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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.

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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

Jaime Krakowiak

Jaime Krakowiak is an engineer and student of architecture dreaming of marrying logic and intuition through purposeful, user-centered design. Jaime has spent the last 10 years in Breckenridge, Colorado helping shape the landscape through water resources engineering and building homes that puncture the sky at 10,000 feet. Her path to interaction design has been cultivated through a constant curiosity and inquisitiveness in everything she comes across. She developed her love of taking objects a... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Design Research in the Context of Addiction

Just three weeks ago, Jeff, William and I began the design research process as students of AC4D by developing a plan focused on learning about what addiction can do to a family. We began by putting our assumptions and ideas about addiction up on a white board and talked through having the experts (not us) teach us what this wicked problem is all about. As new design researchers, it was natural for us to approach this subject with a beginner’s…
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