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.

"Cultural production and design must go hand in hand as we seek to improve the condition of our world."

Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Western Justice Center Foundation

Making Models: R&D in the Social Sector

Designmind / August 2016

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Designmatters + Autodesk Foundation

 

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"This class taught students the importance of creating a different kind of 'right.'"

Sean Adams, Graphic Design, Faculty

COANIQUEM: Safe Niños Designing Innovative Interactive Environments for Pediatric Healing

 

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Designers’ Evolving Roles in Government – Leap Dialogues

Stanford Social Innovation Review / August 2016

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Congrats to Summer 2016 DM Concentration Graduate Kelly Weldon

 

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“I have been impressed with our student’s ability to create thoughtful design narratives, that can literally change the trajectory of people’s lives, whether it’s on a humanitarian level, or emotional, psychological level.”

James Meraz, Environmental Design Faculty

Aquarium of the Pacific: Blue Hope

 

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Designmatters VP, Mariana Amatullo Speaking at 2016 SXSW Eco Conference

SXSW / August 2016

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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