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MDP/Lab+Field Wins the Core77 Educational Initiatives prize!

Core77 recently awarded the Media Design Practices/Lab+Field Curriculum Redesign Project an Educational Initiatives prize.

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Designmatters and Aspen Institute Examine the Social, Creative and Economic Impact of the New Culture of ‘Intrapreneurs’

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June 2014
By Sylvia Sukop

Art Center’s Dotted Line  reposts Mariana Amatullo’s Huffington Post article on the new culture of ‘intrapreneurs.’

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Designmatters Concentration Featured Student Ashley Pinnick

Get more insight into the Designmatters Concentration with our featured student, Ashley Pinnick (ILL).

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From the Garage to the Front Lines of Social Innovation: Learning From the Less Visible Traits of Intrapreneurs

Huffington Post
June 2014
By Mariana Amatullo

Huffington Post in collaboration with the Aspen Institute recently published Mariana Amatullo’s essay, reflecting on this year’s First Mover’s Summit and the growing importance of social intrapreneurs as change-agents within organizations.

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LEAP Article Published in Design Principles and Practices Journal

We are happy to share that an article by Mariana Amatullo,  “Codifying Practices in an Emergent Space: Insights from the LEAP Symposium on the New Professional Frontier in Design for Social Innovation” has been published by the Design Principles and Practices Journal Annual Review.

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‘Stand With Us’: Students Find Kinship with Homeboy’s Gang Intervention Program

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May 2014
By Benjamin Weiss

Art Center’s Dotted Line  repost of Art Center Film student Benjamin Weiss’ recent blog write-up  about his work with Homeboy Industries.

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Educational Technology for the Global Village: Worldwide Innovation and Best Practices

Designmatters contributes to this publication with a Safe Agua case study written by Penny Herscovitch, Dan Gottlieb and Mariana Amatullo.

Edited by Les Lloyd and Gabriel I. Barreneche

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Scholarship Seeds a New Generation of Sustainability Designers

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May 2014
By Anna Macaulay

Safe Agua Colombia students Carolina Rodriguez, Connie Bakshi and Rudy Rummel were recently selected as 2013-2014 Denhart Family Sustainability Scholarship recipients!

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The Most Wicked Problem of All: Implementation

Design for All: Year of the Woman (Issue 100)
April, 2014
By Mariana Amatullo

A short article written by Mariana Amatullo featured in the Design for All: Year of the Woman newsletter, along with other prominent women in the social impact design field discussing where design can have the greatest impact in the next five years.

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Learning from Abroad: When Government Meets Design

NEA Blog
April, 2014
By Camilla Buchanan

Designmatters is mentioned in this short blog post about the intersection of Government and Social Impact Design.

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Examples of Great Design for Everyone

Everyone Deserves Great Design
April, 2014
By Ehsan Noursalehi

Safe Agua Peru project Giradora  designed by Alex Cabunoc, featured as an example of great design that “simultaneously embraces desires and constraints, minimizes resource inefficiencies, optimizes value, and dignifies everyone.”

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Safe Agua Colombia: Calientamigos Wins an A’ Design Award

Art Center product design students Tianyi Sun, Della Tosin and Kevin Chang who also go by the name Team TDK, were recently awarded a Silver A’ Design Award for their Safe Agua Colombia project Calientamigos.

Calientamigos is a water heater and pressurized shower system that allows families living without hot running water to heat and pressurize water for bathing, cooking and cleaning.

The A’ Design Award and Competition is the worlds’ largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts and products & services.

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Designmatters Inaugural Newsletter

The Designmatters team is pleased to announce the launch of our inaugural newsletter.

Our Spring 2014 Newsletter features recent updates on Designmatters projects as well as information on our expanding Fellowship Program.

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To subscribe click here.

 

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Support Safe Agua Colombia Project Calientamigos in the UNICEF First 72 Hours Challenge

Safe Agua Colombia project, Calientamigos designed by Art Center Product Design students Tianyi Sun, Della Tosin and Kevin Chang has advanced to the next round of the UNICEF/Socialab First 72 Hours Challenge. Take a moment, click on the link below and vote for Calientamigos. Every vote counts!

 

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Estudiantes colombianos y estadounidenses intercambiaron experiencias de diseño para la innovación social

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March 2014

The Safe Agua Colombia team is making very exciting progress and working closely with Techo Colombia and the families of Altos de Pino.

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A High Wire Act: Ethical Dimensions of Social Impact Design



Snack4Design
March 2014
By Mariana Amatullo

In this short blog post, Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo discusses the ethical challenges of social impact design.

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Pasadena’s Real Change Movement Helps the Homeless, One Parking Meter at a Time

Pasadena Now
March 2014
By Rachel Young

Pasadena Now covers the upcoming launch of the Pasadena Real Change Movement Campaign an outcome of the Designmatters Fall 2013 Real Change studio.

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Wendy MacNaughton Publishes Book of Illustrations

Art Center alumna Wendy MacNaughton (Fine Art/Design ’99) recently published an illustrated book entitled “Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words.”  In this collection of illustrated documentaries, Wendy pays homage to the city of San Francisco, through a series of drawings that show a variety of San Francisco natives in their respective neighborhoods. The illustrations are accompanied by quotes of her subjects that give the drawings a beautiful, yet playful realness.

Wendy describes the book as,  “A real, actual paper book that you can buy, read, draw on, make notes in, tear pages out of and leave on top of a mailbox for someone else to pick up.”

“Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words” is available in hard copy and digital form on Amazon as well as Itunes and be sure to check out some of the press coverage, notably the NY Times and Fast Company articles.

 

 

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The ICSID World Design Impact Prize

The ICSID World Design Impact Prize recently announced the 2013/2014 cycle winning design.

The World Design Impact Prize (WDIP) is a biennial award, which recognises projects from around the globe that use industrial design focused solutions to improve our social, economic and environmental quality of life.

Click here to view a video about the finalists.

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Safe Agua Peru: GiraDora Designer, Alex Cabunoc on TakePart Live

Last night, Art Center Product Design Student Alex Cabunoc was interviewed on TakePart Live about his award winning Safe Agua Peru project GiraDora.

GiraDora is the world’s first human-powered washer and spin dryer designed specifically for people living on $4-10 per day to increase efficiency and improve the experience of hand-washing clothes.

You can view the interview here.

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Autodesk Launches the Autodesk Foundation

Congratulations to Lynelle Cameron, John Cary and everyone at Autodesk on the launch of the  Autodesk Foundation.

The Autodesk Foundation is the first foundation to focus investment exclusively on the people and organizations using design for impact.

 

To learn more check out this Public Interest Design article on the recent Autodesk Foundation launch.

 

 

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Participate In This Survey On Design Attitude

Public Interest Design
February, 2014

Public Interest Design promotes Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo’s recently launched survey that takes the concept of “design attitude” and connects it with key activities and dynamics that characterize design in the social innovation context.

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The Return on Design in the Public Sector Requires That We Analyze Its Effectiveness First

Good Magazine
February, 2014
By Mariana Amatullo

GOOD reposts Mariana Amatullo’s recent Designmatters blog piece.

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Mariana Amatullo to Attend First Movers Summit II in Aspen

Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo will be a special guest at the Aspen Institute’s First Movers Summit II.

Over the course of a weekend, Aspen Institute Fellows and invited guests will share knowledge about how social intrapreneurs are changing the game in business and developed approaches for amplifying their impact.

Summit attendees include intrapreneurs from Google, Toyota, Levi Strauss & Co and Microsoft, along with experts in business, philanthropy, and social innovation.

February 28 – March 2, 2014
The Aspen Institute
Business & Society Program
Aspen, Colorado

 

For more info click here.

To see outcomes from the Inaugural First Movers Summit click here.

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SLED Grant Applications Due Week 9

Student Leadership Education and Development (SLED) Grant applications are due Friday of WEEK 9.

SLED Grants are designed to catalyze opportunities for Art Center students that directly shape their leadership development. The Fund is intended to support co-curricular activities that clearly complement a students learning at Art Center by developing a students leadership competencies as well as amplifying their exposure and engagement to a variety of topics and issues important to college-wide educational outcomes. Students can receive up to $500 individually or $1000 as a registered club, if awarded, to help you fund your interest.

Click here to apply.

Deadline:  Friday of Week 9 (March 14)  at 12 noon.   You can email your application to cse@artcenter.edu or drop them off at the CSE Office/Room 200B.

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The Homeboy Project Kickoff

Homeboy Industries has partnered with Designmatters and the new INLAB (Insight Lab at Art Center) on a Spring 2014 Graphic Design & Ad studio class that will elevate the brand and amplify its presence in Los Angeles.

“The Homeboy Project” launched a couple weeks ago with special guest Alison Camacho, Director of Marketing and Communications at Homeboy Industries.  She shared valuable insights into the 25 year old organization that the students will now use to begin the ideation phase of this  transmedia project.

Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the world. They have provided thousands of “second chances” for young men and women through their various social enterprises.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!

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New USC Master’s Program to Breed Business-Savvy Social Entrepreneurs 

Los Angeles Times
February 2014
By Ronald D. White

USC’s Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, founded by Adlai Wertman, a long time friend and partner of Designmatters, announced the launch of a 1 year Masters of Science in Social Entrepreneurship, the first program of its kind in the country.   Professor Wertman has lectured on social enterprise business models for Designmatters’ Safe Agua classes, and MBA students from the BSEL lab have been Teaching Assistants for Safe Agua.  Read and hear more about the program in this article and video by the LA TImes, and keep an eye out for Designmatters publications in the background of the video!

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Desigmatters New Postcard Design

Check out our new Designmatters postcard and identity designed by Carlo Llacar (Graphic Design ’10).

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A’ Design Competition Call for Entries

A’Design Competition call for Entries is open and the Feb. 28 deadline is fast approaching.   See below for more info about the competition and how to enter.
A’ Design Competition  is one of the worlds’ most diffused and prestigious international juried design competition where entries are peer-reviewed and blind-voted by an international 50-person experienced jury panel of outstanding scholars, established professionals and influential press members. Since 2009, the competition attracted 30,000 participants from 150 vcountries.

Click here to download the call for entries PDF.

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UNICEF Innovation Unit Predictions for 2014

UNICEF Stories
January 2014
By Chris Fabian & Erica Kochi

LEAP Symposium outcomes mentioned in this UNICEF Innovation Unit article.

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UNICEF and Socialab launch Global Emergency Relief Innovation Challenge

The first 72 hours after a disaster are critical in terms of helping those most affected. Children are lost, families are without access to fundamental services, and first responders lack coordination and support. To that end, UNICEF and Socialab have teamed up to organize a global contest – First 72 Hours – to find the best ideas for addressing pressing humanitarian needs like those most recently seen in Syria and the Philippines.
First 72 Hours seeks innovators worldwide to find solutions to the first 72 hours after the on-set of a humanitarian disaster. Innovation projects are sought in the areas of:

1. Communication and Information
2. Water and Food
3. Health
4. Energy

The two winning teams will receive USD15,000 in seed capital, mentoring by Socialab, and the opportunity to travel to Chile to prototype their projects on the ground with potential end-users, with the potential to be scaled by UNICEF.

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LAUSD and Art Center Partner Against Gun Violence

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January 2014
By Sylvia Sukop

Art Center’s Dotted Line blog covers The LAUSD implementation of the “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program.

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Best of 2013: The Top Nine Public Interest Design Milestones

Good Magazine
December 2013
By John Cary

LEAP Symposium listed as one of top nine public interest design milestones of 2013 by Good Magazine.

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View from the Bridge: Saluting Graduating Students and Art Center’s Social Impact on Healthy Drinking Water and Food

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December 2013
By Lorne Buchman

Art Center President, Lorne Buchman writes about the Fall 2013 graduation ceremony and highlights Designmatters’ Safe Agua Colombia project.

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Best of 2013: The Top 10 Public Interest Design Videos

Good Magazine
December 2013
By Katie Crepeau

LEAP Symposium documentary listed as one of the top 10 public interest design videos of 2013 by Good Magazine

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Happy Holidays from Designmatters

Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton for LEAP Symposium 2013
Holiday Card designed by Carlo Llacar

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Proximity Awarded 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize

Designmatters partner, Proximity Design was recently awarded a 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize for their work in Yangon, Myanmar.   Art Center student  Geoff Brewerton (Graphic Design) worked with Proximity over the Summer, as part of his Designmatters Business for Social Innovation Fellowship.

Proximity Designs is an award-winning, social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar.  They design and deliver affordable, income-boosting products and services that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families.

The Curry Stone Design Prize champions the belief that design can be a powerful force for improving lives and strengthening communities. It is intended to inspire both designers and a broad audience by telling the stories of change agents in short documentary videos.

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Applications are Open for the 2013/2014 IDEO.org Global Fellowship Program

Do you have what it takes to be an IDEO.org Fellow like Art Center and Designmatters Concentration alumna Mariana Prieto?

The IDEO.org Global Fellowship Program fosters social sector leaders of the future. By bringing together talented people from the design, business, and social sectors, IDEO.org Fellows are working, learning, growing and innovating to make the world a better place.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – January 6, 2014

Click here for more information.

 

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Grateful for What Designers Bring to the Table: Honesty––its Power to Change the Conversation and the World

The Dotted Line
November 2013
By Sylvia Sukop

Art Center’s Dotted Line blog reflects on LEAP Symposium, and honesty defined as openness.

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New Design Pathways, New Ideas

Design Institute of Australia
November 2013
By David Mellonie

The Design Institute of Australia covers LEAP Symposium.

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At the Art of the Matter: Art Center’s President Urges Students to Act Globally

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November 2013
By Charlie Peters

Outlook Pasadena profiles Art Center President Lorne Buchman and several of Designmatters’ most socially innovative projects.

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Building Entrepreneurial Confidence Guest Lecture

As part of the Art Center Dialogues Series sponsored by Toyota, James Barlow from Tufts University is giving a guest lecture on Building Entrepreneurial Confidence.

November 12, 2013
Art Center College of Design (Ahmanson Theatre)
Pasadena, California

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Mariana Amatullo on Honesty

Design Observer
November 2013

Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo shares her thoughts on honesty, as part of the Design Observer’s Insights Per Minute: Series 3.

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New LEAP Symposium Documentary Directed by Erik Anderson

A short documentary film directed by Erik Anderson (Graduate Broadcast Cinema ’12) detailing the recent LEAP Symposium held at Art Center College of Design.

LEAP brought together 100 national thought leaders, educators, designers and practitioners from business, international development and social enterprise to address one central issue: the emerging career pathways for designers in the social innovation space.

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Public and Collaborative: Exploring the Intersection of Design, Social Innovation and Public Policy

The Designmatters DESIS Lab is delighted to be included in this publication by The DESIS Network, edited by Ezio Manzini and Eduardo Staszowski. Designmatters’ own Mariana Amatullo contributes an essay on the Teen Art Park project, on page 117.

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Designmatters Partners With LAUSD to Make Guns “Uncool”

Dot Magazine
October 2013
By Sylvia Sukop

Art Center’s Dot Magazine covers the LAUSD implementation of The Where’s Daryl?” Educational Toolkit.

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Earthquake PSAs Around the World

American Geophysical Union Blog
October 2013
By Austin Elliot

The American Geophysical Union Blog features the “Preparedness Now” earthquake scenario video created by Grad Media Design Alum, Theo Alexopoulos for USGS, to raise awareness for the California ShakeOut drill, which falls on October 17 this year.

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LEAP Day 3: Tools and Takeaways to Activate Social Innovation Career Tracks

Dotted Line
October 2013
By Teri Bond

Art Center’s Dotted Line blog covers day 3 of the LEAP Symposium.

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Shaping Design Education at LEAP Symposium

Design Observer
October 2013
By Andrew Shea

Design Observer essay about the recent Designmatters hosted,  LEAP Symposium and the topic of emerging career pathways for designers in the social innovation space.

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LEAP Day 2: Designing Strategies for the Future of Social Impact Design Careers

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October 2013
By Christine Spines

Art Center’s Dotted Line blog covers day 2 of the LEAP Symposium.

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A bold LEAP in an Emergent Field: “Creative Citizens” Forge New Pathways in Design and Social Innovation

Dotted Line
October 2013
By Sylvia Sukop

Art Center’s Dotted Line blog covers day 1 of the LEAP Symposium.

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Design Alone is Not Enough to Create Social Impact

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September 2013
By Sami Nerenberg

Sami Nerenberg from Design for America shares her experiences participating in the first LEAP Symposium held at Art Center College of Design.

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Leap Symposium Starts Thursday

LEAP Symposium, kicks off this Thursday, September 19, at Art Center, running through Saturday, September 21. Addressing the theme of “The New Professional Frontier in Design for Social Innovation,” LEAP will unite an impressive list of 100 national thought leaders, educators, designers and practitioners from business, international development, and social enterprise to address the emerging career pathways for designers in the social innovation space.

 

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Pasadena City Council Approves Armenian Genocide Monument

Los Angeles Times
September 2013
By Joe Piasecki

The Pasadena City Council approved Art Center student, Catherine Menard’s Armenian Genocide Memorial design in a unanimous decision Monday night.

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Art Center: Design for UNICEF Final Presentations

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August 2013
By Chris Fabian

UNICEF covers the inaugural Media Design Practices/Field track ”Design for UNICEF” course at Art Center College of Design.

‘Design for UNICEF’ is an interdisciplinary design programme where graduate students examine some of the challenges UNICEF faces and work in groups to research and prototype solutions.

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La lavadora a pedal puede ser usada sin esfuerzo

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August 2013

teleSur tv features Safe Agua Peru outcome GiraDora, in this short video segment.

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Mariana Prieto (Product Design + DM Concentration ’12) Awarded a 2014 IDEO.org Fellowship

IDEO.org recently announced its Fellowship Class of 2014 and Art Center Alumna Mariana Prieto (Product Design + DM Concentration ’12) is one of the select few.   Out of 444 applicatons, only 7 were chosen for this prestigious fellowship.

Mariana Prieto is a design evangelist. 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 a teacher, strategist, and product designer, Mariana has leveraged design as a tool to inform and iterate upon existing systems around the world.

The IDEO.org Fellowship Program fosters design leaders of the future. Basically, it’s a mash-up of wildly passionate and talented people from the design, business and social sectors: three IDEO designers and a collection of promising leaders from around the globe. For twelve months, these Fellows are working, learning, growing and innovating to make the world a better place.

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Desis Network: Informal, Formal and Collaborative

The Desis Network recently announced a new Informal, formal and collaborative cluster spearheaded by Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network Coordinator, Carla Cipolla, Rio de Janeiro Federal University UFRJ DESIS Rio Group, Brazil, and Mariana Amatullo, Designmatters DESIS Lab, U.S., that will focus on designing in underserved communities.

Informal, Formal, Collaborative (IFC): Designing in Underserved Communities, aims to capitalize on the rich social and human resources that exist within underserved communities, where processes of dynamic change are happening despite resource-and service-constrained environments.  This Cluster will investigate situations and cases for design and collaborative services as opportunities for social leapfrogging.

DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability), aims at using design thinking and design knowledge to co-create,with local, regional and global partners, socially relevant scenarios, solutions and communication programs.

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Art Center Designs Selected for the Official Mandela 95 Poster Collection

Three Art Center  students will have their poster designs showcased as part of the Official Mandela 95 Poster Collection Zarina Mendoza, David Iker Sanchez and Jasveer Sidhu participated in a Designmatters and Graphic Design Department collaboration with faculty member Leonard Konopelski. The students were given the assignment of designing a poster to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s lifelong contribution to humanity.

The Mandela Poster Project received over 700 contributions from all over the world. The committee selected 95 designs to represent the 95 years of Nelson Mandela’s life thus far.  The 95 posters will be exhibited around the world and will eventually be auctioned by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

To view the poster collection click here.

Click here to view news coverage of the Mandela 95 exhibit hosted by Pretoria University in South Africa.

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Design Schools: À La Carte Talents

Ottagono Magazine
July 2013
By Aldo Colonetti, Luisa Collina and Michele Capuani, and analysis of the selected projects by Valentina Auricchio

A series of writings in Ottagono Magazine on the topic of food Practice in the world’s design schools, features Art Center College of Design and highlights the work of Jim Bogenrief (Graphics ’12) and Betsy Kalven (Graduate Media Design Practices).

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Every Designer Who Wants to Address Poverty Should Watch This

Good Magazine
July 2013
By Mary Slosson

This short interview with Art Center faculty member Penny Herscovitch highlights the Safe Agua Peru documentary “Hands in the Mist” directed by Erik Anderson (Graduate Broadcast Cinema ’12).

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Designmatters and frog Present The Collective Action Toolkit Workshop

On Friday, July 12, 11am-2pm David Sherwin from Frog Design, San Francisco will be hosting a special workshop on the Collective Action Toolkit, which frog design developed to help groups of people creative positive change in their communities.

The CAT is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the groups work to accomplish a goal.

The CAT Workshop will take place in the Art Center, FDR.

Limited space is available.  RSVP to muireann.mcmahon@artcenter.edu

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Designmatters Co-Founder, Mariana Amatullo, Adds a Voice for Socially Conscious Design to the Executive Board of Cumulus

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June 2013
By Christine Spines

Art Center’s Dotted Line blog covers Designmatters’ Vice President, Mariana Amatullo’s appointment to the Executive Board of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.

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Reducing Gun Violence, One Middle School Class at a Time

Good Magazine
June 2013
By Elisa Ruffino

The Uncool Initiative outcome “Where’s Daryl?” implemented at Vista Middle School in Panorama City, CA.

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Can Gun Culture be Rebranded as Uncool?

KCRW Blog
June 2013
By Frances Anderton

Frances Anderton interviews Mariana Amatullo and Elisa Ruffino about the Uncool Initiative and “Where’s Daryl?” as part of an ongoing story around combating the scourge of gun violence in the U.S.

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Art Center Brings Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to AGLA

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June 2013

The Uncool Children’s Books and “Where’s Daryl?” Educational Program presented at the Aveson Global Leadership Academy in Pasadena.

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100 Ideas Que Cambian El Mundo

Semana Sostenible
May 2013

National Colombia magazine  Semana Sostenible includes Designmatters as one of the top 100 ideas of merit and an interview with Mariana Amatullo in its social innovation issue.

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Global Public Interest Design 100

Public Interest Design
May 2013
By John Cary and Megan Jett

Public Interest Design posts 2nd infographic representing 100 people and teams working at the intersection of design and service. The infographic features Art Center students and designers of GiraDora,  Ji A You (Environmental Design) and Alex Cabunoc (Product Design).

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Design School Publishes Anti-Gun Violence Children’s Books

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May 2013
by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Public radio station KPCC covers the Uncool Children’s book reading and illustration workshops.

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Designmatters Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Designmatters was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant to help fund the 2013 Designmatters Symposium.  For this grant cycle, the NEA awarded $26.3 million in grants to 817 nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

For more information click here

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Alleviating Poverty With A Washing Machine Powered By Your Feet

Fast Company
April 2013
by Patrick James

Fast Company interview with GiraDora designers Ji A You (Environmental Design) and Alex Cabunoc (Product Design).

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Hallowed Ground

Pasadena Weekly
April 2013
by André Coleman & Kevin Uhrich

Catherine Menard (Environmental Design) unveils her design for Pasadena’s Armenian Genocide Memorial.

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Safe Agua Peru Documentary Shortlisted for the 2013 AICP Awards

The Safe Agua Peru film Hands in the Mist (directed by Erik Anderson and edited by Jorge Sandoval) was recently shortlisted for the 2013 AICP (Association of Independent Commercial Producers) Awards

The winners will be announced June 6 at the AICP show in NYC.

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Design and Social Impact Q + A: Mariana Amatullo

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April  2013
by Cynthia E. Smith

Mariana Amatullo discusses her work with Designmatters, in relation to the findings of the 2012 Social Impact Design Summit white paper that chronicles the Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact panel discussion she participated in.

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Uncool Children’s Book Illustration Workshop Series

Please join us for the Uncool “Imagine a World Without Guns” children’s book illustration workshop series.  Beginning April 6, Designmatters will be hosting a series of book readings and creative workshops at various Pasadena library branches. These workshops are inspired by the outcomes of the Uncool 2 Studio in which Art Center students wrote and illustrated their own children’s books with the goal of creating viable vehicles for anti-gun messages in children ages 6-7 years old.

April 6, 2013 (1pm – 3pm)
Central Library Branch
Pasadena, CA

April 13, 2013 (10:30am – 12:30pm)
Lamanda Park Branch
Altadena, CA

April 15, 2013 (10:30am – 12:30pm)
San Rafael Branch
Pasadena, CA

April 20, 2013 (11am – 1pm)
Hastings Branch
Pasadena, CA

April 30, 2013 (3:30pm – 5:30pm)
La Pintoresca Branch
Pasadena, CA

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Dynamic Panel Discusses Women in Leadership

Algumwood Consulting Blog
March 2013
by Katie Høiland

A short blog post about the Women in Leadership in Nonprofits and Corporate Philanthropy panel discussion that took place on February 15 at the Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Design for UNICEF Showcase

Please join us as we present “Design for UNICEF,” a showcase of groundbreaking projects by Media Design Practices graduate students from Art Center College of Design who will share insights from their design research and prototypes created at the UNICEF Innovation Lab in Uganda.

March 28, 2013 (10am – 11:30am)
Danny Kaye Visitors Centre at United Nations Plaza
New York, NY

To RSVP email – SBAKANOSKY@UNICEFUSA.ORG

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A Different Model for Design Education

Metropolis Magazine
March 2013
by Sherin Wing

An article highlighting the new Designmatters Media Design Practices Graduate Program.

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Student Leadership Education and Development (SLED) Grant – Deadline March 15

Student Leadership Education and Development (SLED) Grants are designed to catalyze opportunities for Art Center students that directly shape their leadership development. The Fund is intended to support co-curricular activities that clearly complement a students learning at Art Center by developing a students leadership competencies as well as amplifying their exposure and engagement to a variety of topics and issues important to college-wide educational outcomes. Students can receive up to $500 individually or $1000 as a registered club, if awarded, to help you fund your interest.

Deadline:  Friday of Week 9 (March 15)  at 12 noon.  The application is available for download below. You can email them to cse@artcenter.edu or drop them off at the CSE Office/Room 200B.

The SLED Grant is an Art Center initiative led by The Center for Student Experience (CSE).

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Tears of a Nation

The Pasadena Weekly
February 2013
by Nick Smith

An article featuring Catherine Menard (Environmental Design) and her winning design from the Designmatters, Armenian Genocide Memorial: Design in the Public Space for Reflection and Remembrance studio.

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Art Center Alumna Ariel Lee, Book Reading at the Grand Park Downtown Bookfest

Check out the Grand Park BookFest in downtown LA this Saturday, March 2nd.  Art Center alumna Ariel Lee will be reading at 3:40pm from her children’s book Mark and the Jellybean Monster, part of the Designmatters Uncool: Anti-Gun Violence Project at the Writ Large Press Pop-Up Book Shop.

The Uncool Book Project is one of many creative outcomes developed by students at Art Center College of Design as part of Uncool: The Anti-Gun Violence Project. This studio, hosted by Art Center’s Illustration department, focused on the development of four children’s books as a viable vehicle for anti-gun messages.

Click here for more info about the Grand Park Bookfest.

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Designmatters Featured on Korean Television Network EBS

Check out the EBS spotlight on Designmatters and the Safe Agua Peru projects GiraDora and Balde a Balde.  The piece features Art Center faculty members Dan Gottlieb, Penny Herscovitch; Product Design Chair Karen Hofmann; as well as Safe Agua Peru students Alex Cabunoc, Ji A You and Kimberly Chow.

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Designmatters Concentration Student Interviews

DM 2012 summer intern, Hannah Lee put together this short video featuring a few of the Designmatters Concentration students sharing their experiences in the program.

The Designmatters Concentration is where Art and Design meets social change. It is about translating meaningful ideas into actionable solutions and connecting students educational studies to their design explorations–explorations centered on critical issues that are happening now, that are affecting people all over the world.

Click here to view the video.

To learn more about the DM Concentration click here.

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Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact – Panel Presentation

In February of 2012, Mariana Amatullo participated in the Social Impact Design Summit, where designers, inventors and funders from across the globe discussed strategies and actions to advance the field of socially responsible design.

A year later, a white paper outlining the Summit’s findings was published.  On February 21, leaders in the field of social impact will reconvene at the Greene Space at New York Public Radio for a panel discussion focusing on the white paper’s recommendations and proposals for how best to move forward and develop this burgeoning field.

Intelligent Coalitions: Design and Social Impact will be moderated by Cynthia E. Smith and feature Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Bell, Krista Donaldson and Ezio Manzini.

The event organized by Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum is free and open to the public, to register click here.

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Designmatters Featured on Korean TV Network, EBS

The Korean Television Network, EBS (Educational Broadcasting System) recently shot a feature at Art Center about Designmatters and the Safe Agua Peru project GiraDora.  The program will air February 9, 2013,  3:50pm to 4:40pm (Korean time).  The program will only air in South Korea but if you can view online here, after February 12.

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ASHOKA U Exchange 2013

If you’re interested in exploring design for social impact and connecting with other university students working in the social innovation/entrepreneurship space, checkout the ASHOKA U Exchange in San Diego, February 21-23

If you plan on attending, contact Designmatters, so that we can connect you to our friends at Ashoka U.  Applications are due February 4.

For more info click here.

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Dell Social Innovation Challenge: Call for Entries

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. They provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors.

The deadline to enter the 2013 Challenge is January 28, 2013.

For more information click here.

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10 Of The Year’s Best Designs for Social Good

Fast Company
January 2013
by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

Safe Agua Peru outcome GiraDora, designed by Alex Cabunoc (Product) and Ji A You (Environmental) listed as 1 of the 10 best Designs for social good by Fast Company.

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A Decade That Matters: Leading the Way in Social Innovation

The Dot Magazine
January 2013
by Alex Carswell

An article documenting ten years of Designmatters’ social innovation.

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December 2012
by Miguel Jurad0

This interview with Designmatters Vice President Mariana Amatullo, for the national design magazine DNI,  of the premier newspaper in Argentina, Clarín,  features an overview of Designmatters and profiles the work of Safe Agua Chile and Peru students.

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Public Interest Design 100

Public Interest Design
November 2012
By John Cary and Megan Jett

Public Interest Design posts (first of its kind) infographic representing 100 people and teams working at the intersection of design and service. The infographic features Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo.

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Inspiring Women

The Atlantic
November 2012

A gallery of innovators and the women that have inspired them the most, featuring Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo and her mentor Dr. Selma Holo.

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Tech Museum Awards Celebrates Innovators for the Poor

The Mercury News
November 2012
by John Boudreau

An article highlighting the 2012 Tech Awards, featuring a quote by Art Center alumna and Tech Awards Laureate, Mariana Prieto (Product ’12).

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Safe Agua Peru Team Awarded 25k at the 2012 Tech Awards

Mariana Prieto (Product Design ’12),  Kimberly Chow (Product Design) and Jonathan Beckhardt, (MBA Candidate 2013, USC Marshall School of Business)  represented the Designmatters’, Safe Agua Project at the 2012 Tech Awards and were awarded the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovators Award along with a $25,000 prize that will help to further development the Safe Agua Peru outcomes,  Balde a Balde and GiraDora.

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Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

The Change Observer
November 2012
by William Drenttel & Michael Mossoba

Leaders from various disciplines, (design, engineering, architecture and management) from across the country convened to share ideas about the future of design education for social impact at the Winterhouse Third Symposium on Design Education.

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Design Ignites Change, Idea Awards: Call for Entries

The Design Ignites Change, Idea Awards recognize and honor powerful and provocative social change concepts. One award of $1,000 and two awards of $500 each will be given to students whose innovative project ideas have the potential to ignite positive social change.

The awards are open to individuals pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in art, architecture or design at any accredited college or university worldwide.  Projects developed in 2012 and 2013 are eligible.

The deadline for submissions is January 4th, 2013.

For more information click here.

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“We Are Youth” Campaign Wins Spark! Award

The UNFPA “We Are Youth” Campaign was recently awarded a 2012 Spark: Communications Award.

The campaign will be showcased in China, during Guangzhou Design Week 2012 which will take place at the Guangzhou Poly World Trade Center, December 7-9.  It will also be on display at the annual Spark Design Awards Exhibit held in San Francisco, at the Autodesk Design Gallery starting January 18, 2013.

The “We Are Youth” campaign aims to be a powerful call-to-action for achieving the goals set forth in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), specifically the agenda guiding UNFPA’s mandate to advance the human rights of young people and ensure meaningful youth participation in decision-making processes.

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Safe Agua Peru Team to Attend The Tech Awards 12th Annual Gala

On Thursday evening, November 15, 2012, an anticipated audience of 1,400 will gather in Silicon Valley for The Tech Awards 12th Annual Gala.

Mariana Prieto (Product Design ’12),  Kimberly Chow (Product Design) and Jonathan Beckhardt, (MBA Candidate 2013, USC Marshall School of Business) will be in attendance to accept the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovators Award, for their work on the Safe Agua Peru project.

The Safe Agua Peru project, hosted by the Environmental Design Department, was headed by faculty Dan Gottlieb and Penny Herscovitch (Environmental Design),  Liliana Becerra (Product Design), Julka Almquist (Humanities & Design Sciences).

Students  from Product Design, Graphic Design, Environmental Design and Broadcast Cinema all worked together with families from Cerro Verde, Peru, to come up with viable and cost effective solutions to the water poverty problem in the community.   Prototype testing in the field, led by Product Design student Mariana Prieto  with the families of Cerro Verde and the Un Techo team was a key driver of some of the success of the award-winning design outcomes of the project such as  GiraDora and Balde a Balde, which are the two key stellar innovations from Safe Agua Peru being recognized by this award.  The Laureates are Kim Chow, Alex Robert Cabunoc, Ji A You, Mariana Prieto and Jonathan Beckhardt (MBA Candidate 2012 USC Marshall School of Business)  who are also now part of the 2 NCIIA E-Teams that continue forward incubating these projects.

The Tech Awards are a signature program of the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA  that honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to significantly improve human conditions in 6 awards categories. Click here for more information about this year’s laureates.

The Designmatters Department at Art Center is deeply proud for the ongoing accomplishment of all involved in the Safe Agua Peru initiative.

The Tech Awards 12th Annual Gala will take place at the  Santa Clara Convention Center.  For more info or to purchase tickets click here.

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Art Center to Offer Student Leadership Education and Development (SLED) Grants

Student Leadership Education and Development (SLED) Grants are designed to catalyze opportunities for Art Center students that directly shape their leadership development. The Fund is intended to support co-curricular activities that clearly complement a students learning at Art Center by developing a students leadership competencies as well as amplifying their exposure and engagement to a variety of topics and issues important to college-wide educational outcomes. Students can receive up to $500 individually or $1000 as a registered club, if awarded, to help you fund your interest.

Deadline:  Friday of Week 9 (November 9)  at 12 noon.  The application is available for download below. You can email them to cse@artcenter.edu or drop them off at the CSE Office/Room 200B.

The SLED Grant is an Art Center initiative led by The Center for Student Experience (CSE).

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Safe Agua Peru Team Honored as Global Innovators Using Technology to Benefit Humanity

ICSID
October 2012

An article about the Safe Agua Peru project, which was recently recognized as a 2012 Tech Awards Laureate.

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The UNFPA “We Are Youth” Campaign is a Finalist in the 2012 Spark Awards

The 2012 Spark: Communication Awards recently named Designmatters and UNFPA partnership project, the  “We Are Youth” campaign as a finalist.

The campaign will now move on to phase two of the competition. Winners will be announced at the annual Spark Design Awards Exhibit held in San Francisco, at the Autodesk Design Gallery January 18, 2013.

The “We Are Youth” campaign aims to be a powerful call-to-action for achieving the goals set forth in the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), specifically the agenda guiding UNFPA’s mandate to advance the human rights of young people and ensure meaningful youth participation in decision-making processes.

For more info click here.

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Exploring Design at the UNICEF Innovation Lab in Uganda

UNICEF/Field Notes
October 2012

A blog post about the MDP/Field Practices students recent research trip to the UNICEF Innovation Lab in Uganda.

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Want Transformative Tech That Actually Does Good? Check Out This Year’s Tech Awards Laureates

The Washington Post
October 2012
by Jolie O’Dell

An article highlighting the 2012 Tech Awards Laureates, one of which is the  Designmatters’  Safe Agua Peru project.

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Safe Agua Peru Film is a Finalist in the Arclight Documentary Film Festival

The Safe Agua Peru film Hands in the Mist (directed by Erik Anderson and edited by Jorge Sandoval) is a finalist in the Arclight Documentary Film Festival.

The contest is based upon Youtube views and  Facebook likes, so check out the links below and please vote soon and often.

For Facebook votes click here.

For Youtube votes click here.

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Safe Agua Peru Recognized as a Laureate for the Young Innovators Tech Award

The Designmatters Safe Agua Peru project has been recognized as a laureate for the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovators Award.

Designmatters partnered with the  Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi Pais and its Innovation Center (now known as Socialab) to co-create innovative design solutions to overcome water poverty with families living in Cerro Verde, a 30,000-person slum [asentamientos] perched on the hillsides surrounding Lima, Peru.

The Safe Agua Peru project, hosted by the Environmental Design Department, was headed by faculty Dan Gottlieb and Penny Herscovitch (Environmental Design),  Liliana Becerra (Product Design), Julka Almquist (Humanities & Design Sciences).

Students  from Product Design, Graphic Design, Environmental Design and Broadcast Cinema all worked together with families from Cerro Verde, Peru, to come up with viable and cost effective solutions to the water poverty problem in the community.   Prototype testing in the field, led by Product Design student Mariana Prieto  with the families of Cerro Verde and the Un Techo team was a key driver of some of the success of the award-winning design outcomes of the project such as  GiraDora and Balde a Balde, which are the two key stellar innovations from Safe Agua Peru being recognized by this award.  The Laureates are Kim Chow, Alex Robert Cabunoc, Mariana Prieto and Jonathan Beckhardt (MBA Candidate 2012 USC Marshall School of Business)  who are also now part of the 2 NCIIA E-Teams that continue forward incubating these projects.

The Tech Awards are a signature program of the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA  that honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to significantly improve human conditions in 6 awards categories. Click here for more information about this year’s laureates.

The Designmatters Department at Art Center is deeply proud for the ongoing accomplishment of all involved in the Safe Agua Peru initiative.

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The Social Network

Frame Magazine Issue #88
September 2012
by Vera Sacchetti

An article featuring projects from the award winning Safe Agua Peru studio.

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Mariana Amatullo Listed in Fast Company’s 50 People Shaping the Future of Design

Designmatters Vice President Mariana Amatullo has been named 1 of 50 People Shaping the Future of Design by Fast Company.

The Fast Company editors describe these 50 individuals as people who are pushing the boundaries of their discipline into promising new directions. And what unites all of them is that their projects will affect not only how we live today but also what life might look like just a few years down the line.

Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Written for, by, and about the most progressive business leaders, Fast Company and FastCompany.com inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations, and create the future of business.

To read the full article click here.

Also, check out the 50 Designers Shaping the Future Infographic.

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Art Center Students Named Finalists in the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

Alex Cabunoc, Ji A You (GiraDora) and Kimberly Chow (Balde a Balde) have been named finalists in the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Awards.

These recognitions will appear in Fast Company’s October 2012 issue, which hits news stands on September 18th.

The winners will be announced October 16 at the 2012 Innovation by Design Awards Ceremony in New York City.

GiraDora and Balde a Balde are both outcomes of the award winning Designmatters project Safe Agua Peru.

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Safe Agua Chile Projects Showcased in Portland, Oregon and St. Louis, Missouri, As Part of the on-going “Design with the Other 90%” Exhibition

Back in October of 2012, Safe Agua Chile projects Gota a Gota (students – Stella Hernandez, Nubia Mercado, Diane Jie Wei), reLAVA (students – KC Cho, Jacqueline Black) and Research Methodology Cards (faculty – Penny Herscovitch, Dan Gottlieb, Liliana Becerra) were featured in the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s “Design with the Other 90%: Cities” Exhibition at the United Nations.

The exhibition has now moved to the Mercy Corps’ Action Center as well as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, both in Portland, Oregon; and will be on display through January 5, 2013.   You can also catch the “Design with the Other 90%: Cities” Exhibition at the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Safe Agua is a social innovation collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and Chilean NGO Un Techo Para mi Pais (Un Techo). This unique combination of design education, design research, and social entrepreneurship aims to help families in Chile’s campamentos (slums) overcome water poverty.

Click here for more info about Design with the Other 90%

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Designmatters Project Receives the Sappi, Ideas That Matter Program Grant

Desigmmatters with Design Development Lead Maria Moon, Art Center College of Design faculty member and alumna (Graduate Media Design, ’08) are one of the thirteen recipients of the prestigious SappiIdeas that Matter grants for the anti-gun violence campaign Where’s Daryl?

The pilot campaign is intended to benefit middle-school children in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was informed by the expertise of a select number of youth experts from community-based organizations in Los Angeles.

The campaign was originally conceived by  by students Thomas Banuelos  (Film), Damon Casarez (Photography), and Alex Cheng (Graphic Design)  in the Designmatters TDS. “Uncool,” one of the key outcomes of an ongoing set of communication campaigns on the subject of anti–gun violence, supported in part by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

“Where’s Daryl?” teaches students the reality and negative impact of juvenile violence and guns through fun and engaging curriculum tools

Click here to read the Sappi press release.

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Alumna Stephanie Sigg Designs 2012 Democratic Convention Logo

This fall’s Alumni Spotlight is on Stephanie Sigg’s design of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Logo for The Democratic National Committee for the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Click here to read more about Stephanie and her design.

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Safe Agua Peru Projects Shortlisted for Dyson Award

Safe Agua Peru projects GiraDora (designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You) and Balde a Balde (designed by Kim Chow) have been shortlisted for the James Dyson Award.

The shortlist is comprised of the top ten entries from each of the 18 countries involved in the competition.  GiraDora and Balde a Balde have moved on to the next stage of judging and are now in the running to win the grand prize of £20,000.

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

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Designmatters Projects Featured in NCIIA Video

Safe Agua Peru projects, GiraDora by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You and Balde a Balde by Kimberly Chow are featured along with Art Center faculty Dan Gottlieb and Penny Herscovitch, in this short video about the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

GiraDora and Balde a Balde both received E-Team grants from the NCIIA to support the process of taking their designs from the idea stage to prototype and eventually to market.

Click here to watch video.

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How A Foot-Powered Washing Machine Could Change Millions Of Lives

Fast Company
July 2012
by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

An article about Designmatters’ Safe Agua Peru project GiraDora designed by Ji A You and Alex Cabunoc.

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8 Student Inventions That Could Change the World

Fast Company
July 2012
by Ariel Schwartz

An article that features Designmatters’ Safe Agua Peru projects Balde a Balde designed by Kimberly Chow and GiraDora designed by Ji A You and Alex Cabunoc, as well as 6 other innovative student designs.

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Designmatters Featured in KCRW’s Blog

Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo recently presented at the Global SoCal initiative along with Debbie Aung Din of Proximity Design and  Dr. Ken Pickar of Caltech.

Click here to check out the KCRW blog post about the Global SoCal event.

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Art Center Students Win Big at the 2012 Core77 Design Awards

Designmatters Safe Agua Peru projects Balde a Balde and GiraDora  are both winners in the 2012 Core 77 Design Awards.  Four other Art Center projects were also honored with student awards from Core 77!

Balde a Balde (Spanish for “Bucket to Bucket”) designed by Kimberly Chow, is a portable faucet that delivers a flow of water from any container.

GiraDora, designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You, is a human-powered washer and spin dryer, increases the efficiency and improves the experience of hand-washing clothes for women living without access to running water.

The Core 77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and the brilliance of its practitioners.  There are 17 categories of entry that provide designers, researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts.

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IDSA, International Design Excellence Awards: 2012

Designmatters’ Safe Agua Peru projects GiraDora and Balde a Balde were awarded gold prizes at the 2012 IDSA, International Design Excellence Awards. Out of 660 finalist, only 35 were awarded gold and Art Center topped this year’s list of college wins with eight awards!

GiraDora designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You, is a human-powered washer and spin dryer, that increases the efficiency and improves the experience of hand-washing clothes for women living without access to running water.

Balde a Balde (Spanish for “Bucket to Bucket”) designed by Kimberly Chow, is a portable faucet that delivers a flow of water from any container. It makes the convenience and health benefits of running water available to the 46% of the global population living without it.

Three other Safe Agua Peru projects were also finalists in this year’s competition; Caja del Tesoro by Viirj Kan & Seth Weissman, Soap Buddy by Carlos Vides and Clean + Smart by Mariana Prieto & Alexandra Yee.

The IDSA/IDEA awards are a celebration of design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.

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Award Winning Alumnus John X. Carey Releases New Film

Alumnus John X. Carey (Film ’11) recently released a powerful short documentary on undocumented youth entitled “Illegal.”  The film was independently financed by Houston philanthropist Curry Glassell, and is a compassionate look at undocumented youth in the United States. Through a series of interviews with undocumented kids, activists, policymakers, non-profit leaders, educators and members of the clergy “Illegal” seeks to raise the consciousness level of the American public regarding the importance of full immigration reform.

To view the film click here.

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Safe Agua Peru Documentary Going to Cannes

“Hands in the Mist,” the Safe Agua Peru documentary directed by Erik Anderson (Broadcast Cinema), edited by Jorge Sandoval (Film) and sound designed by Ben Lazarus (Film Alum), has been shortlisted for the Young Directors Award at Cannes.  The film is a collaboration with with the Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi Pais and follows the Designmatters Safe Agua Peru project, in which Art Center students co-created innovative design solutions to overcome water poverty with families living in Cerro Verde, a 30,000-person slum perched on the hillsides surrounding Lima, Peru.

Click here to view the documentary.

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Designmatters Projects Showcased at Dwell on Design 2012

As an official partner of the West Coast’s largest design event, Dwell on Design 2012, Art Center will have a 1,000 sq ft exhibition space, featuring student and alumni work in product and Environmental Design.  Designmatters’ award winning  Safe Agua Peru projects, Balde a Balde and GiraDora, will be featured alongside five other outstanding Art Center designs.

Dwell on Design 2012, will be held from June 22-24 at the LA Convention Center.

For more info on the event, click here.

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TEDx Event at Art Center

The student organized TEDx event is coming to Art Center June 9.  The theme of the all day event is “Design a ________ for Social Impact” and will feature 11 speakers, 2 bands, a gourmet lunch, and lots of other cool stuff!

Click here for details and to register.

For more info, check out the Core 77 article.

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Mariana Amatullo Receives Special Dell Social Innovation Educators Award

Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo was recently awarded the prestigious Outstanding Leadership in Social Innovation Education Award from Dell. Designmatters celebrates this award, which is also a tribute to the decade long contributions of Art Center’s students, faculty and staff through the department.

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Designmatters Featured in New Jon Kolko Book

Designmatters Vice President Mariana Amatullo is quoted in Jon Kolko’s new book entitled Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving. In the book, Kolko discusses the idea of involving end users in the entire design process and how this could affect the overall design solution.

Jon Kolko is the founder and director of Austin Center for Design, a progressive educational institution teaching interaction design and social entrepreneurship. His work focuses on bringing the power of design to social enterprises, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and large-scale industry disruption.

Click here to read an excerpt from the book, and here to purchase a copy.

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Safe Agua Peru Project Selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge

Safe Agua Peru project Vitamigos has moved on to the Semi-Finals of the  Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC).  As a  semi-finalists, Vitamigos designers Cora Neil and Thomas Kong will receive mentoring from a DSIC-Certified Mentor to help refine their project page and required finals materials. They will also be in the running for 1 of 5 grand prize cash awards totaling $105,000.

Vitamigos creates a new, fun, playful, and interactive experience for moms and kids that combines water purification and nutrition in a tasty beverage.

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas.

Click here to learn more.  The contest runs through May 13, so be sure to register and vote!

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Core77 Design Awards 2012: Meet the Jury, Mariana Amatullo – Educational Initiatives
March 2012

Core77 interviews Mariana Amatullo, jury captain for the Educational Initiatives category, about her team members and also gets some insight into her thoughts on the critical crossroads facing design education.

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Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network Features Designmatters Project

The Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN) features the Designmatters realworld studio, Project Coastal Crisis in it’s latest newsletter.

The newsletter entitled “CIMTAN Snippets” showcases the work of  Project Coastal Crisis’  Aquateam with students German Aguirre, Derrick Tan, and Jessica Lee.  They developed an interactive display/game that illustrates the benefits of IMTA ( Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture.)

Project Coastal Crisis is a collaboration between Designmatters and the Aquarium of the Pacific.  The project challenged students to develop educational campaign strategies and products to bring public awareness about the impact of Sea Level Rise in Southern California Coastal communities.

The  Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN) is a network of researchers with complementary expertise from across Canada that promote and practice the IMTA concept.

Click here to download the “CIMTAN Snippets” newsletter.

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Art Center Students Create Nationwide Colorectal Cancer Awareness Campaign

A mixed media campaign to promote colorectal cancer screening, spearheaded by Art Center College of Design, The American Cancer Society and the Mayo Clinic Center for innovation, has been adopted by more than 60 organizations affiliated with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and launched in conjunction with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Family PLZ! is a collaboration between Designmatters and the Graphic Design department. The campaign was designed by Graphic Design, Advertising and Graduate Media Design students in a trans-disciplinary studio class led by faculty members Dirk-Mario Boltz, Jason Brush and Allison Goodman.

Initially launched in Fall 2011, with renewed support during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month that is being observed throughout March 2012, the Family PLZ!  campaign uses contemporary media channels and social networks to promote family history as a key factor in the need for colorectal cancer screening.

For more info about the Family PLZ! campaign click here.

Download the full press release here.

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2012 Core77 Design Awards, Educational Initiatives Jury Line-up Announced

Core77 recently announced the jury panels for the upcoming 2012 Core77 Design Awards.   Designmatters Vice President, Mariana Amatullo was selected jury captain of the Educational Initiatives category.  Joining her are; Karen Hofmann, Director of Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory, Chair of Product Design, Art Center College of Design,  Alexandre Hennen, Director of Continuum Los Angeles and Johanna Blakely, Managing Director & Director of Research, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.

Katherine Bennet, Associate Professor of Industrial Design, Humanities and Design Science,  is also representing Art Center as an adjudicator for the Core77 Awards.  She was chosen to be a member of the Strategy and Research jury!

Launched in 1995, Core77 serves a devoted global audience of design professionals, corporations, students, enthusiasts and fans.  The Core77 Design Awards celebrate the richness of the design profession and its practitioners by recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise.

The contest is now open for entries. Submit by March 13 for 20% off entry fees.

To learn more click here.

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A Bright Idea: Solar-Powered Lighting Gets Portable

GE: ecomagination
February 2012
by Earnest Beck

Mariana Amatullo featured in this GE: ecomagination blog entry about an innovative solar powered portable light designed by graduate architecture students at New York’s Columbia University to address the lack of electricity in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

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Pedal Power Brings Clean Clothes to Poor

Earth Techling
February 2012
by Jeanne Roberts

A short article about award winning Safe Agua Peru project GiraDora designed by Alec Cabunoc and Ji A You.

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MásDeco/La Tercera
February 2012
by Soledad Garcia-Huidobro

An article that features Designmatters frequent collaborators Un Techo para mi País Chile, whose Innovation Center was recently selected to be 1 of 7 finalists in the ICSID World Design Awards for the ongoing Safe Agua Project.

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Picturing a Better Day for Bad-Weather Shelter

Pasadena Sun
February 2012
by Adolfo Flores

An article highlighting the recent Friends of the Bad Weather Shelter Campaign, a collaboration between Designmatters and the City of Pasadena.

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Safe Agua Wins Big at the 2011 Spark International Design Awards

The 2011 Spark Awards had a total of 445 top notch entries.  Six out of six Safe Agua projects were finalists. The Safe Agua team walked away with the highest honor, the Spark! Award for GiraDora, as well as a Gold Award for Balde a Balde and a Bronze Award for VitAmigos.

GiraDora (design team, Alex Cabunoc & Ji A You) is a human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase efficiency and improve the experience of washing clothes by hand.

Balde a Balde (designer, Kimberly Chow) Spanish for “Bucket to bucket”  is a portable faucet that provides running water from any bucket.

VitAmigos (design team, Thomas Kong & Cora Neil)  is a new fun, playful, and interactive experience for moms and kids that brings together water purification & nutrition in a tasty beverage.

In addition to the awards, the winner’s work will be showcased in Spark’s unique design exhibition at San Francisco’s Autodesk Design Gallery and at the Guangzhou Design Week in early December.

Spark is a community of designers and creative people, bound together by the idea that design can make significant, positive changes in the world and help make it better. They promote these ideals through the annual organization of international design competitions, exhibitions, blogs and workshops.

SAFE AGUA Peru is a collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design,  the Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi Pais and its Innovation Center.  Safe Agua aims to co-create innovative design solutions to overcome water poverty with families living in Cerro Verde, a 30,000-person slum [asentamientos] perched on the hillsides surrounding Lima, Peru.

To learn more about Safe Agua Peru click here.

Click here to read the Spark Awards press release.


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GradID Student Siddharth Vanchinathan Awarded Prize, Along with Caltech and SaintGITS Team Members

The past year GradID student Siddharth Vanchinathan along with other select Art Center students participated in a joint project with Caltech and SaintGITS that took them all the way to Kerala, India to conduct field research. The Caltech class entitled Design for Development was led by visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ken Pickar.  Instructor Nathan Allen (Product Design) served as the Art Center faculty mentor for the team. The goal of the class was to come up with innovative solutions to help industrial laborers in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India.

Siddharth was part of the Ideabag team along with Alta Fang (Caltech), Stephanie Kato (Caltech), Cinny Sunny (ST GITS) and Sajith Sundar (ST GITS). They designed a gravitational mixing process that could considerably lessen the workload of the laborers at the Vembanad Chemicals facility in Kottayam.

As part of the class, the team/project with the best final paper with a commitment to continue implementation wins a $1000 prize. The Ideabag team plans to use the funds to help facilitate future prototyping and engineering costs when implementing the first pilot in Kottayam.

To learn more about the project check out Siddharth’s blog

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Safe Agua Ducha Halo, Selected for a Design Ignites Change Implementation Award

Safe Agua – Ducha Halo has been selected by the jury for a Design Ignites Change Implementation Award.  The awardees are given a financial grant to help fund the implementation of student initiatives with powerful and provocative solutions.  In addition to the grant, Ducha Halo is also featured on the Design Ignites Change website.

Ducha Halo an outcome of the Safe Agua Chile studio, is an affordable pressurized shower solution that brings the dignity and well-being of a hot shower to people living with no running water and inconsistent electricity.

Design Ignites Change is a world studio program that supports designers and architects who want to make a difference.

To learn more click here.

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2012 Open Minds Conference to Feature Safe Agua Peru Projects Balde a Balde and GiraDora

Safe Agua Peru project’s Balde a Balde and GiraDora are part of a select group of student design projects that will be showcased at the NCIIA 2012 Open Minds Conference,  March 22-23 in San Francisco.

Open Minds is the acclaimed annual exhibition of cutting-edge innovation from NCIIA’s best student teams. The exhibition takes place each year during NCIIA’s annual conference, and is an opportunity for student teams to demonstrate their products and companies, and receive local and national media coverage.

To learn more click here.

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Ezio Manzini, Founder of DESIS to Lecture at Art Center

Designmatters, Graduate Media Design and the Humanities and Design Sciences Departments are hosting a guest lecture by Ezio Manzini, Founder of DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability).

Ezio Manzini is a professor at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York. For more than two decades, Manzini has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests are focused specifically on social innovation as a major driver of sustainable changes and what design can do to support it. With this perspective, he founded and currently coordinates DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability). DESIS is a network of design labs (Designmatters/Art Center is one of the labs) based in design schools and design-oriented universities actively involved in promoting and supporting social change.

Design as a Catalyst of Social Resources: How Designers Can Trigger and Support Sustainable Changes
February 16, 2012  5PM
Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles Times Media Center

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Safe Agua Peru Projects in the Dell Social Innovation Challenge

Safe Agua Peru projects Balde A Balde, GiraDora and Vitamigos are in the running for a Peoples Choice Award from the Dell Social Innovation Challenge.

Balde a Balde designed by Kim Chow (Product Design) and Carlos Vides (Environmental Design),  is a portable faucet that delivers pipeless running water from any bucket, alleviating many of the health and financial costs of using stagnant water.

GiraDora designed by Alex Cabunoc (Product Design and Jia You (Environmental Design) is a human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase the efficiency and improve the experience of washing clothes by hand.

Vitamigos designed by Cora Neil (Environmental Design) and Thomas Kong (Product Design) creates a new, fun, playful, and interactive experience for moms and kids that combines water purification and nutrition in a tasty beverage.

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas.

Click here to learn more.  The contest runs through May 13, so be sure to register and vote!

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Safe Agua Team to Particpate in DSIC Venturelab at University of Texas, Austin

As NCIIA Sustainable Vision Grantees, key members from the Safe Agua Peru team will be attending the Dell Social Innovation Challenge Sustainable Vision Venturelab to share preliminary design outcomes from the course and continue learning strategies to move the projects further.

The VentureLab is an intensive, five-day, highly experiential and immersive workshop designed to enhance the success of your venture. Participants develop strong, sustainable business models that create products or services for the benefit of people living in poverty.

The lab will be held at the University of Texas, Austin – January 12-16, 2012

To learn more click here.

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Demythologizing Design: Another View of “Design with the Other 90%: CITIES”

Change Observer
December 2011
by David Stairs

David Stairs shares his thoughts about the “Design with the Other 90%: CITIES” Exhibit at the United Nations, where the Safe Agua Chile project was recently showcased.

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Happy Holidays from Designmatters

Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings from Designmatters.

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Desis Exhibition Presented in China

In September, Mariana Amatullo and Eduardo Strakowskij curated a special Desis Exhibition at the Denver Cumulus Conference.  In October, this same exhibit was presented at The Tao of Sustainability Conference in Beijing along with special case studies from China.  The Desis Exhibition is an outcome of the Desis Network and aims to encourage discussion on the global state of the art of social innovation and sustainability.

The DESIS Network is a constellation of autonomous but interconnected DESIS Labs. Given this system architecture it offers the very unique possibility to integrate local and global points of view and to promote open design programs where a variety of projects converge, tackling complex problems and generating larger scenarios.

For more info on the Desis Exhibition click here.

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Pasadena Foothills Magazine 50 Creative People

The most recent issue of Pasadena Foothills Magazine’s 50 Creative People features several of Art Center’s best and brightest.

Click here to read the full magazine online.  Download PDF here.

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Safe Agua Featured on Smithsonian Channel Mini-Series

The Smithsonian Channel is currently airing the  Design with the Other 90% documentary mini-series which includes interviews with faculty and students from the  Safe Agua project as well as documentary footage from Broadcast Cinema alumna Elizabeth Bayne’s Safe Agua Documentary. Click here for showtimes

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Tedx Event at Art Center

The Impact • Design for Social Change (student organization) headed by Mariana Prieto (Product Design) and Erik Molano (Graphic Design) has been busy organizing Art Center’s very own Tedx event that will address design’s important role in social impact.  The event will take place June 9, 2012.  Students can participate by enrolling in the TEDx course supported by Designmatters.

For more info on how to get involved contact Mariana Prieto at  artcenter.impact@gmail.com

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November, 7  2011
by Kristie Wang

Product Design Alumni Jessica Yeh and Narbeh Dereghishian’s award winning Safe Agua, Ducha Halo project is featured in Ashoka’s Changemakers  Idea ExChange blog with other socially innovative products focused on helping people around the world access clean water and use it more efficiently.

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Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

Change Observer
October 2011
by William Drenttel and Julie Lasky

An update on what transpired at the Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change.

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Safe Agua Project Included in National Level Showcase with Design with the Other 90%

Safe Agua Chile projects Gota a Gota (students – Stella Hernandez, Nubia Mercado, Diane Jie Wei), reLAVA (students – KC Cho, Jacqueline Black) and Research Methodology Cards (faculty – Penny Herscovitch, Dan Gottlieb, Liliana Becerra) will be featured in the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s “Design with the Other 90%: Cities” Exhibition at the United Nations (October 15, 2011-January 9, 2012)  The Smithsonian Channel will also be airing portions of The Safe Agua Documentary by Broadcast Cinema alumna Elizabeth Bayne, as part of a corresponding Design with the Other 90% documentary mini-series.

Safe Agua is a social innovation collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and Chilean NGO Un Techo Para mi Pais (Un Techo). This unique combination of design education, design research, and social entrepreneurship aims to help families in Chile’s campamentos (slums) overcome water poverty.

Click here for more info about Design with the Other 90%

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Art Center’s New Media Design Matters Program Featured in Change Observer

Change Observer
October 2011
by Julie Lasky

Introduction to Art Center’s Media Design Matters program, a new graduate track in social design that combines communications strategies with field work.

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Mariana Amatullo Featured in Taped Interview for Diseñadores+1 in Santiago, Chile

Designmatters own Mariana Amatullo is featured in a taped interview for Diseñadores+1 and El Diario Diseño.  Mariana discusses design education, social change and how Designmatters at Art Center College of Design is making a difference through our groundbreaking, award winning and socially innovative project outcomes.

Click here to watch the interview.

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Design, Social Innovation, and Graduate Design Education Panel

Mariana Amatullo will be a featured panelist alongside esteemed colleagues Anne Burdick, Chair, Graduate Media Design Program – Art Center College of Design,  Alan Chochinov, Chair, MFA Products of Design – School of Visual Arts, and Jamer Hunt, Director, MFA Transdisciplinary Design – Parsons the New School for Design.

With an introduction by
Manuel Toscano, Principal, ZAGO, AIGA National Director for Social Engagement

Moderator
Cameron Tonkinwise, Associate Dean for Sustainability, Parsons the New School for Design

And special guest
Christopher Fabian, Tech4Dev, UNICEF

The event is presented by Design for Good, an AIGA initiative and will take place October 19, 2011 at the US Fund for UNICEF.

Click here for details.

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Safe Agua Chile Ducha Halo Featured in New York Times Article

The New York Times
September 2011
by Donald G. McNeil Jr.

An article about recent Art Center Alumni Narbeh Dereghishian and Jessica Yeh’s award winning Ducha Halo portable shower system, which was an outcome of the Designmatters Safe Agua Chile Project in partnership with the Innovation Center, Un Techo Para mi Pais.

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The Designmatters Program Profiled by Design Ignites Change

Design Ignites Change recently began profiling college and university design programs that are integrating a socially responsible agenda into their curriculum and dedicating resources to support students in their creative efforts to make a positive impact  around the world. Designmatters at Art Center College of Design is the first to be featured in this new series.

Read more here

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Core77 Design Award 2011: Safe Agua, Notable for Design for Social Impact

Safe Agua addresses quotidian challenges of safe water access for families living in Latin American slum developments. Driven by field research in Santiago, Chile, the team designed innovative water solutions, implemented by the NGO client: 10 Mila community laundries, Relava kitchen workstations, and 1000s of Ducha Halo portable showers.

Click here to read more.

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Designmatters in the running for ICSID World Design Impact Prize

The World Design Impact Prize established by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) is an innovative and interactive design prize dedicated to stimulating socially responsible design projects and initiatives around the world.  Designmatters has been nominated for this prestigious prize.

To learn more click here.  Make sure you spread the word by tweeting and sharing with your friends.

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ACCD Library Creates Designmatters Resource Guide

June 2011

The James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library at Art Center College of Design has created a library source guide to support the Designmatters Concentration, focusing on the four core themes: Sustainable Development, Global Health, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship.

The resource guide can be accessed directly here (or though the Designmatters Resource page below).

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IDB hosts Safe Agua Exhibit in Washington, DC

June 2011

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is hosting an exhibit on innovative and affordable designs to provide safe water, internet solutions and entrepreneurship opportunities for people living in poverty.  Six different safe water solutions developed by Designmatters at the Art Center College of Design in partnership with the Innovation Center of Un Techo Para Mi Pais will be on display.

The exhibit will be in Washington, DC from June 6-10 at the atrium of the IDB’s headquarters.

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Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Art Center’s Designmatters Program

The Huffington Post
May 2011
by Alla Kazovsky

Introduction to Art Center’s Designmatters department as the first design institution to be declared a partner of United Nations as a NGO and its recent projects, including Mpala, Es Tiempo and Safe Agua.

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‘The Graying of AIDS’

Pasadena Weekly

by Carl Kozlowski
April 2011

Art Center exhibit focuses on America’s largest group of people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Open Minds: A meeting of the minds in DC highlights student innovations

Be the Change: Save a Life
March 2011

Brilliant minds and their game changing innovations gathered at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Saturday March 26th.

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Can Schools Teach Designers How to Solve the World’s Problems?

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by Ernest Beck
March 2011

An article about the fast growing trend of social design education at Art Center and other top design schools.

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Art Center Students to showcase work at Open Minds Exhibition in Washington D.C.

Open Minds is NCIIA’s (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance)  annual exhibition showcasing innovative products and designs by students from some of the top universities and colleges in the country.

Narbeh Dereghishian (Product Design) and Jessica Yeh (Environmental Design) are one of only 15 student teams selected by the NCIIA (National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance) to showcase their work at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. on March 26, as well as take part in an exciting video competition. The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturday from 10am – 2pm.

Narbeh and Jessica’s video entry  “Safe Agua – Ducha Halo,” is a short film documenting the process of developing an affordable and pressurized shower solution built for the developing world.  The Ducha Halo video captures the outcome of the Safe Agua Designmatters project  in collaboration with the Innovation Center of Un Techo Para Mi Pais.   Please support them by casting your vote on the Inventors Digest Website. The Competition ends March 14 so vote soon and often.

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Intelligent Design: Art Center Students work to create innovative solutions to real word problems.

Pasadena Magazine
January 2011
by Claire Standish

Interview with Environmental Design student Stephanie Rose Stalker,  designer of  SAFE AGUA community laundry center Mila.

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Le design social n’est pas si simple

Le Monde
October 29, 2010
By Hubert Guillaud

Designmatters Safe Agua Project is featured in the French Le Monde.

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The (Limited) Power of Good Intentions

Metropolis Magazine
October 2010
By Julie Lasky

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Art Center College of Design’s student creations/inventions are hits around the world

Angeleno Magazine
by Lisa Sweetingham

An article on the products designed by students to help those in need.

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Art Center College of Design’s student successes catalyze social innovation with “Safe Agua.”

International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) Newsletter

The Safe Agua project is profiled by ICSID in the council’s newsletter.

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The Designmatters Concentration at Art Center College of Design: Q&A With Mariana Amatullo

Core 77
By Core Jr

Mariana Amatullo interviews with Core77 regarding Designmatters Concentration.

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Camel Mobile Clinic Update

ChangeObserver
by Ernest Beck

An article updates Camel Mobile Clinic filed-testing in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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How to Run a Design Firm for Social Change

ChangeObserver
by Ernest Beck

An article that updates Camel Mobile Clinic filed-testing in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Es Tiempo

ChangeObserver
by Ernest Beck

A campaign to protect the health of Southern California’s Latinas overturns conventional assumptions of why these women fail to seek preventive measures.

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The Design Innovation Aspects of a Camel Saddle System

The design innovation aspects of a camel saddle system that integrates solar technology for mobile clinics in Africa (a Designmatters ongoing collaboration with Princeton and Nomadic Communities Trust) was profiled in several articles since December, 2009:

Solar Powered Camel Clinics Deliver Vaccines to Kenya
Wired UK/News Culture
By Michael Conroy

Using Camels to Deliver Health Care in Rural Africa
Toronto Star, Canada
By Craig and Marc Kielburger
*Also republished in the Huffington Post

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Greenz Magazine, Japan
By Yukiko Matsuoka

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After Shelter, Water

Despues del Techo, Agua

Interview to the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio and its week-end design magazine edition that featured the project.

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Six Solutions for Saving Water and Saving Lives

Fast Company
By Alissa Walker

Article introduces the outcomes of Designmatters “Safe Agua Chile” project.

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Reflections: The Designers Accord Global Summit on Sustainability & Education

Core77
By Andrea Mangini

An article about global summit activities and reports focused on sustainability and education, which was held by Designers Accord.

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Aspen Design Summit: Designmatters Report

DesignObserver

Mariana Amatullo reports on the Aspen Design Summit.

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The First Drop to a Life-Changing Story: Safe Agua Chile

Ashoka Tech
By Diana Corrales

Ashoka Tech blog profiles Safe Agua Chile Project and student process with weekly series.

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Safe Agua Chile

Articles highlighting the Designmatters Fall 2009 “Safe Agua Chile” project, conducted in partnership with the Santiago-based humanitarian organization “Un Techo Para Chile.” The studio is focused on products and environmental interventions to help slum-dwellers transport, store, efficiently, conserve and re-use water in their daily lives.

Gota a gota: La lucha por el agua en un campamento
La Tercera Newspaper, Chile
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U.S. Design School Teams Up with ‘Un Techo Para Chile’
The Santiago Times, Chile
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El Diario Diseno, Chile
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Escuela que disena Ferraris alivia la falta de agua en campamentos
El Mercurio Newspaper, Chile
By Lorena Guzman H.
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Six Solutions for Saving Water and Saving Lives
Fast Company
By Alissa Walker
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Reinventing the Wheel

Design21
By Paul Young

Article about the IMI porject and the Designmatters/Caltech Collaboration in the class “Engineering Design of Products for the Developing World.”

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Art School Confidential

Print Magazine
By Monica Racic

The Designmatters program is highlighted as one of the best philanthropy programs in design education.

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A Conversation with Mariana Amatullo

Oberholtzer Visual Culture

An interview with Mariana Amatullo regarding “The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get Ready” project.

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Book Review: The L.A. Earthquake Sourcebook

Core77
By Robert Blinn

A review of The LA Earthquake Sourcebook, which was released in collaboration with “The Great Southern California ShakeOut.”

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earthquakes, But Were Afraid To Ask

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By Marissa Gluck

Art Center is referenced here in this article about “The L.A. Earthquake Sourcebook.”

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Posters that Redeclare Human Rights

Print Magazine
By Paul Morris

This article describes the poster exhibition “Images from Human Rights: Student Voices” at Pasadena’s Central Library,  designed by sixteen Art Center students.

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5 W’s: Art Center College of Design’s Designmatters Initiative Helps Southern California Get Ready for the Big One

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By Tom Biederdick

Art Center is featured in this article about Designmatters and “The L.A. Earthquake: Get Ready” project.

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Students Let Their Voices Be Heard in Poster Exhibit

Pasadena Star News
By Janette Williams

This article features Art Center’s “Human Rights: Stuent Voices” exhibit at the Pasadena Central Library.

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The Writing on the Wall

Pasadena Weekly
By Joe Piasecki

Art Center’s exhibit “Human Rights: Student Voices” was featured in the Pasadena Weekly.

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Rehearsing for California’s Big Earthquake

Time Magazine
By Amanda Ripley

Mariana Amatullo an Art Center are mentioned in this article about the Southern California Shakeout.

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Crying Wolf About the ‘Big One’ Hasn’t Worked, So Let’s Party

Wall Street Journal
By Gabriel Kahn

This article references Designmatters’ role in organizing the “Get Ready Rally.”

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L.A. Preps for the Big One With Massively Multiplayer Earthquake

Wired
By Alexis Madrigal

This post showcases the earthquake response game “Aftershock.”

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When Designers Anticipate the Next Big One

Core77
By Mark Vanerbeeken

This article places Aftershock within the context of the larger design initiative “The Los Angeles Earthquake: Get ready.”

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Get Ready for the Big ShakeOut

Design21
By Mariana Amatullo

Mariana Amatullo outlines the Great Southern California ShakeOut.

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A Brighter Future

NEED Magazine, Issue 5
By Meghan Garrity

The Mpala project is profiled in this article on solar energy in the developing world.

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Deserve Your Dream: Design Education and Advocacy

Core77
By Mariana Amatullo

Mariana Amatullo, Vice President of Designmatters, speaks about design education for social change.

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Blowing Competitions Up, and Other Acts of Good Citizenship

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By David Stairs

Designmatters mentioned in this article on education as good citizenship.

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Design for the Other 90 Percent

Ping Mag
By Aroldo Cardoso Jr.

The Katrina Furniture Project is featured in this interview with Cynthua E. Smith, curator of the “Design for the Other 90%” exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt.

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Design Education: Designmatters at Art Center

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A post highlighting Designmatters.

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Cihuame Project: The Art of Helping

La Opinion
By Pablo Baler

An article featuring the Cihame photography project.

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Real World Education

Design21
By Sarah Lidgus

Designmatters program and projects profiled in Design21, a social design network in partnership with UNESCO.

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Projects & Principles

Metropolis
By Stephen Sacks

The Color Guard Mosquito Net developed in the GE Healthcare: Anywhere studio is featured in this article on product and industrial design work by students in the U.S. and Europe.

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Friends for 80 Years

Pasadena Star News
By Larry Wilson

This article highlights the “Action: Art Center and the United Nations” exhibit at South Campus.

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Designmatters: Let artists and intellectuals be an antidote to the consistent barrage of ‘what doesn’t work’

Pasadena Weekly
By Ellen Snortland

An article profiling the Designmatters initiative.

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Playing for Keeps: A Design Competition Kick-Starts AIDs Education in South African Town

I.D. Magazine
By Jessie Scanlon

This article features the work done in the Nyumbani Village project.

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