Catalyst: The Secret Language of Maps

  • July 31, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Museum of Design Atlanta

    1315 Peachtree Street Northeast
    Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Ticket Price $24.15 Register Now

When Marion Marlow sets out to find Julie Romero, she must gather data, organize it, and present it to others to solve the mystery of Julie’s disappearance . . .


But how can she do this most effectively? Through maps!


In The Secret Language of Maps, a Stanford guide, author Carissa Carter uses an embedded mystery to introduce readers to the power of mapping and the bias that's implicit in all maps and infographics.


Mapping is the best tool we have for sorting and presenting data, and maps can illustrate both geographic and infographic information. They help us track what’s most important and make sense of the world around us, and they’re an essential component of any designer’s toolbox!


At the next session of Catalyst, a series for those who are passionate about design and the ways in which it can change their lives, we’ll be diving into The Secret Language of Maps, and we’d love for you to join us!


Facilitated by Kevin Day, Impact Design Lab Coordinator at the Mount Vernon School, the meet-up will include:

  • An introduction to the book The Secret Language of Maps
  • A discussion of the main ideas in The Secret Language of Maps (reading the book in advance isn’t necessary)
  • Insight from those who have leveraged map-making to achieve positive changes in their lives and careers

. . . And more! Stay tuned for updates to this page!




The cost to attend this event is $22. Each participant will receive a copy of The Secret Language of Maps, valued at $16.

Want to pick up your book before the meet-up? Just email Mary at after your register to work that out.


About The Secret Language of Maps

Maps, data and infographics are supposed to help us make sense of the world.


In this book, Carissa Carter — academic director at the Stanford — has penned a murder mystery to pull back the curtain on bias that's implicit in all maps and infographics, even using them to solve the crime.


Employing an incredibly engaging approach, this practical guide not only teaches you how to read and design maps, but it also gives you the tools to interpret the daily infographics you see in the news, in business, and everywhere else.


After reading this book, you’ll look for the agenda behind every map and the hidden messages lurking within data in a world full of misinformation. 


Cancellation Policy

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met, but don't worry: should MODA have to cancel, we will gladly issue a full refund to all registrants. If you need to cancel your plans for any reason, we kindly request that you notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start. By doing so, we can process a refund for the ticket cost (minus a small $10 processing fee per class). Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made less than 7 days before an event.‌



Designers with different styles of learning or special needs are welcome in MODA's public programs. We will be able to most effectively help everyone learn and enjoy this experience if we know about those needs in advance of the event. Please email with questions or information.

Date & Time

Wed, Jul 31, 2024 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue Details

Museum of Design Atlanta

1315 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30309 Museum of Design Atlanta
Museum of Design Atlanta

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is the only museum in the Southeastern United States exclusively dedicated to the study of design. Our exhibitions feature various design industries and showcase the power of design to inspire change, transform lives, and make the world a better place! Located in the heart of the Midtown Arts District, MODA is a community hub for all things design including design conversations, hands-on workshops, youth programs, and more!

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