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Design Matters Live! Steven Heller and Debbie Millman

  • Rich Theatre 1280 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 US (map)

MODA, in partnership with Miami Ad School at Portfolio Center, is thrilled to present a special edition of Design Matters Live with Steven Heller and Debbie Millman on Wednesday, January 31 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This Design Conversation is sponsored by WeWork!

Author and art director Steven Heller will take the stage with Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters, the first and longest-running podcast on design and curator of MODA’s current exhibition, Text Me: How We Live in Language to discuss his highly acclaimed body of work.

Design Matters Live with Steven Heller will take place in The Rich Auditorium located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309.

Steven Heller lecture tickets are $25 ($20 for MODA/AIGA Members, $15 for students).

Interested in receiving free Design Conversation tickets? MODA Sustaining Members at the $300/year level and above receive a number of complimentary Design Conversation tickets every year in addition to other great benefits. Click here to choose the level that's right for you.


We are grateful to WeWork for sponsoring this Design Conversation!

About Steven Heller: 
Steven Heller wears many hats (in addition to the New York Yankees): For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times, originally on the OpEd Page and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review.

He is the co-founder and co-chair (with Lita Talarico) of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York, where he lectures on the history of graphic design. Prior to this, he lectured for 14 years on the history of illustration in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual arts. He also was director for ten years of SVA’s Modernism & Eclecticism: A History of American Graphic Design symposiums.

With Seymour Chwast he has directed Push Pin Editions, a packager of visual books, and with his wife Louise Fili he has produced over twenty books and design products for Chronicle Books and other publishers.

For over two decades he has been contributing editor to PRINT, EYE, BASELINE, and I.D. magazines, has had contributed hundreds of articles, critical essays, and columns (including his interview column "Dialogue" in PRINT) to a score of other design and culture journals.

As editor of the AIGA JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC DESIGN he published scores of critical and journalistic writers on design, and currently as editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design, he continues to help build a critical vocabulary for the field.

The author, co-author, and/or editor of over 100 books on design and popular culture, Heller has worked with a score of publishers, including Chronicle Books, Allworth Press, Harry N. Abrams, Phaidon Press, Taschen Press, Abbeville Press, Thames & Hudson, Rockport, Northlight, and more. He is currently completing "Iron Fists: Branding the Totalitarian State" for Phaidon Press, an analysis of how the major dictatorships used graphics to propagate their ideologies.

He has produced or been curator of a number of exhibitions, and is the recipient of the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 1999, the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Special Educators Award in 1996, The Pratt Institute Herschel Levitt Award in 2000, and the Society of Illustrators Richard Gangel Award for Art Direction in 2006.

About Debbie Millman
Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed more than 300 design luminaries and cultural commentators, including Massimo Vignelli, Milton Glaser, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Barbara Kruger, Seth Godin and more. In the 12 years since its inception, the show has garnered over five million downloads per year, a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and iTunes designated it one of the best podcasts of 2015. For more on Millman, visit her website.