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14 Jackie Amezquita on Crossing Borders to Create Change

Jackie Amezquita graduated from ArtCenter's Fine Art department this past spring. Jackie, who entered the US illegally from Guatemala in 2003, finished her experience at ArtCenter with a timely and deeply personal final project: a 178 mile walk from the US/Mexico border in Tijuana to Downtown Los Angeles, completed over eight days and concluding with a symbolic bath in an oil drum. Jackie's life and work has been shaped by several extraordinary journeys that have called upon her...


13 Courtney Martin on Activism and Inspiring Social Justice Through Writing

Courtney E. Martin is a recognized author, cultural critic, TED Speaker, social activist and weekly columnist for the Webby Award-inning website, On Being. Her work is vulnerable yet powerful, filled with cultural insights and passionate appeals for social change to create a better world. Courtney has said that she writes the books she needs to read. In doing so, she is the literary equivalent of a first responder, lending her voice to some of today’s most urgent issues, bringing context,...


12 Chris Kraus on Writing Through a Mask

Chris Kraus is the rare writer to capture both the literary imagination and the pop culture zeitgeist. When her 1998 novel, I Love Dick, was re-issued in 2006, it was embraced as a feminist classic by a new generation. Among her admirers were the creators of two of TV's most progressive and popular shows: Girls by Lena Dunham, and Transparent by Jill Soloway. I Love Dick’s confessional narrative consists of a series of unrequited love letters which play out as a celebration of personal and...


11 Ellen Lupton on Design as Storytelling

Ellen Lupton is a design thinker of the highest order. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Thinking with Type (2004), which is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide. Her most recent book, Design is Storytelling, published in late 2017, explores the connection between good design and a compelling narrative. In this episode of Change Lab, Ellen makes a...


Yves Behar on Creating and Designing through Technology

Yves Behar is a Swiss-born entrepreneur and ArtCenter alum who has become the design world's reigning rockstar. The founder of his own industrial design and branding firm Fuse Project, Yves is a leading voice in establishing the relationship between design and technology, and how both function in our daily lives. Fuse's business model is on that focuses on social good, partnering with nonprofits to create groundbreaking products like One Laptop Per Child, See Better to Learn Better, and...


Paula Scher on Conjuring Instantly Recognizable Design

Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers working today. Having spent four decades at the top of the graphic design field, she has achieved iconic status. Paula was the first female principle to join Pentagram, the largest independently owned design studio. Even if you've never heard of Scher you know her work; She designed the logos of Citibank, Tiffany & Co., Microsoft Windows 8, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City's Public Theater and a slew of album covers by...


Amy Ziering on Giving Voice to Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker and producer Amy Ziering has spent much of her career fighting injustice. Her film work includes the films Outrage, about the hypocrisy of closeted gay politicians; The Invisible War, about the epidemic of rape in the military; and The Hunting Ground examining the prevalence of sexual assault on university campuses. While Amy may not think of her own work as courageous, many would disagree, saying that she focuses on bringing to light important...


07 Wendy MacNaughton on Telling Stories Through Illustration and Text

Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator, author, and graphic journalist whose work shines with warmth and humanity. One of her most recent works is a bestselling young adult novel that she created with her partner, author Caroline Paul, called The Gutsy Girl. Her history as a social justice worker and her passion for social justice are present in her work, which is regularly featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. In addition to The Gutsy Girl, Wendy's...


06 Niklas Gustafsson on Creating Meaningful Brand Stories

ArtCenter alum Niklas Gustafsson is the Global Director for PepsiCo’s Design and Innovation team, where his duties range from developing more sustainable and efficient packaging to developing healthier drinks and snacks at scale. All of this is in an effort to create a profitable model while positively impacting global health. Niklas discusses his upbringing in Sweden and how it sparked his passion for art and design in a larger cultural context. He also talks about the challenges of...


05 Mari Nakano - Using Design for the Social Good

Mari Nakano is a social impact designer and Artcenter alum at forefront of her profession. She was recently named the Deputy Director of the Service Design Studio at the New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. Previously, Mari spent four years as the Design and Interaction Lead for UNICEF’s Office of Innovation. Mari has dedicated much of her work to helping children and underserved communities worldwide. She can trace her journey from a house of makers and artists to a...


04 Sara Khoury - Designing for the User and Human Experience

Sara Khoury is an ArtCenter alum who specializes in user experience. She is now the Director of User Experience Design at Google, where she oversees product design for many of their apps including Google Hire. Previously, Sara led UED teams at Bank of America and Walmart Labs. With over 20 years experience at the intersection of design and technology in Silicon Valley, Sara continues to pioneer paths for female leadership in the tech field. She has cleared a path for women in Silicon...


03 Edgar Arceneaux - Using Critical Thinking to Share Stories

Edgar Arceneaux is an LA-based contemporary artist and ArtCenter alumni who strives to find awe and mystery in life. His body of work has been seen exhibited and performed internationally, and it celebrates the asking of penetrating historical and cultural questions, leading to thought-provoking, perspective-altering experiences. Edgar’s most recent piece Until Until Until is a live performance centered around a reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at...


02 John X. Carey - Balancing Art and Commerce in Film

John X. Carey is a filmmaker and ArtCenter alum with a commitment to bringing social conscience to commercial spots. He was one of AdWeek’s top 20 content creators of 2016, and with good reason. He launched his career in 2013 with Dove’s Real Beauty pieces, which quickly went viral and remain some of the most-watched internet commercial of all time. In addition to the well known piece for Dove, he has also created a recent piece for Apple about an autistic teen and a short film about...


01 Lynda Weinman - Taking Arts Education Online

Lynda Weinman founded in 1995 to provide wider access to popular digital arts courses she began teaching at ArtCenter. Often dubbed the mother of the internet, she transitioned from a focus on her successful book about web design to laying the foundation for the future of online learning. was truly the first of it’s kind, and it now offers over 6,000 courses in business, technology, and other creative skills. It was such a success that it was purchased by LinkedIn in...


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