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.

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Design for Health & Well-Being: The Rancho Renegades


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"The students confronted important issues from personal vantage points, ultimately ensuring that others would care about them, too."

Sherry Hoffman, Humanities & Sciences, Faculty

Amanda Sutanto’s STACK Stool project showcased at Shanghai Design Week


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The “Night Loo” keeps refugee women safe from hazardous bathroom trips

Fast Company Design / September 2018

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Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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"Design can capture and integrate the best of science, technology and art to provide a clear, compelling roadmap to a more sustainable future."

Jerry Schubel Ph.D. President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific

With tiny homes, Pasadena ArtCenter’s students face the realities of solving LA’s homeless crisis

Daily News / December 2018

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


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A Future Vision for the Aquarium of the Pacific


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Fall 2018 Grad Show | Dec. 15

Pasadena Convention Center

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"Being part of this program helped remind me of the importance of the design process, and ultimately why design matters."

Greg Philpott, Founder and President, mDialog


A transcripted course of study for ArtCenter undergraduate students in social innovation

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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 CauseCedar-Sinai Center for Health Equity ResearchCompartamos Con Colombia
Covenant HouseDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West BankEMDRIAFEMA
Flintridge CenterFood ForwardGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Homeboy Electronics Recycling  Housing WorksHUB Bogota Instituto de Diseño (ISDi)International Medical CorpInternational Organization for Migration
International Rescue CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental healthLAUSDLegacy LALong Beach Police Department
Mary Pickford FoundationMattelMayoMayor’s Fund Los AngelesNAKFINathan Cummings
NEANike FoundationNOAANorth East TreesOASOutward Bound Adventures
Packard FoundationPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned Parenthood
PrincetonProject 51Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald House
RubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECSentient ResearchSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic Safety
SurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHO
Tongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEF
UNICEF US FundUNIFEMUnited We StayUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC Norris
USGSVANSVentureWellWHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World Bank
Women DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA