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.

“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

Antoinette Carroll Lecture and Workshop: Graduate Student Perspective

 

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LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide

 

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"It is very empowering for designers to see how their projects can actually make an impact in people’s lives."

Liliana Becerra, Product Design, Faculty

Aquarium of the Pacific: Interactive Selfie Stations

 

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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

SAMOpoly: Communicating Data Through Game Design

 

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

 

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SAFE NIÑOS: DESIGN CHARITY RETAIL

 

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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
Kyoto Seika UniversityLa County dept mental healthLAUSDMayoNathan CummingsNEA
NOAANike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant
Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern Int
ProximityRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community Foundation
State of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art University
TECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDP
UNOPSUNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANS
VentureWellWHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord