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.

"Socially conscious designers can inject new ways of thinking into the world to help deal with pervasive social and environmental problems (such as inequity and the hyper-production of wasteful and harmful things)."

Mari Nakano, Grad Media Design '09, Visual Design Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

Imagining the Future of the Barbie Dreamhouse

 

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From Pasadena to Dubai: Global Grad Show 2017

 

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"This class taught students the importance of creating a different kind of 'right.'"

Sean Adams, Graphic Design, Faculty

Designmatters x Antiracist Classroom

 

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This Stylish Walker Could Help The Elderly Get Around

Fast Company Design / December 2017

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"Socially conscious designers can inject new ways of thinking into the world to help deal with pervasive social and environmental problems (such as inequity and the hyper-production of wasteful and harmful things)."

Mari Nakano, Grad Media Design '09, Visual Design Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

Study Away: Kyoto CULTURE // CRAFT

 

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

 

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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
AEDAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArthritis Foundation
AshokaAutodesk FoundationBarbieBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloombergCAL EMA
Cal TechCenter Theatre GroupChildrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long BeachCity of Pasadena
City of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquemCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDalbergDoctors Withouth Borders
East West BankEMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl Effect
GoodwillHomeboyHousing WorksHUB Bogota Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical Corp
International Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental healthLAUSDMary Pickford Foundation
MattelMayoNAKFINathan CummingsNEANOAA
Nike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public Library
PathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern IntProximity
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community Foundation
State of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art University
TECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPAUNDP
UNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEMUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC Norris
USGSVANSVentureWellWHOWorld BankWomen Deliver
YMCA
designmatters networks
CumulusDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis Network