About Atlanta Design Festival

Atlanta Design Festival is the new name for Design is Human Atlanta, organised by MA! Design is Human.

Following the year-on-year success over the past decade, Atlanta Design Festival 2018 will continue to play host to Atlanta’s yearly Design Economy Expo and renowned MA! Architecture Tours, which have been an integral part of the festival since its inception in 2007. There will also be numerous showroom presentations, talks and installations. Activities will run over 9 days with unique events spanning the whole of the city, alongside satellite architecture tours.

The Design Economy

Most people do understand that design has something of a role in our everyday life. It shapes the products and services we use and the world we live in. However, not everyone understands the impact of design’s real potential in Atlanta’s economic growth. The Atlanta Design Festival seeks to develop Atlanta’s growing design economy revolution including promoting industry, commerce and culture. Billions annually is spent directly and indirectly on design in Atlanta and the southeast; and decision-makers are increasingly looking for new and imaginative products and solutions that bring bold ideas to life.

MA! Design is Human

The Atlanta Design Festival (formerly Design is Human Atlanta) is organised by MA! Design is Human, a creative enterprise platform helping to grow brand awareness and sustainable prosperity in design. MA! Design is Human is dedicated to use its expertise in helping Atlanta and businesses understand what a design economy means to economic growth and where resources are best invested.

Founded in 2007 by Bernard McCoy (founder) and Elayne DeLeo, MA!’s expertise integrates design and marketing into an eco system of valued services and industry events to grow the international design economy and connect professionals preoccupied with the best design can offer.

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Design is Human Philosophy

London studio Howlett & Dragomirova investigates glass and new light technology using methods associated with craft. Photography courtesy MA.

Something for everyone, no matter the scale. Design is Human desires to develop the human capabilities around creative knowledge industries and commerce, building lasting relationships and creating culture is how its done. Having confidence and the diversity in Design is Human programming and events attracts visitors to Atlanta for years to come. If you can imagine it, Design is Human is for you and your business.

Endless possibilities —BAUX acoustic tile in hexagon. Photography © BAUX.

Design is Human interests includes exploring exciting and innovative ways to improve infrastructure in and around cities. The recently launched Van-Gogh Roosegaarde bicycle path located in the Netherlands is admired the world over and successfully demonstrates how cities can be more attractive and human.

Featured in this year’s edition of Design is Human, the highly-publicized Van-Gogh Roosegaarde is an innovative bicycle and walk path named after Van-Gogh’s Starry Night. Design is by Studio Roosegaarde. Photography courtesy Studio Roosegaarde.

Bold architecture and interior design like that of Atlanta practices bldgs and TaC Studios introduces the latest trends in sustainable materials, architectural systems, residential, commercial and contract design to a captive audience of decision-makers and general public preoccupied with design on a daily basis and in business.