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.

Designing a world we want to age into

CNET / September 2020

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"As artists and designers, we are in a unique position. What we choose to say with this voice that defines us as human beings."

Patrick Hruby Illustration, Student

INSIDE and OUT: Closing the Cancer Gap in LGBTQIA+ Communities


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Healing Buddies: 2020 IDSA International Design Excellence Award Winner

IDSA / August 2020

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2020 Census: Information Graphics to Overcome Participation Barriers


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“The two-week experience on the ground in Chile was instrumental. We all felt the same thing; we all saw and experienced the same realities together. We all lived the same moments. And that really helped us later as a design team, as we related our ideas and concepts back to our shared experience.”

Andres Zavala, Student, Environmental Design

Meet IDSA Design Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship winner: Peggy Li

IDSA / July 2020

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Game On: Inspiring a Healthy L.A. for 2028


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


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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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SoLA DesignJam

September 26th - October 3rd

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“Innovation emerges out of a deep partnership between design students and community members.”

Penny Herscovitch and Dan Gottlieb, Associate Professors, Environmental Design

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
UNIFEMUnited We StayUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGS
VANSVentureWellWHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen Deliver
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA