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.

Guest Lecture | Ezio Manzini – Design for Social Innovation as an agent of collaborative city making

 

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Adaptive Design Planning: Sea Level Rise in Long Beach Communities

 

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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

Research & Practice: Accessibility Design Workshop with Google

 

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Jennifer May – 2020 Impact Maker to Watch

Stratiscope / January 2020

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Designing Democracy: The Future of Civic Engagement

Spring 2018 - Host Department: Humanities & Sciences 

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"The practical foundation that underlies this program is that even the most amazing design solutions need to be supported by a strong business model in order to be implemented and sustainable."

Adlai Wertman, Professor, Marshall School of Business, USC

Socially Engaged Art: Art in Urban Community Green Spaces

 

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“Where’s Daryl?” Interaction Design Studio

 

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Guest Lecture | Ezio Manzini

March 9, 2020 / 4pm ArtCenter South Campus Wind Tunnel

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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

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 CummingsNEANature ConvervancyNike Foundation
NOAANorth East TreesOASOutward Bound AdventuresPackard FoundationPAHO
Participant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51
Project Concern IntProximityRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation CenterRonald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that Matter
SCECSentient ResearchSilicon Valley Community FoundationState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOTongji University College of Design and InnovationUCLA Business of Science Center
UNESCOUNFPAUNDPUNICEFUNICEF US FundUNIFEM
United We StayUNOPSUSC AnnenbergUSC NorrisUSGSVANS
VentureWellWHOWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
AIGACumulus AssociationDesign Ignites ChangeDesigners AccordDesis NetworkIDSA