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Austin Center for Design

Austin Center for Design exists to transform society through design and design education. This transformation occurs through the development of design knowledge directed towards all forms of social and humanitarian problems.

1 Year Course in Interaction Design & Social Entrepreneurship

We offer a one year course—held at nights and on weekends in Austin, Texas—that emphasizes creative problem solving in the context of social issues, like poverty and nutrition. Students learn about human behavior, humanizing technology, and business strategy. The program is ideal for designers, business/marketing professionals, artists, and technologists with several years of experience. We also encourage more established professionals who are looking to change the trajectory of their careers to apply.

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Explore our Resource Library

We've made available dozens of lectures, readings, and worksheets from our curriculum - for free!

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AC4D's 2014-2015 Speaker Series

Join leaders in design, business and technology as they host talks and workshops focused on leveraging design in a strategic, thoughtful manner.

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Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving

AC4D published a book called Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving. It's a handbook for becoming a social entrepreneur.

You can read it for free, online!

Meet Our Students

Melissa Chapman

Melissa is an organizer, strategist, designer and an optimist. After graduating from Georgia Southern University with a BA in Cultural Studies, Melissa spent 5 years in the Pacific Northwest implementing citizen-driven grassroots political campaigns. After working on a very localized level to engage citizens and move specific policy, she is excited to promote a different strategy for influencing the world. Inspirations include product design so good that you don't notice it, music, combini... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Reiterating Simplicity: CapMetro App Redesign, Week 4

When our class began the assignment to redesign the CapMetro app (app for the public transportation system in Austin), I think we all wanted to make the app simpler to use. But simplicity means different things to each of us, whether it’s making an app that does just one thing very well or adding different functions to help users. This week I worked through the design again to refine what I mean by simplicity. In this iteration, the overall concept for…
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