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.

"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

LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide

 

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LAUSD “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program

An outcome of the 2011 Uncool Initiative. 

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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

Aquarium of the Pacific: Interactive Selfie Stations

 

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SAFE NIÑOS: DESIGN CHARITY RETAIL

 

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"All of a sudden, I wasn’t a student working in a classroom in Pasadena, but a person with responsibility and potential to change the world."

Jonathan Goldman Advertising, Student

Field Update #3 Kyoto Culture // Craft

 

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

 

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Designmatters Welcomes Sherry Hoffman as Senior Educational Liaison

 

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DESIGNMATTERS MINOR

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
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
UNICEF us fundUNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPS
UNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWell
WHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord