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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Austin Center for Design faculty member Lauren Serota recently took place in the Design Management Institute’s futurED Summit. This summit gathered a group of design practitioners from leading consultancies and corporations, faculty from design and business schools, and students, in order to discuss the changing landscape of design. Serota explained that the summit “provided a rare opportunity for exposure to both academia and practice, and combined viewpoints from practicing designers, academics, and students.” The event put a lens on the employability of students emerging from design programs that focus on “design thinking”, and questioned if design should be better positioned within schools of design, or embedded in a larger, more broad academic setting.
There’s more information about the event available at DMI’s Summit site.
Austin Center for Design was featured in Day In The Lab in interactions magazine, the popular journal sent to members of ACM’s SIGCHI. The feature describes AC4D’s space and students, and is in both the printed and online version of the magazine. You can read it online here.
Austin Center for Design alumni Christina Tran recently presented at SXSWedu on the topic of Designing for Peer Learning. Her talk covered stories that illustrate many of HourSchool’s core beliefs. Christina has a great retrospective up, with audio and slides of the talk, here.
Check out this great article about Austin Center for Design’s student work, in CultureMap:
Jon Kolko, creative director of MyEdu (the visual resume-building and jobs platform for college students) and founder of the Austin Center for Design, sees interactive, digital design — that’s apps, online schedulers, content managers, websites, you name it — as the way to solve some of the “gnarly” social problems in our world, from the challenges of elderly care to the hoops same-sex couples jump through to start a family.
Read the whole article here.
Congratulations to Bethany Stolle for winning first place in the IxDA Student Design Competition. Among other great prizes, Bethany won a 6 month mentorship with the Interaction and Experience Research (IXR) team at Intel Labs!
You can watch her winning talk here. Congratulations, Bethany!