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.

Congratulations Summer 2019 Designmatters Minor Graduates

 

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FILM AND ADVERTISING ALUMNA SONJA JOHNSON CREATES CAMPAIGNS THAT BREAK WALLS

ArtCenter / July 2019

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The students were engaged in very sophisticated research, debate and discussion in this studio, but what really impressed me, in the final production push, was that they were intelligently talking through the options, weighing each decision carefully. The final push was a very mature and professional working team. They worked like a real studio.

Todd Masilko, Associate Professor, Interaction Design

Jennifer May Appointed Executive Director of Designmatters

ArtCenter / August 2019

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A Look Inside ArtCenter’s 2019 Grad Show

Core77 / July 2019

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LAUSD “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program

An outcome of the 2011 Uncool Initiative. 

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“The problem the students were trying to solve, in essence, was how to visualize data. These teams figured out ways to understand, digest and make data real. That’s a difficult task, but bringing together transdisciplinary students seemed to facilitate and accelerate the process. Each of them – product designers, graphic designers, advertising, etc. – was oriented to view and contribute in a unique way that added depth to the concepts.”

Petrula Vrontikis, Instructor

Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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Building Trust, Bridging Divides: Visual Communication/Branding Programming for the City of Long Beach Police Department and Community

 

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IDSA: International Design Conference 2019

August 21-23 | Chicago, IL

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"Art can create awareness and open a dialogue about topics that people wouldn’t otherwise talk about."

Sharon Levy, Product Design, Student

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 EMACalifornia Common CauseCal TechCedar-Sinai Center for Health Equity ResearchCenter Theatre GroupChildrens Hospital LA
City of Long BeachCity of Los AngelesCity of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and ParksCity of PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquem
Compartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDalbergDiscovery Science Cube Los Angeles and Garmin International.Doctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
EMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterFood ForwardGarmin InternationalGE Healthcare
Girl EffectGoodwillHomeboyHomeboy Electronics Recycling  Housing WorksHUB Bogota
 Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental health
LAUSDLegacy LALong Beach Police DepartmentMary Pickford FoundationMattelMayo
Mayor’s Fund Los AngelesNAKFINathan CummingsNEANike FoundationNOAA
North East TreesOASOutward Bound AdventuresPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant
Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern Int
ProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCEC
Sentient ResearchSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialab
US dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCO
UNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEMUnited We Stay
UNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGSVANSVentureWell
WHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA