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.

Never Again 9066: Artists and Designers Against Asian Violence

 

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Safe Niños: Holistic Healing Environments at Concepcíon Campus

 

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“We do not design in a vacuum; we design for the world, in the world.”

David Mocarski, Chair, Environmental Design

Designing Advocacy: Arts Education + Graphic Design Implementation

 

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A GOOD STOPPING POINT: SMOKING CESSATION CAMPAIGNS FOR LGBTQIA+

 

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Safe Niños: Games, Stories, and Animations to prevent Childhood Burns

 

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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

The (Re)Search for Inclusive Healthcare

 

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Branded: How Brands Shape Ideas, Identities and Society

 

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The Aesthetics of Power: What Makes Good Design

 

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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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Graduation and Grad Show: Spring 2024

Saturday, April 27th

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“Though the fields of design, art, social work, advertising and journalism use different languages to describe their process, when we're at our best we're all trying to accomplish something similar: with every creative act, we push people in a purposeful, positive direction. We leave the world better than we started.”

Wendy MacNaughton, Illustration Alum & Faculty