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.

The Girl Effect Studio

Fall 2014 - Host Department: Product Design 

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Eco Retreat Lab: Costa Rica Environmental Study Abroad

Summer 2015 - Host Department: Environmental Design 

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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

The Es Tiempo Campaign

Summer 2009 - Host Department: Advertising 

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Project U/ HIV-AIDS Awareness Campaign with LAUSD

Summer 2011- Host Department: Graphic Design 

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LAUSD “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program

An outcome of the 2011 Uncool Initiative. 

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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

Natural Light International Design Competition Studio

Spring 2015 - Host Department: Environmental Design 

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Arthritis Foundation Studio

Designmatters students worked with the Arthritis Foundation to contemporize the Foundation’s brand strategy and create a multi-platform communication program. 

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Illustrated Journalism Studio

A studio in which students reimagine how illustration is used on all of today’s evolving multimedia journalism platforms. 

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A flexible course of study in design for social impact for ArtCenter undergraduate students.

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Top 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
AshokaBerkeley Graduate School of JournalismCAL EMACal TechChildrens Hospital LACity of LA
City of PasadenaCoaniquemCompartamos Con ColombiaCovenant HouseDoctors Withouth BordersEast West Bank
FEMAFlintridge CenterGE HealthcareGirl EffectGoodwillHomeboy
Housing WorksInt Medical CorpIOMInternational Rescue CommLa County dept mental healthLAUSD
Participant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject Concern Int
ProximityRubbermaidSCECState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEF
USC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWellWorld BankWHO
YMCACity of Long BeachDalbergBloombergCTGEMDRIA
HUB BogotaWomen Deliver
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord