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.

"In a time when we are bombarded with imagery, it was an amazing experience to really understand the power of design as a vital communication tool."

Christina Nizar, Graphic Design, Student

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 Concentration Graduates!

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Development Seminar

 

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"As artists and designers, we are in a unique position. What we choose to say with this voice that defines us as human beings."

Patrick Hruby Illustration, Student

Student Spotlight: Grace Haynes

 

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Fresh Eyes Cuba: A Deep Immersion and Cultural Exchange in Havana

 

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STUDENTS TACKLING SOCIAL ISSUES IN THEIR ART AND DESIGN – PART II: PRODUCT DESIGN STUDENT LORI NISHIKAWA

ArtCenter / April 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

Announcing the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation

 

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“Where’s Daryl?” Interaction Design Studio

 

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Sustainable Ecosystem for the Future of Vans

Fall 2014 - Host Department: Product Design 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR

A transcripted course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students in social innovation

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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