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"Socially conscious designers can inject new ways of thinking into the world to help deal with pervasive social and environmental problems (such as inequity and the hyper-production of wasteful and harmful things)."

Mari Nakano, Grad Media Design '09, Visual Design Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

CITES Project for the U.S. Department of the Interior

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A collaboration with the U.S. Department of Interior to raise awareness and effect policy change regarding illegal trafficking of endangered species in Chile.

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Real Change Movement

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A real-world outreach to create long-term, self-sustaining design solutions to harness the community’s compassion and reduce homelessness in Pasadena.

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The Aquarium of the Pacific: Open Ocean Project

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In the Open Ocean studio, Designmatters students created a public awareness campaign for the Aquarium of the Pacific centered on the topic of ocean exploration.

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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

The Next Wave: Know the Tsunami

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Students address the vital need for coastal communities of Southern California to have a clear and engaging message about the risks and hazards of tsunamis.

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LAUSD “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program

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An outcome of the 2011 Uncool Initiative.

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