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.

"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

Why Designers Practice Social Innovation

 

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Communicating the Wellbeing of a City with Santa Monica

 

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"Because this was not just an academic exercise, I learned so much about messaging, keeping things consistent, and understanding the psychology of a real campaign."

Liz Levin, Advertising, Student

Design for Freedom from Disability

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing

 

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ArtCenter Student Grace Haynes, Design + Community Outreach with Center Theatre Group

 

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“Sustainability remains the most important idea of the 21st century: that is, that a regenerative and reciprocal relationship with the planet (and its inhabitants) is possible and will ensure our survival.”

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Product Design, H&S and Graphic Design Faculty & Director of Sustainability Initiatives

Announcing the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation

 

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Ocean Impact Studio

 

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VLOG – Fresh Eyes Cuba: Nicolas Ramirez

 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR

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
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 PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquem
Compartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseCTGDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
EMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwill
HomeboyHousing WorksHUB BogotaInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue Comm
La County dept mental healthLAUSDMayoNathan CummingsNEANOAA
Nike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public Library
PathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern IntProximity
Ronald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECState of California Seismic SafetySurdna
SHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOUNICEF us fund
UNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPSUNFPA
USGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWellWHO
World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord