ll show you how to make your design a reality. Whether you’re a wiz-kid on the computer or haven’t so much as opened a spreadsheet in eons, we will walk you through the basics of a browser-based 3D modeling program called Tinkercad. You’ll learn all you’ll need to know to design your planter and have it printed. 

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Design for Non-Designers: Type Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Type Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This October, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Type Workshop, the third in her Design for Non-Designers workshop series. Let’s talk type. Is it a font or a typeface? What’s that little dangly bit at the bottom of a g? Type anatomy is complex and very niche, but we’ll learn some of the basics that will help you communicate. You’ll find out what kerning is and finally understand a treasure trove of designer jokes, and understand how it’s different from tracking and leading. Most importantly, we’ll learn about font licensing. Did you know you might need to buy a license for your brand fonts? We’ll show you how.

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Ladies, Wine, & Design: Beyond Design
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Ladies, Wine, & Design: Beyond Design

How do you stay creative outside of your day job? Where do you get inspiration from? Is there a happy place for design in Atlanta? Join us at MODA Museum for a private guided tour of their fall exhibition. Laura Flusche, MODA's Executive Director, will show us around and unveil some behind the scenes insights about the only museum in the Southeast dedicated exclusively to the study and celebration of design.

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Make something: 3D printing 101: Jewelry - PENDANTS (Ages 12-16)
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Make something: 3D printing 101: Jewelry - PENDANTS (Ages 12-16)

Learn the basics of 3D modeling by making some 3D jewelry. In this workshop students will get to create a unique design for a pendant to get 3D printed. Come with a few ideas and we’ll show you how to make your design a reality. We will walk you through the basics of a beginner-friendly, browser-based 3D modeling program called Tinkercad. You’ll learn all you’ll need to know to design your pendant and have it printed. 

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Design for Non-Designers: Images Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Images Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This November, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Images Workshop, the fourth in her Design for Non-Designers workshop series. JPG, SVG, LOL? What’s the difference between an EPS and a PNG, and why do you need both for your brand? We’ll learn about raster and vector images, when to use them, and how they work on a pixel level. We’ll talk about image resolution and why can’t you blow up a thumbnail into a billboard. We’ll even talk about converting file types efficiently, not just changing the filename.

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Change the world: Urban Wildlife Homes (Ages 8-12)
Dec
22
10:00 AM10:00

Change the world: Urban Wildlife Homes (Ages 8-12)

Is Atlanta a habitat even though it is a city? Absolutely! In this workshop, students will learn about urban habitats and the animals which live in them. They will look at the effects of urbanization of natural habitats, how designers plan and renovate spaces to include wildlife within the built environment. Students will learn about threatened and endangered ecosystems in Georgia and the challenges facing the organisms that make them up, then they will design wildlife habitats/microhabitats for their own homes and communities. 

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Design for Non-Designers: Programs Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Programs Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This January, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Programs Workshop, the fifth in her Design for Non-Designers workshop series. We all know that the Adobe programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and other design tools can be daunting and expensive. In this class, we’ll help you pick the program that’s right for you. It’s not a tutorial about how to use these programs, instead you’ll learn the differences between them. Then you can pick the one (or two) that you’ll need. Plus, we’ve got tips and (actually affordable) tools for photo editing and basic design. We’re big fans of freebies.

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Design for Non-Designers: Web Design Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Web Design Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This February, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Web Design Workshop, the sixth in her Design for Non-Designers workshop series. After this class, you’ll be ready to ask a developer for help. We’ll cover digital design basics: the difference between domains and hosting, what a registrar is, and some common error notifications. We’ll spend a lot of time going over the various DIY web platforms (like Wix and Squarespace) you can use when starting your business. You’ll learn the basic building blocks of a website, how it works, and some very basic UX principles to keep your site accessible and user-friendly. Don’t worry, no coding skills needed.

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Design for Non-Designers: Brand Design Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Brand Design Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This March, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Brand Design Workshop, the seventh and final in her Design for Non-Designers workshop series. This class brings it all together. Using colors, typography, photography, and storytelling to create one well-rounded brand. You know brand buzzwords — voice, reputation, commitment, narrative. But how does that translate to the real, daily workings of your business? This class brings it all together with topics like: how to build your brand’s look and voice, how to implement it consistently over time, how to create and follow brand guidelines. We’ll also dig into why it matters. 

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Design Club Day: Design and Make a Chordophone
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Design Club Day: Design and Make a Chordophone

The second Sunday of every month is Design Club Day at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Before Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars exhibit comes down join us on Sunday, September 14th to make your own chordophone - which is an instrument where the sound is produced by the vibration of string or strings that are stretched between fixed points. Guitars are of course chordophones! 

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3D printing 101: Jewelry
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

3D printing 101: Jewelry

Learn the basics of 3D modeling by making some 3D jewelry. In this workshop you’ll get to create a unique design for a pendant or a pair of earrings to get 3D printed. Come with a few ideas and we’ll show you how to make your design a reality. We will walk you through the basics of a beginner-friendly, browser-based 3D modeling program called Tinkercad. You’ll learn all you’ll need to know to design your jewelry creation and have it printed.

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Design for Non-Designers: Design Basics Workshop with Sarah Lawrence
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Design for Non-Designers: Design Basics Workshop with Sarah Lawrence

This August, join graphic designer Sarah Lawrence at MODA for her Design Basics Workshop, the first in her Design for Non Designers workshop series. Dive into how design works and how it can work for you. How is it different from fine art? What does it look like in different mediums? We’ll learn some of the principles of hierarchy and repetition, but also chat about grid compositions and source files. We’ll also talk about hiring someone for photography and design projects. This class will give you the tools to communicate your needs, provide feedback that keeps everyone on the same page, and pull inspiration that doesn’t plagiarize — so your new project’s strong and stable.

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Design Club Day: Sonic Playground
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Design Club Day: Sonic Playground

The second Sunday of every month is Design Club Day at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Join us on Sunday, August 11th for a noisy design club day  inspired by our latest exhibit - Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars.  We will be exploring some of the many ways we make noise and instruments.  Explore the materials and sonic elements that make up amplified music with the hands on sonic playground. Design and create your own simple sound maker and test it out on our stage. 

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Adam J. Kurtz Reading & Booksigning
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Adam J. Kurtz Reading & Booksigning

Join us for an evening with artist and author Adam J. Kurtz, who will read from Things Are What You Make of Them, his uplifting and no-nonsense collection of life advice for creatives, from professionals to hobbyists. Tackling the emotional realities of creative entrepreneurship with humor and heart, this evening will leave you feeling encouraged and excited to get back to doing your thing, whatever it is. Come together, laugh at your fear, and meet like-minded artists and makers from Atlanta and beyond.

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campMODA - Engineering Lab: Design-Build Challenges with LEGOs
Jul
22
to Jul 26

campMODA - Engineering Lab: Design-Build Challenges with LEGOs

Camp at MODA for Rising 2nd-4th Graders

Say goodbye to the instruction manual and hello to learning by making. In this camp, young designers will explore how simple machines make simple work. From levers to wheels, each camper will prototype their own simple machines using LEGOs and other construction materials.


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SOLD OUT! — campMODA: Minecraft Green City: Urban Sustainability
Jul
22
to Jul 26

SOLD OUT! — campMODA: Minecraft Green City: Urban Sustainability

  • Georgia Tech College of Design (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Camp at Georgia Tech College of Design for Rising 5th-9th Graders

In this camp, Minecrafters will investigate the most innovative practices in architecture and urban sustainability. Then, building in MODA’s Minecraft servers, campers will collaborate to create an environmentally-friendly city mindful of future generations’ quality of life.


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