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.

"This class strengthened my work by helping me express my personal voice through content with meaningful impact."

Ashley Pinnick Illustration, Designmatters Concentration, Student

Why Designers Practice Social Innovation

 

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Communicating the Wellbeing of a City with Santa Monica

 

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"Being part of this program helped remind me of the importance of the design process, and ultimately why design matters."

Greg Philpott, Founder and President, mDialog

Design for Freedom from Disability

 

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COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing

 

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ArtCenter Student Grace Haynes, Design + Community Outreach with Center Theatre Group

 

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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

Announcing the Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation

 

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Ocean Impact Studio

 

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VLOG – Fresh Eyes Cuba: Nicolas Ramirez

 

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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
La County dept mental healthLAUSDMayoNathan CummingsNEANOAA
Nike FoundationOASPackard FoundationPAHOParticipant Pasadena Public Library
PathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject 51Project Concern IntProximity
Ronald McDonald HouseRubbermaidSappi: Ideas that MatterSCECState of California Seismic SafetySurdna
SHESocialabUS dept of InteriorTAMA Art UniversityTECHOUNICEF us fund
UNICEFUNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPSUNFPA
USGSUSC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWellWHO
World BankWomen DeliverYMCA
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord