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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.

Learn more about our 1-year course here »

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 Events

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

Learn more about our speaker series here »
Learn more about our Design for Impact Bootcamp here »

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

Chap Ambrose

Chap Ambrose is driven to design and develop useful and generous things. He has lent his skills to a spoonful of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. His background is in user-centered design, but his current muse is programming. I have a need to make things that matter. I grew up in a spiritual home where emphasis was placed exclusively on people and material artifacts were disregarded as temporary. Although my personal beliefs have evolved and I have been educa... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

CapMetro App Revamp: “Final” Iteration + User testing

Over the last 8 weeks in our Rapid Ideation and Problem Solving class we have been working on a redesign of Austin’s public transportation app which can be found in Apple & Android App stores under the name “CapMetro.”  Each week we have created a new iteration of the application, performed user testing using paper prototypes, and presented a new iteration of the design to our class for critique.  This week marks our “final” iteration. I’m using “final” in quotes…
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