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.

15 Years of Designmatters: Anniversary Campaign Kick-Off

 

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Toyota Lecture Series: John Thackara

 

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"Human-centered design requires that we stay sensitive to the cultural values of the community, helping them not just survive, but thrive."

Javier Palomares, Environmental Design, Faculty

EMDRIA: The Healing Soldier Project

 

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LAUSD “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program

An outcome of the 2011 Uncool Initiative. 

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"Because this was not just an academic exercise, I learned so much about messaging, keeping things consistent, and understanding the psychology of a real campaign."

Liz Levin, Advertising, Student

The Girl Effect Studio

Fall 2014 - Host Department: Product Design 

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The Es Tiempo Campaign

Summer 2009 - Host Department: Advertising 

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ArtCenter Student, Kelly Weldon “Delivers Light” with Little Sun

 

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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