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.

Kidmania: Beyond Books! Designing Digital and Physical Spaces for Teens

 

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Strong Apart: Humane + Connected Aging

 

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

Sean Adams, Graphic Design, Faculty

Designmatters Guest Faculty – Dr. Carlene Olivia Fider

 

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Healing Buddies: 2020 IDSA International Design Excellence Award Winner

IDSA / August 2020

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"It’s not about me saying, 'Here’s what to do.' It’s about all of us deciding, 'What can we do together?'."

Guillaume Wolf, Graphic Design, Faculty

ArtCenter Faculty Members Receive $200,000 Grant to Improve Online Archive Access for Those With Disabilities

Pasadena Now / January 2021

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Symbiosis in Nature and Community

 

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Strong Apart: Resilient + Connected

 

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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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Graduation and Grad Show: Spring 2021

April 24, 2021 10:00 am

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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