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.

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

 

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For the Future: Connecting Underserved Young Parents With Vital Resources

 

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“Innovation is deliberate. It’s about solving problems without creating new ones. To innovate is to enable one to share our natural empathy and be able to allow others a new means for expression. Innovation is something humans and other creatures have been doing forever, be it by instinct or experimentation. We innovate to survive and to create positive solutions to simplify and better our lives.”

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

Jennifer May Appointed Executive Director of Designmatters

ArtCenter / August 2019

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ALTOGETHER NOW! TRANSDISCIPLINARY STUDIO COURSES ALLOW STUDENTS TO COLLABORATE ACROSS DIFFERENT MAJORS

ArtCenter / October 2019

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How Design Can SAVE THE WORLD / Alumni Mariana Prieto

TYT's The Conversation / October 2019

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“Though the fields of design, art, social work, advertising and journalism use different languages to describe their process, when we're at our best we're all trying to accomplish something similar: with every creative act, we push people in a purposeful, positive direction. We leave the world better than we started.”

Wendy MacNaughton, Illustration Alum & Faculty

Socially Engaged Art: Art in Urban Community Green Spaces

 

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Building Trust, Bridging Divides: Visual Communication/Branding Programming for the City of Long Beach Police Department and Community

 

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ArtCenter Dialogues: Cedric Johnson

11/18/2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ArtCenter South Campus

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"In a time when we are bombarded with imagery, it was an amazing experience to really understand the power of design as a vital communication tool."

Christina Nizar, Graphic Design, Student

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 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 CommKyoto Seika UniversityLA County Dept. mental health
LAUSDLegacy LALong Beach Police DepartmentMary Pickford FoundationMattelMayo
Mayor’s Fund Los AngelesNAKFINathan CummingsNEANike FoundationNOAA
North East TreesOASOutward Bound AdventuresPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant
Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern Int
ProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCEC
Sentient ResearchSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialab
US dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science CenterUNESCO
UNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEMUnited We Stay
UNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGSVANSVentureWell
WHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA