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 chance to work with real people with real needs is an invaluable learning experience for students."

Simon Johnston, Graphic Design, Faculty

Designmatters + Autodesk Foundation

Autodesk Foundation / May 2016

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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

COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing


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Better World X Design Conference 2016


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


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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

Future Craft: Japan + Thailand


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

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Top 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
AshokaBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismCAL EMACal TechChildrens Hospital LACity of LA
City of PasadenaCoaniquemCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDoctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
FEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Housing WorksInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue CommLa County dept mental healthLAUSD
Participant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject Concern Int
ProximityRubbermaidSCECState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEF
USC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWellWorld BankWHO
YMCACity of Long BeachDalbergBloombergCTGEMDRIA
HUB BogotaWomen DeliverAutodesk Foundation
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord