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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 Social Innovation and Design Education
2013-2014 Speaker Series

Join leaders in design, business and education as they host talks and invite conversation on business and design, how to rethink policy, and the changing notion of traditional education.

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Meet Our Students

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan is a problem solver and an instigator with a background in advertising, communication, and clinical/social psychology. He prides himself in the questions he asks and his ability to hold his breath for over two minutes. During his limited free time, he enjoys spending time with the people he loves and thinking about things like community, leadership, and designing for impact. He also really likes writing one-paragraph bios about himself in the third person. I would describ... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Sketching

  Sketching as a conversation with our ideas. In the cartoon world, a ponderous character’s thought is depicted by a cloud over their head linked to them with a series of disconnected bubbles.  The idea is floating there, precariously tethered; it’s almost as if a strong breeze could just blow it away.  In many ways this is an accurate portrayal of how the creative process can feel.  As we start to create, our ideas feel nebulous; a flux of chaos,…
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