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.

"Socially conscious designers can inject new ways of thinking into the world to help deal with pervasive social and environmental problems (such as inequity and the hyper-production of wasteful and harmful things)."

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

Leap Dialogues – Career Pathways in Design For Social Innovation

April 2016

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Designmatters + Autodesk Foundation

 

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"The students were able to grasp the need and the reality of vulnerable communities and translate that information into creative yet realistic ideas. This was a great example of how design can contribute to furthering a cause."

Bianca Lomell, Regional Director for North America, Project Concern International (PCI)

COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing

 

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Mapping the Service Design Journey Workshop: A Reflection

 

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"The chance to work with real people with real needs is an invaluable learning experience for students."

Simon Johnston, Graphic Design, Faculty

Aquarium of the Pacific: Blue Hope

 

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Student Spotlight: Lori Nishikawa

 

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THE DESIGNMATTERS CONCENTRATION

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

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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
MayoNEANOAANike FoundationOASPAHO
Participant Pasadena Public LibraryPathPlanned ParenthoodPrincetonProject Concern Int
ProximityRubbermaidSCECState of California Seismic SafetySurdnaSHE
SocialabNathan CummingsUS dept of InteriorTECHOUNICEF us fundUNICEF
UNESCOUNIFEMUNDPUNOPSUNFPAUSGS
USC AnnenburgUSC NorrisVANSVentureWellWorld BankWHO
YMCACity of Long BeachDalbergBloombergCTGEMDRIA
HUB BogotaWomen DeliverAutodesk Foundation
designmatters networks
Design Ignites ChangeCumulusDesis NetworkDesigners Accord