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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

Kristine Mudd

Kristine Mudd is a designer who enjoys the discovery, play, analysis, and exploration that is part of her everyday life. Her desire to explore ideas creatively can be traced back to her years as a dancer. Trained in ballet and modern dance, Kristine uses her knowledge of movement to create an esthetic flow to her designs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an honors degree in International Relations, Kristine moved to New York City where she began to e... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Service Blueprinting: A simple yet effective tool to illustrate a complex narrative

The article entitled “Service Blueprinting: A Practical Technique for Service Innovation” was written by the professors Mary Jo Bitner, Amy L. Ostrom, and Felicia N. Morgan and deals specifically with what the title suggests, service blueprinting and how the method of service blueprinting has changed in the attempt to better focus customer experience. Service blueprinting exist with the goal of illustrating issues such as the service process, point of customer contact and the physical evidence associated with services from a…
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