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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 Speaker Series

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 the speaker series 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

Ruby Ku

Ruby Ku is using design approach, appropriate technology and new business model to solve problems that are worth solving. She works at Thinktiv and splits her time between interaction design and program management. She loves good books, good conversations, and a good cup of coffee. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Toronto. Her heart beats equally for both places. I am not trying to “save the world”. I do, however, see it as my duty to leave the world a be... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Research Plan: Teenagers’ Food Choices and Eating Habits

Design research team: Crystal Watson, Lindsay Josal, Laura Galos. In our Interaction Design Research and Synthesis class, we’ve learned that the design process starts with research. Specifically, we are learning to use Contextual Inquiry to gain understanding and empathy for people who may be quite different from us. Starting from a shared interest in nutrition, we were curious about how younger people navigate decisions around food, especially when they are away from planned meals with their families. Our team has…
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