Introduction

The Designmatters educational platform at ArtCenter College of Design joins collaboration with experimentation, experience with reflection, problem-solving with problem-discovery, and purpose with action.

Our Mission

Through research, advocacy and action, Designmatters engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of art and design as a positive force in society.

"The practical foundation that underlies this program is that even the most amazing design solutions need to be supported by a strong business model in order to be implemented and sustainable."

Adlai Wertman, Professor, Marshall School of Business, USC

Guest Lecture: Ezio Manzini – The Politics of Everyday Life

ArtCenter / February 2017

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"Being part of this program helped remind me of the importance of the design process, and ultimately why design matters."

Greg Philpott, Founder and President, mDialog

Future Craft: Japan + Thailand

 

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Alvin Oei Awarded Denhart Family Sustainability Prize

 

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Social Innovation: Now More Than Ever

Print Magazine / February 2017

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"As an artist, my primary aspiration is to connect with other human beings. What better way to actually do so than by actually making a difference in someone’s life?"

Fatima Ghanavi, Graphic Design, Student

People to People ­­: Fresh Eyes on a Changing Cuba

Design Observer / January 2017

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“Where’s Daryl?” Interaction Design Studio

 

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Aquarium of the Pacific Resilient Cities Project

 

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THE DESIGNMATTERS CONCENTRATION

A flexible course of study in design for social innovation for ArtCenter undergraduate students.

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

ArtCenter students are embedded in host organizations for one full 14-week academic term to work on high-level projects.

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Networks & Partnerships

Current partnerships
American Cancer SocietyAEDAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArthritis Foundation
AshokaAutodesk FoundationBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloombergCAL EMACal Tech
Childrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long BeachCity of PasadenaCoaniquemCompartamos Con Colombia
Covenant HouseCTGDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIA
FEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Housing WorksHUB BogotaInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue CommLa County dept mental health
LAUSDMayoNEANOAANike FoundationOAS
PAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrinceton
Project Concern IntProximityRubbermaidSCECSappi: Ideas that MatterState of California Seismic Safety
SurdnaSHESocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHO
UNICEF us fundUNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPS
UNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWell
WHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord