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.

PACIFIC RIM: Eco Research Lab Costa Rica

 

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"All of a sudden, I wasn’t a student working in a classroom in Pasadena, but a person with responsibility and potential to change the world."

Jonathan Goldman Advertising, Student

Sustainable Ecosystem for the Future of Vans

Fall 2014 - Host Department: Product Design 

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ENGAGING + REFRAMING THE ‘REFUGEE’ CRISIS

Social Design Insights / May 2019

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The Next Wave: Know the Tsunami

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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“Each student brings individual life experiences, diverse cultural upbringings, varied interests and perspectives to the subject displaying the many ways see and converse about a problem.”

Krystina Castella, Faculty, Product Design

Big Lessons from the Big Apple: The LA i-team reflects on the NYC’s Service Design Studio

 

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Communicating the Wellbeing of a City with Santa Monica

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing

 

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Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation

June 10-16, 2019 | Lenar Farms, Logar Valley, Slovenia

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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

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 WellbeingCoaniquemCalifornia Common CauseCedar-Sinai Center for Health Equity ResearchCompartamos Con Colombia
Covenant HouseDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMA
Flintridge CenterFood ForwardGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Homeboy Electronics Recycling  Housing WorksHUB Bogota Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for Migration
International Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental healthLAUSDLegacy LALong Beach Police Department
Mary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoMayor’s Fund Los AngelesNAKFINathan Cummings
NEANike FoundationNOAANorth East TreesOASOutward Bound Adventures
Packard FoundationPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned Parenthood
PrincetonProject 51Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald House
RubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdna
SHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and Innovation
UCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US Fund
UNIFEMUnited We StayUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGS
VANSVentureWellWHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen Deliver
YMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA