Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Big Announcement: Museum of Design Atlanta Assignment and Visit

Looking ahead:  Too soon? I don't think so. I think you're ready to make the plunge.

Great news for you as Junior Designers!  I hope you are ready to participate what your next assignment will be after the Illustrative Alphabet project.

As of today, it was confirmed that you will be working with The Museum of Design Atlanta on an upcoming assignment. It will be in the area of creating an Informational Graphic or Infographic for the Museum. Your use of typography, illustration, organizational skills and your ability to assess how text will become the visual elements for their project.

"Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information. Today information graphics surround us in the media, in published works both pedestrian and scientific, in road signs and manuals. They illustrate information that would be unwieldy in text form, and act as a visual shorthand for everyday concepts such as stop and go. It is wayfinding and signage in many ways."

We will all meet as a class at MODA on Thursday September 19th at 2:30 so you can meet Laura Flusche who the Executive Director and her staff. This prestigious design museum is located across from the High Museum of Art. Our visit will also give you a chance to see the installation of their newest exhibition entitled "Barrique: Wine, Design and Social Change" that opens on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

This exhibition spotlights an innovative design project that grew out of an effort to recycle old wine barrels in San Patrignano, Italy, Europe’s largest residential treatment center for young men and women recovering from drug addiction and social exclusion.

The residents at San Patrignano reached out to thirty well-known designers and architects -- including Marc Sadler, Karim Rashid, Angela Missoni, and Alessandro Mendini -- asking each of them to design a piece of furniture using wood reclaimed from wine barrels.

Upon receiving the designs, they crafted the pieces of furniture out of old barrels, effectively demonstrating how design innovation can be used to achieve social good. 
Make sure you start looking at the current trends in information graphics. There are plenty of new periodicals and books available.  This is going to be exciting!  I easily could have given this to the senior advertising class but I wanted to get you started with working with real clients. Yeehaw!

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