• Create larger public understanding of the value of design

  • Facilitate educational opportunities that challenge the public’s perception of design as a strictly commercial pursuit

  • Cultivate a community of design-minded advocates who challenge ubiquitous trends in favor of original thought

  • Foster a robust design culture in Atlanta and the surrounding Southeastern United States

  • Establish Atlanta as a pioneering design hub

  • Provide design education through workshops, lectures, and available design resources

  • Publish design-related content, criticism, and theory
  • Build a bridge between designers and non-designers

  • Provide a voice for diversity and inclusion within related design fields

  • Increase visibility for disparate and disenfranchised design perspectives

  • Create a platform for design dialogue, cultural exchange, and a greater awareness of design practices and methodologies

  • Partner with established institutions and organizations for collaborative educational and programmatic approaches

  • Promote joy, play, and experimentation as fundamental pillars to the practice of design


Our organizational and educational philosophy is guided by the belief that design is for everyone; acting as a vehicle for better understanding our place in the world. By democratizing design, we provide a gateway for heightened community engagement, dialogue, problem solving, empowerment, and self-realization through various design practices and inclusionary programming. We seek to facilitate a range of design disciplines, functioning as an intermediary between designers and non designers alike. We believe that educating the general public on the value of design will incite a respect and discernment of how design methodologies affect society’s livelihood.


Practise Makes Practice spotlights the following design disciplines:






Christopher Knowles

Founder + Executive Director
For the past decade, Christopher Knowles has been actively involved in the design world as an educator and practitioner. He began his career in New York City working for a humble collection of design studios until later working as an in-house designer for Sony Music. While in New York, he felt a calling to return to his native Atlanta. In his eyes, Atlanta offered a prime environment for starting up a small design studio, providing an opportunity to tap into the incredible potential the southern capital offered. Atlanta’s smaller DIY scene, cultural diversity, and rich history were the perfect backdrop for him to bolster his design practice, Bureau Christopher Knowles, where he has worked with clients across both commercial and cultural sectors for the past seven years.

For the past four years, he has worked as a design professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, as well as Co-Chairing the Design Department at the Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. During his tenures at both institutions, he developed pedagogy for a range of subjects, and challenged his departments by creating curriculum that embraced emerging, forward-thinking approaches to design methodology.

Christopher has shown work in a collection of exhibitions around the United States and has passionately collaborated with community organizers and institutions to harness excitement for design programming and activations. Continuing to build on his enthusiasm for educating on design matters, he founded Practise Makes Practice in August 2019 with the mission to incite a more robust design culture in Atlanta and the Southeastern region at large.


Emily Pidgeon, Karen Glass, Kyle Morais, Wyatt Kane, Arianna Khmelnyuk, Enbar Toledano, Nakita Pope



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