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.

Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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A Future Vision for the Aquarium of the Pacific

 

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"This class strengthened my work by helping me express my personal voice through content with meaningful impact."

Ashley Pinnick Illustration, Designmatters Concentration, Student

ArtCenter Faculty & Students Awarded 2018 Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant

Sappi Ideas that Matter / September 2018

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RECAP: Dawn Hancock’s A Workshop About Workshops

 

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Seeing the Unseen: Visualizing Flow Patterns of Mesopelagic Ocean Eddies

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Interaction Design 

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"As artists and designers, we are in a unique position. What we choose to say with this voice that defines us as human beings."

Patrick Hruby Illustration, Student

The Es Tiempo Campaign

Summer 2009 - Host Department: Advertising 

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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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Cumulus Conference Wuxi 2018: Diffused Transition and Design Opportunities

Oct. 31st - Nov. 3rd 2018, Wuxi, China

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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

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