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 Responsible Art: Connecting Legacy L.A. Youth to Artistic Opportunities and Personal Expression

 

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PRODUCT DESIGN STUDENTS HELP CREATE FACE SHIELDS FOR FRONTLINE MEDICAL WORKERS

ArtCenter / October 2020

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"As designers we need to remain accountable, with measureable outcomes and ways of making small moves to create big impacts."

Stephanie Dhillon, Environmental Design, Student

INSIDE and OUT: Closing the Cancer Gap in LGBTQIA+ Communities

 

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Healing Buddies: 2020 IDSA International Design Excellence Award Winner

IDSA / August 2020

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"The students created outcomes that are innovative and exciting, and help move us closer to our ultimate goal."

John Bwarie, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Meet IDSA Design Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship winner: Peggy Li

IDSA / July 2020

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Game On: Inspiring a Healthy L.A. for 2028

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños: Co-creating Innovative Healing Environments for Children

 

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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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Tama Exchange Virtual Alumni Gathering

November 7th 5:00 - 7:00pm PST

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"A designer’s desire to change the world can be incompatible with empathy, which necessitates relinquishing the impulse to remake the world as it should be in favor of grasping the world as it is for others."

Arden Stern, Faculty, Humanities & Sciences

Networks & Partnerships

Current partnerships
AEDAmerican Cancer SocietyAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArt Division
Arthritis FoundationAshokaAutodesk FoundationBarbieBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloomberg
CAL EMACalifornia Common CauseCal TechCedar-Sinai Center for Health Equity ResearchCenter Theatre GroupChildrens Hospital LA
City of Long BeachCity of Los AngelesCity of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and ParksCity of PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquem
Compartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDalbergDiscovery Science Cube Los Angeles and Garmin International.Doctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
EMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterFood ForwardGarmin InternationalGE Healthcare
Girl EffectGoodwillHomeboyHomeboy Electronics Recycling  Housing WorksHUB Bogota
 Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for MigrationInternational Rescue CommKidspace Children's MuseumKyoto Seika University
LA County Dept. mental healthLAUSDLegacy LALong Beach Police DepartmentMary Pickford FoundationMattel
MayoMayor’s Fund Los AngelesNAKFINathan CummingsNEANature Convervancy
Nike FoundationNOAANorth East TreesOASOutward Bound AdventuresPackard Foundation
PAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrinceton
Project 51Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaid
Sappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSentient ResearchSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdna
SHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and Innovation
UCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US Fund
UNIFEMUnited We StayUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGS
VANSVentureWellWHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen Deliver
YMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA