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.

“I have been impressed with our student’s ability to create thoughtful design narratives, that can literally change the trajectory of people’s lives, whether it’s on a humanitarian level, or emotional, psychological level.”

James Meraz, Environmental Design Faculty

Field Update #2 Kyoto Culture // Craft


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Designmatters Announces Mariana Amatullo’s Departure


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“Sustainability remains the most important idea of the 21st century: that is, that a regenerative and reciprocal relationship with the planet (and its inhabitants) is possible and will ensure our survival.”

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Product Design, H&S and Graphic Design Faculty & Director of Sustainability Initiatives

Aquarium of the Pacific: Interactive Selfie Stations


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"Cultural production and design must go hand in hand as we seek to improve the condition of our world."

Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Western Justice Center Foundation

(What) Do Designers Need to Practice Social Innovation?

KCET Artbound / June 2017

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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
American Cancer SocietyAEDAmerican Red CrossANSPEAquarium of the PacificArthritis Foundation
AshokaAutodesk FoundationBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismBloombergCAL EMACal Tech
Childrens Hospital LACity of LACity of Long BeachCity of PasadenaCity of Santa Monica Office of Civic WellbeingCoaniquem
Compartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseCTGDalbergDoctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
EMDRIAFEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwill
HomeboyHousing WorksHUB BogotaInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue Comm
Kyoto Seika UniversityLa County dept mental healthLAUSDMayoNathan CummingsNEA
NOAANike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant
Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern Int
ProximityRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECState of California Seismic Safety
SurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHO
UNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWell
WHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord