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.

"Socially conscious designers can inject new ways of thinking into the world to help deal with pervasive social and environmental problems (such as inequity and the hyper-production of wasteful and harmful things)."

Mari Nakano, Grad Media Design '09, Visual Design Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

Congratulations Fall 2017 Designmatters Minor Graduates!

 

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LEAP Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide

 

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"It’s not about me saying, 'Here’s what to do.' It’s about all of us deciding, 'What can we do together?'."

Guillaume Wolf, Graphic Design, Faculty

From Pasadena to Dubai: Global Grad Show 2017

 

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The Denhart Family Sustainability Scholarship Prize

 

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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

Imagining the Future of the Barbie Dreamhouse

 

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

 

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SAFE NIÑOS: DESIGN CHARITY RETAIL

 

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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 MatterSCECSilicon Valley Community Foundation
State of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art University
TECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDP
UNOPSUNFPAUSGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANS
VentureWellWHOWorld BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord