The Museum of Design Atlanta continues its 2019 Design Conversations series at 7 p.m. April 25 with Diti Katona, founding partner and chief creative officer of the Toronto agency Concrete! This is the third year of conversations at MODA, the only museum in the Southeast devoted to studying and celebrating all things design.
The nine-part series continues through October (an April 4 conversation featured designer Stefan Sagmeister speaking about beauty and the transformative power of design). Each conversation ($15 for nonmembers) is open to designers and anyone interested in how design can inform corporate success. All conversations are at the museum, 1315 Peachtree St. NE, and reservations are suggested.
Katona’s Concrete! does work for such fashion, retail and luxury-good clients as Amazon Prime, IKEA, Lululemon, Sephora, Sirius XM, Thompson Hotels and Umbra. The rest of the schedule is as follows:
MAY 2: Bobby C. Martin and Jennifer Kinon, cofounders of Original Champions of Design in New York, discuss the research, strategy and design they’ve done for the New York Times, Surface Magazine, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA, Lincoln Center, Fast Company and Saks Fifth Avenue. 7 p.m.
JULY18: Illustrator Craig Frazier, creator of the 2006 Love stamp and the 2010–11 commemorative Scouting stamp, talks about his shift from design to illustration. His work is known for its wit, optimism and simplicity. His clients include Adobe, American Express, Boeing, Chevrolet, Deloitte, Google, MasterCard, Mohawk Paper, Navigant, The Royal Mail, U.S. Postal Service and United Airlines. 7 p.m.
AUGUST 22: Ashleigh Axios, a creative director and digital strategist in the Obama White House, talks about her belief in design as a way of effecting change in the world. She advocates for design’s ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She leads The Studio, where she is an executive creative director for Automattic, a company with the mission to democratize publishing and commerce. 7 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 3: Gene Lee, vice president of design at Mailchimp, discusses the values and principles that have driven his work at such companies as Nickelodeon, PlayStation and Scholastic, as well as Mailchimp, the marketing automation platform and email marketing service. 7 p.m.
OCTOBER 3: Randy J. Hunt talks about a career that has taken him from creating attractive, easy-to-use online shopping, selling and communication software to creating long-term value designed to strengthen an entire enterprise. Hunt, formerly of Etsy and the art-collecting website Artsy, now works at Grab, a Singapore-based technology company that offers ride-hailing transportation services, food delivery and payment solutions. 7 p.m.
OCTOBER 19: Lisa Congdon, an artist, illustrator and author, discusses how having an artistic voice sets you apart and, ultimately, makes your work interesting, distinctive and desirable. Her conversation is based on her book Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic (Chronicle Books, 132 pages), due out August 6. 2 p.m.
OCTOBER 24: Richard Ting, executive vice president, global chief experience officer and U.S. chief creator officer at the full-service digital agency R/GA, shares what he’s learned during 20 years in building, guiding and directing digital design thinking, product innovation, service design, commerce, prototyping and marketing. 7 p.m.