“Designmatters allows us to look at the world as a classroom with an eye toward changing it for the better. We aspire to redefine and expand the role of the artist and designer into one who is a catalyst for social change and innovation.”

Mariana Amatullo, Vice President, Designmatters Department

Designmatters at Art Center is where art and design education meets social change.

OUR VISION

An engaged mode of art and design education that forms creative leaders, Designmatters provides the know-how and aspiration to shape the futures we truly desire for a more sustainable and equitable world.

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.

OUR SCOPE

Designmatters is integrated across all the educational departments at Art Center College of Design. Activities are organized at 3 key levels:

As an educational magnet and research division for the college, we conceive of projects for the curriculum, oversee the DM Concentration at the undergraduate level, and partner with Graduate Media Design Practices in the MDP/Field Track;

As an agent for social impact educational projects, we are a guarantor for implementation and assessment of projects led by students, faculty and alumni;

As an external relations center for strategic partnership building, we leverage art and design education as tool for positive change in the world.

OUR BUILDING BLOCKS

As Art Center’s social impact department, Designmatters is where local, national and global issues are encountered head-on. Participants are in the world, with the world.

Values that are embedded into the department are filtered into the curriculum, programs and projects. These values represent the spirit of Designmatters, and consist of:

Commitment: We are dedicated to looking at, confronting, researching and addressing real-world issues, and we endeavor to innovate through art and design.

Relevance: We strive to be a model for relevancy in education. We open doors for organizations to engage with artists and designers and see them as key contributors to their mission.

Engagement: We look at the world as our classroom, with an eye toward changing it for the better. Our students engage in experiential learning, giving them an insider’s awareness of the challenges confronting communities around the block or around the world.

Collaboration: We view art and design as a space that invites collaboration with other disciplines, such as: development, science, business, engineering, and anthropology. It is in the intersection between distinct areas of inquiry that we often find the most opportunity for innovation.

Empathy: We believe that artists and designers can be uniquely compassionate as how they relate to the lives of others, and with that comes great responsibility.

Action-led outcomes: We see art and design students as having the gift of creativity and the skills to execute a vision, and when immersed in a real-world context, they can be empowered to become changemakers.

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“Turning outward is key to the future of higher education in art and design. Designmatters provides the platform where that can happen.”

Lorne M. Buchman, President, Art Center College of Design

OUR FOUR THEMESThe Designmatters portfolio of projects, and the learning outcomes of the DM Concentration, focus on the following areas of inquiry as they intersect with art and design:

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Reflections on My Visit to South Africa

October 22, 2014

In the following blog post, Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo shares experiences from her recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2014 Cumulus Conference.

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Mariana Amatullo Panel Speaker at Sustainatopia 2014

Mariana Amatullo will be a panelist at the 2014 Sustainatopia Conference tomorrow (Oct. 31).  She will be speaking on the topic of Global Sanitation alongside John Sauer, Water for People, and James McHale, American Standard.  The panel will be moderated by Greg Wendt of Stakeholders Capital.  Click here for more info.

Focus on Public-Private Partnerships: Solving Sanitation on a Global Scale

October 31, 2014 (11:30 AM- 12:30 PM)
Century City, CA
Hyatt Regency

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Hot Water Fast: Healthier Children, More Time and Income for Mom

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October, 2014
By Mariana Somma

Team Calientamigos member, Mariana Somma’s featured contribution to the OpenIDEO platflorm.

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Recent Project Development: Coaniquem

The President of Coaniquem, Dr Jorge Rojas Zegers recently visited Art Center and updated us on the success of the Coaniquem Healing Cloud Project implementation in Chile.  Check out the link below to read more about these exciting developments!

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About the Coaniquem Project: In Spring 2013, Art Center Students applied their multi-departmental skills to create a global campaign with a twofold focus: to develop positive burn prevention messages, and to increase awareness and support for children burn victims.