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Dan O’Halloran

Dan has always been awful at writing bio’s and has taken a roundabout path to get just about everywhere. A human ripe with experience in full pursuit of their passions in Austin at AC4D. Curiosity and an embrace of the word ‘fail’ are ever present traits in Dan’s experience in work and life.

Infatuated with the unfamiliar Dan packed his bags after completing a bachelor’s degree and worked in Asia. Experience working abroad coupled with a background in public service brought opportunity to work in The White House and later the Department of Defense. Self-exploration led to pursuit of language and carpentry work in Central America. A few projects later Dan found himself in the Black Rock Desert, building infrastructure for the Burning Man project. Thereafter, he interned at a FAB Lab in Barcelona. Dan worked and studied with computer machine tools to create and contribute to open-source projects. Strong interests in international relations, art, and the DIY approach have been a guiding light in Dan’s pursuits. Through the program he aims to understand his motives and better focus his energies to the betterment of all. Dan loves public art, bicycles, and cultures.

Recent blog posts

A Story of HOPE at East Austin’s Only Farmers Market

A Story Of HOPE at East Austin’s Only Farmers’ Market We’re a small team of designers on the beginning of our path to understanding interaction design and applying it in real world context. We’ve been conducting research for the past several weeks at a small farmers market in East Austin, Texas. The goal of our…

to design for, or to design with, that is the question

    Our theory class covered eight authors this section. They were both thick and thin, at times a chore to get through, but equally interesting. I struggled with finding my own two cents on understanding each author initially, but our assignment really made my understanding rather linear (heh heh). We were tasked to place…

an adherence to humanity scale

Many disciplines analyze and reflect on notable authors. For our theory presentation class this week, design proves to be no different…or does it? Some organic, great ideas and systems have been sown into our planet by humans before us. Good-for-growth, non-gmo, betterment of humankind, type ideas have put some humans in a very nice, comfortable…

Understanding Farmers Markets Role In Our Community

It’s our first week here at the Austin Center for Design. We are a three-person team from the 2020 class and we are knee deep into our first project. Last Monday, we were provided a list of non-profit organizations to partner with to utilize design strategy in a real-world context. Lauren, Leah and I (Dan)…

An AC4D Orientation Week Musing

Freedom is hard to navigate if you have never had it before. During freedoms of my own I’ve felt myself discovering that there is no north or south anymore. Right or wrong is out the window, and questions may make your freedom harder to navigate. Throughout the week we’ve been asked to act on unfamiliarity…

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