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.

"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

ArtCenter NEA Grant to Help Long Beach Police

ArtCenter / February 2018

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PACIFIC RIM: Eco Research Lab Costa Rica

 

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"This class strengthened my work by helping me express my personal voice through content with meaningful impact."

Ashley Pinnick Illustration, Designmatters Concentration, Student

Qualified Self: Designing Next Generation Technology for Health & Wellness

 

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SAFE NIÑOS: ENVISIONING CHARITY RETAIL SYSTEMS

 

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CHANGE LAB: WENDY MACNAUGHTON’S ILLUSTRATED JOURNALISM DRAWS EXTRAORDINARY STORIES FROM EVERYDAY LIVES

ArtCenter / January 2018

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"It’s not just about the product, it’s about the person, it’s about making real impact.”

Margaux Reynolds, Student, Product Design

This Stylish Walker Could Help The Elderly Get Around

Fast Company Design / December 2017

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Engage + Envision + Empower: Creating a Safe Sex Culture in the City of Long Beach

 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

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
AEDAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArt Division
Arthritis FoundationAshokaAutodesk FoundationBarbieBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloomberg
CAL EMACal TechCenter Theatre GroupChildrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long Beach
City of PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquemCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDalberg
Doctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterGE Healthcare
Girl EffectGoodwillHomeboyHousing WorksHUB Bogota Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)
International Medical CorpInternational Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental healthLAUSD
Mary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoNAKFINathan CummingsNEA
NOAANike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant
Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern Int
ProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCEC
Silicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of Interior
TAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPA
UNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEMUNOPSUSC Annenberg
USC NorrisUSGSVANSVentureWellWHOWorld Bank
Women DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
CumulusDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis Network