Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 - United States



Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

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MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. MODA advances the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages.

MODA was formerly known as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design. In 2003 the MODA Board of Directors, staff and community advisers made the decision to redefine the museum’s mission and direction and the Museum of Design Atlanta was born.


Text Me: How We Live in Language
September 17, 2017 – February 4, 2018
Curated by Debbie Millman

The individual component of language—text—is the prime vehicle used to express the experiences of our existence—from minor moments of daily life to the grand nature of the human condition. Our ancestors as far back as the cave man have been using symbols to document and record experiences.

Today, the visualization of our personal stories is an integral and essential part of nearly every moment of life, and we use text in all of its forms to define reality, emotions and even time itself. We are now living in a world wherein the condition of our visual communication reflects the condition of our culture. Conceived and curated by designer, podcaster, and brand strategist Debbie Millman, this exhibition is an attempt to organize, express, translate and reflect both how we live in language and how language now defines our lives.

Featured designers and artists include:
Marian Bantjes
Jean Michel Basquiat
Alison Bechdel
Margie Butler
Pam Butler
Ken Carbone
Lisa Congdon
Santiago Carrasquilla
Roz Chast
Seymour Chwast
Rodrigo Corral
Lesley Dill
Jane Dorn
Stephen Doyle
Elliott Earls
Oded Ezer
Shepard Fairey
Louise Fili
Neil Gaiman
Milton Glaser
Armin Vit & Bryony Gomez-Palacio
Timothy Goodman
Adrienne Grace
Jessica Hische
Joe Hollier
Jenny Holzer
Oliver Jeffers
Deborah Kass
Chip Kidd
Adam J. Kurtz
Stephanie Brody Lederman
Cary Liebowitz
Elle Luna
Giorgia Lupi
Wendy MacNaughton
Abbott Miller
Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers
Gemma O'Brien
Tony Pinto
Brian Rea
Stefan Sagmeister
Paul Sahre
Paula Scher
Edwin Schlossberg
Christopher Simmons
Brian Singer
Rick Valicenti
James Victore
Emily Weiland
Lawrence Weiner
Sam Winston

More on the curator, Debbie Millman:
Text Me: How We Live in Language is curated by designer, writer, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters, Debbie Millman. In the 12 years since its inception, Millman’s Design Matters, has garnered more than a million download per year and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Millman's written and visual essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, New York, Print and Fast Company as well as Design Observer. She has designed campaign buttons for Hillary Clinton, greeting cards for Mohawk, notebooks for Shutterstock and Baron Fig and many other notable products.She is the author of six books, and in 2009 Millman co-founded with Steven Heller the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She was president of the design group at Sterling Brands for 20 years, where she worked with more than 200 of the world’s largest brands, such as Burger King, Star Wars and the No More movement. She is President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position.

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