About DesignHub

Impact DesignHub is a cooperative studio course/ group where student designers work with community partners to solve design problems through design thinking. While working in teams, designers obtain cooperative non-profit agency experience in their undergraduate academic career. Community engagement remains the impetus of the group. Solutions include: non-profit branding, design, and promotional strategies as well as social media, web presence and other visual communication solutions.


Past Students


Designers are challenged to expand their comprehension of design problem solving for new audiences and explore various roles as professional designers when executing socially-minded work. Design teams use design methodologies for visual communication: identifying problems, design research, ideation, and implementation. Impact DesignHub is a place where design has a purpose.


Impact DesignHub is located in the Art & Design Center on the California State University, Northridge campus. Because DesignHub is non-profit, they only work with non-profits. Because students run all studio projects, the process and completion of all projects are over a semester (15 weeks) timeline.  Applications for pro-bono work are accepted twice a year:

For fall semester, applications due by July 25.
For Spring semester, applications due by December 1.
Summers are used as sabbatical time where designers are exploring techniques and strategies about design.

If you are a nonprofit and need assistance in branding, promotion, webdesign, exhibition design, book design, or public art, please contact faculty advisor, Dr. Paula DiMarco, paula.j.dimarco@csun.edu.


Thank you,


Dr. Paula DiMarco, paula.j.dimarco@csun.edu


Faculty advisor