“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.
Mariana Prieto (Product Design + DM Concentration ’12) is a teacher, strategist, and product designer. She uses empathy, creativity, and practicality as a base to explore innovative solutions that can positively impact the quality of life for a community. As the co-founder of Blue Barrel Concepts, Mariana leads research and ideation on concepts aimed at […]Read more
Saeri Cho Dobson (Communication and New Media ’00) is a graphic designer, educator and social entrepreneur. Over the past 18 years as she pursued her artistic and typographic voice, Saeri embarked upon an introspective journey which reconnected to her cultural roots as she searched for a higher purpose for design. Her MFA from Art Center […]Read more
Lester Ng (Graphic Design & Packaging ’85) has been a graphic designer and brand visionary for 29 years. His career began as a designer at Sidjakov, Berman & Gomez. While working under the renowned mentor Niclolas Sidjakov, he managed packaging and branding programs for clients such as 3M, Nestle, Del Monte and Sara Lee. Subsequently, […]Read more
Erik Molano (GRPH ’12) enjoys working closely with individuals and organizations to produce identity systems and experiences across print, screen, and spatial media. He utilizes the power of branding, typography, and art direction to communicate messages that matter. Currently, he is a designer at Microsoft and has worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District, […]Read more