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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!

Check out our resource library here »

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.

Learn more about our speaker series here »
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

Alex Pappas

I’m a hungry bike riding doodler, who loves complex problem solving. I’ve lived in the US, Europe, and Asia, and love traveling light and getting lost. I enjoy making new things and talking about them, then making them better. At heart, however, I’m into old things, worn in things, things that have stories that can be told. I like those objects because they’re often attached to people who lead interesting lives, and those are the people I like to surround myself with.... Keep Reading »

From Our Blog

Mental Healthcare: Creation Continued.

This week was a week of reflection. It was time now to take all of the information that had been gathered. Print out all of the photographed whiteboard diagrams and scenarios, and do another round of synthesis on these new artifacts. I had to take a bit of a step back from my initial design plans and start to really focus on the narrative around the product, which will inherently determine the way the product is designed. Just to re-cap…
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