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Designmatters at Art Center

Designmatters at Art Center

Community, 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.


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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  • ArtCenterAmy
  • elisa ruffino
  • Gustavo Machado
  • Hussein Mughrabi
  • Jacqui
  • printplace

Designmatters at Art Center explores the social and humanitarian benefits of design and responsible business.

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Designmatters at Art Center

1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
United States

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