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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

Building To Bambu

This is the 6th edition of updates to our capstone project based on research Ana and I conducted with low income families in quarter two at AC4D. You can get up to speed last week’s post. Progress This week Ana and I first established a two by two grid to check out the existent product landscape. Through…

Designing A Service Product For Low-Income Families

This is the fifth week of our studio class in which we are developing a service product to better benefit low income families. Our idea is prompted by stories we heard from families Ana and I spoke with in quarter two at AC4D. Progress This Week We made storyboards highlighting the current concept of our service…

Recycling, Reusing, and Revisiting Ideas

Overview This fourth week, of our studio class, Ana and I were tasked to develop on concepts we generated after our research around low-income parents. We focused on a singular concept to ideate on. This allowed a deeper understanding of the services we can provide. Through interviews with potential users on our concept ideas last week we are focusing our efforts on benefitting new families through reuse.  We…

Ideating Services For Families Who Need Them

This week Ana and I continued to push our research around non-traditional families towards developing concepts for products. Our task this week was to generate 200 design concepts for products and services that could actually see the light of day to help the humans we spoke with. It was a large task, and as this is our first time doing…

Iterating Off Insights For Low-Income Families

We’ve started off our Q3 Studio course full of insight re-definition and pushing provocations. These new provocations are the jumping off point and will eventually be the backbone for products we develop and possibly pitch to outside stakeholders. Through our insights we’ve been able to more clearly group together the commonalities and differences we heard throughout our interviews. Our concept…

The First Phase Of An Ethical Framework

Being part of something new has always felt like a gift. As part of the first proper ethic’s class at AC4D I knew I would be able to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned through experience that have helped me through an ethically challenging place. Four values I want to remain in my…

Emergent Technologies And Thumb Scanning Out Of Work

Throughout this quarter we’ve been working on constructing our own ethical framework to better guide us through complex problems. I encountered an ethical dilemma I can’t seem to shake while living in China. I taught at a for profit school called Happy Goal Kids. It felt like working at the McDonald’s of English schools in…

JUST Capstone Research Update: Part 3 – Understanding Non-Traditional Familial Decisions

This is part three in our ongoing Capstone project with JUST whose mission is to invest in low-income, female entrepreneurs to create more resilient communities in America and therefore to create a more just world where people have the chance to live with less stress and more joy. Ana and I shifted our focus to…

Ethical Implications on Data Rights in the Future

Having just moved to Austin it felt like a right of passage to check out Austin City Limits. I’m not one for big crowds, but I did it regardless. I purchased my ticket via their online platform and waited for it to arrive in the mail. Upon receipt I got a rather colorful wristband, with…

Is There HOPE for HOPE Farmer’s Market?

Learning design methodology is a lot about trusting the process. When gathering data, it is not clear what will come of it. When patterns emerge, it is not clear if they matter. Our project with HOPE Farmers Market was the first design project that Leah, Dan, and I have embarked on, and it has been…

Parent’s Please! – AC4D Capstone Research Project

Hey there, My name is Dan and I am a current student at the Austin Center for Design (AC4D). For the next 8 weeks my team mate Ana and I want to learn more about financial inclusion. We’re interested in learning more about the day to day lives of parents and how they operate in…

Designing With Addiction’s In Mind

Through facilitating this exercise in ethics I was able to cultivate an understanding of my small design team. I posed questions for discussion to identify addictions people have faced in their personal life. We talked about spending too much time on instagram, to stalking ex boyfriends, to smoking. I strived to construct a discussion that…

If You’re Not Digitally Ready, Will You Be Digitally Robbed?

As we delved into patterns in design in the initial weeks of quarter two here at the Austin Center for Design an experience at a job I had came to mind. I hope you’ll read on to hear my story and learn as to how these patterns and your own experiences with systems can prove…

An Improved Intellectual Toolkit

No designer’s toolkit is truly empty. Throughout quarter one I’ve experienced a massive shift in how I’ve had to behave, think, and analyze. The term thrown in the deep end doesn’t even come close to how this program has worked in my experience. I’ve struggled a great deal in theory with the terminology used around…

Theming Through a Farmers Market

Lauren, Leah, and I have found ourselves enclosed in a small black box here at Austin Center for Design. The black walls are covered in text, these pieces of text are on small white pieces of paper we’ve cut out called utterances. These utterances were pulled from massive word documents that we transcribed from hours…

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