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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

“It is one thing to know and design for an ‘end user’, but it’s another to sit across from someone in their own living room and hear their personal story. It humanizes the work we do and gives it meaning and value.”

Narbeh Dereghishian, Product Design '10,

CITES Project for the U.S. Department of the Interior

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A collaboration with the U.S. Department of Interior to raise awareness and effect policy change regarding illegal trafficking of endangered species in Chile.

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Real Change Movement

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A real-world outreach to create long-term, self-sustaining design solutions to harness the community’s compassion and reduce homelessness in Pasadena.

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The Aquarium of the Pacific: Open Ocean Project

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In the Open Ocean studio, Designmatters students created a public awareness campaign for the Aquarium of the Pacific centered on the topic of ocean exploration.

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