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.

“It is one thing to know and design for an ‘end user’, but it’s another to sit across from someone in their own living room and hear their personal story. It humanizes the work we do and gives it meaning and value.”

Narbeh Dereghishian, Product Design '10,

Guest Lecture: Ezio Manzini – The Politics of Everyday Life

ArtCenter / February 2017

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"Cultural production and design must go hand in hand as we seek to improve the condition of our world."

Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Western Justice Center Foundation

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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“I have been impressed with our student’s ability to create thoughtful design narratives, that can literally change the trajectory of people’s lives, whether it’s on a humanitarian level, or emotional, psychological level.”

James Meraz, Environmental Design Faculty

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

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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
PAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrinceton
Project Concern IntProximityRubbermaidSCECSappi: Ideas that MatterState of California Seismic Safety
SurdnaSHESocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHO
UNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWell
WHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord