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Human Rights Poster Project

Human Rights Poster Project

Communication, Arts & Culture, Education

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Through research, advocacy and action, Designmatters strives to engage students, faculty and staff in an ongoing exploration of the links between design and issues of social and humanitarian importance.

We believe that design, responsibly conceived and applied, can contribute to solving such contemporary challenges as sustainable development and providing for basic needs and services, including adequate public health, safety, education, housing and transportation.

We seek to forge collaborations with individuals, educational and cultural institutions, industry, community agencies and international organizations that yield tangible solutions to contemporary social challenges.


In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and through generous sponsorship by the France Los Angeles Exchange, this public education exhibition developed by the Department of Illustration will premiere this September at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as part of the annual UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference. The 2008 conference, which will convenes NGOs from around the world to address priority issues on the UN agenda, is entitled, “Reaffirming Human Rights: the Universal Declaration at 60.” Following its premiere in Paris, this Human Rights exhibition will have a prominent Pasadena, California venue in December as part of the Mayor’s citywide celebration for International Human Rights Day.

The exhibition was produced by a hand-selected multi-disciplinary team of Art Center students, and received key input and critique by Jacques Lange, Past President, International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda, 2007-2009 term) and DESIGN 21 Advisory Board member.

Designmatters at Art Center is the college-wide initiative enabling students to develop “real-world” solutions to critical contemporary issues. The program focuses on responsible business practices and social and humanitarian applications of design.

Illustration Department: Ann Field, Chair Amy Masgai, Director

Faculty: Martha Rich Esther Watson

Designmatters Mariana Amatullo, Director; Elisa Ruffino. Senior Associate Director, Producer; Hannah Huang, Research Coordinator

News & Events

3-5 September 2008: Exhibition at UNESCO, Paris, France (location, TBD)

10 December 2008: Exhibition in Pasadena, California, USA (location TBD)


Founded in 1930, Art Center College of Design has a long-standing tradition of teaching design with real-world relevance. This approach gained new focus and intensity in 2001 with the inception of the college-wide Designmatters Initiative, which oversees an ongoing portfolio of projects that address the convergence between design, business practices and social responsibility. Under the direction of the International Initiatives Department at Art Center, Designmatters is an effective model of educational engagement that connects academic practices to design-based explorations of real-world issues. In recognition of Designmatters’ service to society, Art Center is the first design school to receive Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status at the United Nations and Organization of American States. Designmatters’ key areas of inquiry include issues of public policy, human sustainable development, global healthcare and social entrepreneurship as these relate to the design disciplines.

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  • elisa ruffino
  • Adib Firdaous
  • Miss Pralina
  • Alex Rangel
  • ali hedayati
  • Ani Gevorgian

Human Rights Poster Project at Designmatters at Art Center explores the social and humanitarian benefits of design and responsible business.

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Human Rights Poster Project

1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
United States

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