“Problems are solved by partnerships between many different kinds of individuals: designers, advocates, policy makers, scientists, engineers, business leaders. In the best scenario, they are covering a lot of ground together to achieve progress and create viable solutions.”Elisa Ruffino, Director, Designmatters Department
Art Center’s alumni community has long been a population of creative people actively engaged in ideas, issues and conversations with a global focus. As a leader in social impact design education, and now in its second decade, Designmatters seeks to expand our programming and partnerships to include a strong cultivation of alumni working in or considering this emergent career space.
A partnership between Designmatters and the Office of Alumni Relations, our initiative is one of engagement. We aim to:
Nominate yourself or an alum you know for the Alumni Spotlight quarterly, a platform for first-person testimonials and honest storytelling from some of our most accomplished Art Center alumni working in social impact. These stories are cross-promoted via Designmatters social media, Alumni Relations and Art Center’s Marketing department. We want to know about you!
Connect with us if you are interested in becoming a mentor for our growing crop of Art Center students, across all disciplines, who are achieving the Designmatters Concentration in Art and Design for Social Impact .
Cultivate with our support, professional offerings in your organizations for the top Designmatters Concentration students through internships, Fellowships and other career-building opportunities among their alumni peers.
The alumni Engagement section is dedicated to featuring the current work of Art Center alumni who are making promising contributions in social impact design, as well as connecting alumni with current Art Center students. If you want to nominate an alumni story or project to be featured in this space, or if you would like to become a mentor contact Elisa.Ruffino@artcenter.edu or Kristine.Bowne@artcenter.edu.
Stephanie Sigg (GRAD ID’98) has been an Art Director and Designer for over 15 years. Beginning her career at “The Late Show with David Letterman,” which won an Emmy for best Art Direction in 1994, Stephanie went on to work for advertising agencies Wieden + Kennedy (Portland & New York), Publicis, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann Erickson, and SS+K. At these agencies Stephanie focused on both cause-related and corporate campaigns, working with causes and brands such as Nike, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, Teach.gov, The National Democratic Convention, The White House, Ad Council, Avon, The Boys and Girls Club of America, School of Visual Arts, ESPN, Diet Coke, IBM, Mastercard, Intel, Kohls and Major League Baseball.Read more
Dave Foster (Advertising ’05) is a social innovation designer, focused on creating solutions for social and environmental benefit based on deep understanding of issues and communities in need. His expertise is in social enterprise, sustainability and, increasingly, development and appropriate technologies. He is the founder and editor of BoP Designer, a website and blog dedicated to […]Read more
Patrick Kiruki (Product ’05) is a product designer and social entrepreneur, focused on using design and innovation to find solutions for economic development in health, sanitation, and environmental concerns that the bottom half of the economic pyramid face on a daily basis.. His areas of expertise include technology development, the digital media/3D process, new product research and […]Read more
In collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and VII Photo Agency, I served as the Artistic Director for the exhibitionRead more