Firestarter #1 – Austin Kung Fu Academy

Austin Kung Fu Academy Debrief


Scott, Jacob and I found a way to reframe our final studio assignment by applying the design methodologies we are learning at Austin Center for Design in combination with our individual professional competencies through Firestarting.

On September 5, 2013, we headed over to Austin Kung Fu Academy to shoot photographs, conduct interviews, design and build a website. Some photos and agenda outlined below:

9:00AM – 12:00PM Student Photography Shoot and Testimonial Interviews

12:00PM – 1:00PM Contextual Interview with Client

1:00PM – 3:00PM Design Synthesis

3:00PM – 2AM Design and Build AKFA Website

Some of our broad takeaways from our first Firestarter include:

  • Powerful context is possible even in a condensed format with the right kind of interaction.
  • Transparency in communication of intent, roles and expectations between clients and design team minimizes the risk of unexpected surprises.
  • An understanding of what short-term impact would look like from our client’s perspective.

In retrospect, we gained experience and can now use our new knowledge to inform and restructure our framework for Firestarting.