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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

Ryan Hubbard

Ryan is a people-centered problem solver, with a penchant for pioneering institutions. He received his degree in Systems Engineering as part of the 3rd class at Olin College in Boston, worked on the product team for a web startup in London, and helped Ashoka pilot a program to accelerate social innovation in cities. He spends a lot of time falling off rocks and is constantly reminding himself to talk to strangers, since that always seems to lead to the best adventures. ... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Exploring Convergence

In chapter 4 of Innovation X, Richardson explains the concept of convergence and how it relates to identifying problem spaces and opportunities for innovation within new and existing products and companies. He defines convergence as “…the integration of multiple products and customer touch points to provide functionality, benefits, and a customer experience that would be impossible in a stand-alone product.” Convergence is an avenue to systemically addressing the increasing quality expectations of consumers, seamless experiences, and the need for market…
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