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.

LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide

 

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Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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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

To create a campaign to combat record STD rates, Long Beach turns to art students

Los Angeles Times / March 2018

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Artist Jackie Amezquita Walked From The U.S.-Mexico Border To Los Angeles

GOOD Magazine / April 2018

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Seeing the Unseen: Visualizing Flow Patterns of Mesopelagic Ocean Eddies

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Interaction Design 

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"These projects help every design student see what is on the other side, and opens the door to making the impossible a possibility of hope."

Armie Pasa and Gabriel La 'O, Product Design, Students

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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Imagining the Future of the Barbie Dreamhouse

 

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DAWN HANCOCK: GUEST LECTURE

Thursday, May 31, 6pm

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"As an artist, my primary aspiration is to connect with other human beings. What better way to actually do so than by actually making a difference in someone’s life?"

Fatima Ghanavi, Graphic 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 EMACal TechCenter Theatre GroupChildrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long Beach
City of PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquemCalifornia Common CauseCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant House
DalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMAFlintridge Center
GE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboyHousing WorksHUB Bogota
 Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental health
LAUSDLong Beach Police DepartmentMary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoNAKFI
Nathan CummingsNEANOAANike FoundationOASPackard Foundation
PAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrinceton
Project 51Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaid
Sappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science Center
UNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEM
UNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGSVANSVentureWell
WHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA