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.

Spring 2020 Student Leadership Award Recipient Mana Koike

ArtCenter / May 2020

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Designmatters Offers First ArtCenter for Teens Class this Summer

 

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“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

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

 

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Adaptive Design Planning: Sea Level Rise in Long Beach Communities

 

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2020 Census: Information Graphics to Overcome Participation Barriers

 

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“Each student brings individual life experiences, diverse cultural upbringings, varied interests and perspectives to the subject displaying the many ways see and converse about a problem.”

Krystina Castella, Faculty, Product Design

Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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Communicating the Wellbeing of a City with Santa Monica

 

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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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Spring 2020 ArtCenter Virtual Grad Show

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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

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