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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.

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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

Samara Watkiss

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Samara studied Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Cross-Cultural Communication with a focus on Spanish and Arabic at Tufts University. She has been a set designer, built pedal-powered machines in Guatemala, and worked with refugee families in the Salt Lake school system. Since 2012 she has lived in the Boston area and worked as an Interaction Designer at InContext Design. An avid traveler, bicycle-commuter, kindness-proponent and co... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Last iteration of the Quarter, though there’s still more to do

Although I feel I’m just getting started with these iterations of my new App idea for CapMetro, our quarter is coming to a close. Our Rapid Iteration and Creative Problem Solving class has been an eye opening study for me on understanding systems, making digital renderings, and working through step-by-step details of process. I started the quarter with the assignment as given- redesign the existing CapMetro app. While I started the first few iterations just sketching, sharpie to paper, a…
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