Museum of Design Atlanta
MOST MUSEUMS PRESERVE AND ORGANIZE THE PAST.
MODA, however, has an eye on what’s happening next. There is no permanent collection, and instead, the museum organizes three cutting-edge exhibitions each year that show how design is impacting the world. With MODA’s blend of forward-thinking, interactive exhibits and community programming that enriches the visit, they’re reinventing what a modern museum can be.
On one visit, I noticed how much writing had gone into the exhibition. Turns out several staff members wore the writer’s hat — one of many they juggle as a nonprofit. Wanting to support their work and design in my corner of the world, I introduced myself to Laura Flusche, MODA’s director, and said, “I have a skill your museum might need. If you do, it’s yours.” A month later, I was working with MODA to bring exhibitions to life.
FOOD BY DESIGN: SUSTAINING THE FUTURE
This exhibition looks at ways designers, gardeners, scientists, policy makers, engineers, farmers, foodies, and physicians are growing healthy food, moving it sustainably from farms to forks, and educating people about what they eat.
When writing descriptions, I wanted to make it easy for someone to understand an individual piece, and then understand it in the context of the exhibition. My favorite writing pieces are AeroFarms, which explains complex science in a simple way, IDEO’s school lunch, which tells a story progressively, and Critter Bitters, because, you know, booze and bugs.
Executive Director: Laura Flusche
Associate Director: Clare Timmerman
Director of Development: Aimee Chan-Lindquist
Curator of Connectivity: Maria Cramer
Exhibitions Manager: Janelle Miniter
Education Coordinator: Blair Banks
Development Associate: Nia Mosby
3D-Printing Educator: Neil Miller
Design Thinking and Innovation Educator: Brigid Drozda
Photographer: Wendell Weithers