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Austin Center for Design featured on KXAN

AC4D was featured on KXAN, in a piece that highlighted Anna Krachey and Scott Gerlach’s ongoing entrepreneurial work. You can watch the piece here.

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AC4D Professor Jon Freach on Fast Company’s Co.Design

Jon Freach’s article, How To Draw Critical Design Insights From A Single Photograph: Lessons From Frog, describes how to use imagery to tell an empathetic story. Read the whole article here.

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Austin Center for Design featured on Good Day Austin

Austin Center for Design was featured on Good Day Austin, with a great interview with both Professor Pat Marsh and alum Cheyenne Weaver. Check it out here!

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BringUp selected for the 2nd round of the $50K Arch Grants Global Startup Competition

Although Will Mederski and I may have been in radio silence around AC4D recently, that doesn’t mean we haven’t continued to work on BringUp.

This past fall we got our software about 2/3rds complete with help from 2 students from MakerSquare. The automated parent signup process now works, and you’re welcome to try it out by texting the number  27  to 512-861-8455.

This winter, we submitted BringUp for the 3rd Annual St. Louis Arch Grants Global Startup Competition (www.archgrants.org) This organization provides $50K grants to about 20 companies willing to relocate their headquarters to the St. Louis area, along with lots of free accounting, marketing and legal assistance. It’s free money, no strings attached. Will and I are proud to announce that BringUp has made it to the 2nd round of the 2014 competition!

The 2nd round is a bit of a lighting round, as we had one week to prepare a 3 minute YouTube video, as well as an additional presentation. Luckily, Will and I were readily prepared from the work we did last year at AC4D. Creating this material on top of SXSW and a bad case of strep-throat was no problem at all. Please check out our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v25N0fNBCCs

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AC4D Alumni at SXSWedu

Jonathan Lewis and Diana Griffin – alumni from AC4D – presented on a panel at SXSW. The panel, called Frameworks for Modern-Day Apprenticeships, was facilitated by Jonathan and featured Diana’s work at Girls Guild. Read more here – congrats, Jonathan & Diana!

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Welcome New Professor Kijana Knight

Austin Center for Design is pleased to announce that Kijana Knight will be joining the faculty. Kijana is a Principal Design Researcher at projekt202, where she works with clients ranging from Samsung to Pepsi to understand the impact that new technologies have on human behavior in physical as well as digital environments.

Welcome, Kijana!

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AC4D’s commitment to low-cost education featured in Fast Company

Austin Center for Design was featured in Fast Company’s recent article, “The $10,000 Design Degree: How to build a design portfolio without breaking the bank.” The article, part of a series on affordable education, highlights our commitment to low-cost, high-quality learning, and makes reference to the success of some of our student companies (like Girls Guild). The article describes how students at AC4D “…learn in small groups from passionate teachers with a holistic vision of design.”

You can read the article here, and read more about our commitment to low-cost education here.

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AC4D to Participate in LEAP Symposium

Austin Center for Design will participate in next week’s LEAP Symposium, an event that “brings together 100 national thought leaders, educators, designers and practitioners from business, international development and social enterprise at Art Center College of Design to address one central issue: the emerging career pathways for designers in the social innovation space.” We look forward to learning from our friends and colleagues at the event.

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Professor Jon Kolko to speak at HDC in Omaha on 9/6

AC4D Professor Jon Kolko will give the closing keynote at the Heartland Developers Conference tomorrow, 9/6; this event “is a 3 day software design and development event for professionals. The event consists of hands on classes, sessions, keynotes, networking events, and other related activities.”

Kolko’s keynote is at 3:15pm on Friday the 6th. If you are at the event, please say hi!

 

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Welcome new professor Deepak Surana

Austin Center for Design is pleased to announce that Deepak Surana will be joining the faculty. Deepak is the General Manager of Careers at MyEdu, where he is responsible for building their recruiting line of business with employers. Prior to working at MyEdu, Deepak held influential roles at Hoovers.com and Accenture.

Welcome, Deepak!

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