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.

For the Future: Connecting Underserved Young Parents With Vital Resources

 

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FILM AND ADVERTISING ALUMNA SONJA JOHNSON CREATES CAMPAIGNS THAT BREAK WALLS

ArtCenter / July 2019

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"A designer’s desire to change the world can be incompatible with empathy, which necessitates relinquishing the impulse to remake the world as it should be in favor of grasping the world as it is for others."

Arden Stern, Faculty, Humanities & Sciences

Jennifer May Appointed Executive Director of Designmatters

ArtCenter / August 2019

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Sometimes leadership finds you—Student Leadership Award winner Arotin Hartounian

ArtCenter / August 2019

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“Where’s Daryl?” Interaction Design Studio

 

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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

Socially Engaged Art: Art in Urban Community Green Spaces

 

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Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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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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Sadie Red Wing and Saki Mafundikwa: Finding Our Way Home

Monday, September 16, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography

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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