Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili

March 2 - May 7, 2017

Louise Fili has been a graphic designer since 1973. From a fortunate early job with Herb Lubalin (1976–78) to art directorship of Pantheon Books (1978–89) to opening Louise Fili Ltd in 1989, she has mastered an art based on the reinterpretation and invention of exquisite type and typography. Throughout her career she has remained loyal to her oft-invoked three passions “all things food, type and Italian.” 

This exhibition is a celebration of how a designer’s vision can be personal yet universal, and bring joy to client and consumer.  —Steven Heller

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Designing a Playful City

May 21 - September 3, 2017

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"Play is a fundamental part of life; it is a biological, social, cognitive necessity for individual children, but also has benefits for society and the human species.” - Declaration on the Importance of Play (2014)

If Atlanta is to be a great city in which to live, designing great places for children to play must become a top priority. MODA’s upcoming exhibition, Designing a Playful City, will explore design for play in this fascinating exhibition.

The exhibition will be curated by Cynthia Gentry, Founding Director of PlayAtlanta and member of the Board of Directors of the International Play Association. 

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Illicit Liaison: Graphic Art

September 16, 2017 - February 2, 2018

Timothy Goodman, Memories of a Girl I Never Knew

Timothy Goodman, Memories of a Girl I Never Knew

Language is one species of the genus sign and Pictorial representations are another species of the same genus. These two species can be wedded to one another.They can be wedded either politely and conformably (as when an illustration is wedded to a text or a caption to a drawing) or they can start an illicit liaison, so intimately integrated that one doesn’t know any more who is the bride and who is the bridegroom. --Bertrand Russell, An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth, 1940

Illicit Liaison: Graphic Art showcases the many ways in which text influences art, design, literature, music and all forms of visual communication in culture today. Click here to learn more.

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The exhibition will be curated by Debbie Millman, designer, writer, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters