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.

Wildfire Prevention and Preparation Campaign

 

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Birthing Barriers: Designing for Black Birth Equity

 

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“Innovation is deliberate. It’s about solving problems without creating new ones. To innovate is to enable one to share our natural empathy and be able to allow others a new means for expression. Innovation is something humans and other creatures have been doing forever, be it by instinct or experimentation. We innovate to survive and to create positive solutions to simplify and better our lives.”

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

Designmatters Guest Faculty – Dr. Carlene Olivia Fider

 

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Healing Buddies: 2020 IDSA International Design Excellence Award Winner

IDSA / August 2020

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"This class taught students the importance of creating a different kind of 'right.'"

Sean Adams, Graphic Design, Faculty

ArtCenter Faculty Members Receive $200,000 Grant to Improve Online Archive Access for Those With Disabilities

Pasadena Now / January 2021

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Bee Lab: Designing for Wild Bee Conservation & Biodiversity

 

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Detectable Preventable: Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screenings Within the Filipino-American Community

 

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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: Summer 2022

Saturday, August 20, 2021 10:00am (PDT)

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"The students created outcomes that are innovative and exciting, and help move us closer to our ultimate goal."

John Bwarie, United States Geological Survey (USGS)