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Design Conversation with Ken Carbone - True Obsessions : Art, Music and Design and Why They Matter More Everyday (SOLD OUT)

Photo by John Madere

Photo by John Madere


MODA and Portfolio Center present Design Conversation with Ken Carbone - True Obsessions : Art, Music and Design and Why They Matter More Everyday

The paintings of Picasso, the opening of Beethoven’s 9th, 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 over 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 fifty. He’s never won an Oscar, never watched the Simpson’s and secretly loves opera.

He is the Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding firm in New York City. Their 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 loud.

Get Tickets for this Design Conversation

This Design Conversation will be held at the Hill Auditorium in the Woodruff Arts Center. Tickets are $15 / $10 for MODA members / $8 for students.


In 2017, MODA and Portfolio Center have partnered to bring 12 of the nation's most accomplished designers to Atlanta to talk about their work, current issues in the design field, and how design can make the world a better place.

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