Text Me: How We Live in Language

Exhibition, MODA, Atlanta, US.


From September 17, 2017 until February 4, 2018
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. This exhibition demonstrates how bold typographic expression has become the cultural currency of communication and the centrepiece of connection, probing the formative effect of typography on the way we live from social media to tattoos to way-finding signage to fine art, fast moving consumer goods, clothing, household goods, and decoration. In this exhibition, over 60 leading designers and artists reflect upon how we live in language and how language now defines our lives.
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.

MODA is the only museum in the Southeast dedicated exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. Formed in 1989 as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, MODA has grown and evolved over the years to become the Southeast’s only design museum. The museum also holds the distinction of being a Smithsonian Affiliate.
In 2011, MODA moved to its current home in the heart of the Midtown Arts District. This transition has been critical to the Museum’s recent success, offering premium street visibility and immediate proximity to the city’s most important arts organizations.
MODA's mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages.