“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.
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
Mirka Meyer started her career in 1995 as a graphic designer in New York. She has since built up a successful career as a communication and branding specialist for various corporations and agencies in New York, Los Angeles and Frankfurt. In 2002 she came to Berlin with Pentagram and shortly thereafter co-founded the branding agency […]Read more
Ramón Coronado (GRPH 09) has worked at Weiden+Kennedy, 72andSunny, SapientNitro, and Ferroconcrete. His works have been published in GOOD Magazine, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay Magazine, Current_, Fast Company and Gestalten. He’s exhibited in Pure DKNY, SFHT Pop-up, 2010 World Expo: Shanghai, Smithsonian, Cumulus 2010 and Fred Segal. Ramón studied in Switzerland under mentor Wolfgang Weingart and […]Read more
Art Center Alumna Gala Narezo’s Socially Innovative Projects Focus on Immigration, Sustainability and Mindful Education Gala Narezo (Photography and Imaging ’01) is also a graduate of Yale University. She started her career in television and film production before focusing on photography. Her projects have been exhibited internationally. Her book of photographs, “Locales,” documenting quickly disappearing […]Read more