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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

William Shouse

It is my working assumption that there is no single building block. There are only complexes of complex systems. I come to AC4D seeking comprehension of the principles of human functioning within these systems, and approaches of form in the governing complexes of generalized principles in the development of human interaction in society. To explore design as the form, communication the function, I'm trying to find out how we know, and preferably do in the state of accelerating acceleration and ep... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Six thinkers on design thinking

The current topic in our theory class is ‘design thinking’ which we’re exploring via the following essays, listed here in chronological order: Horst Rittel, Melvin Webber – Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning (1973) This is a foundational text where the authors, who were both professors at UC Berkeley, coin the term ‘wicked problem’, in the context of social policy planning. They define 10 characteristics that distinguish such problems, and contrast them to the ‘tame’ problems dealt with in…
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