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Student

Kyle Beck

Originally from Rochester, New York, Kyle studied Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he lived post-grad for several years working in apparel design before taking a stint to live in Colorado to be a ski instructor. Since 2011 Kyle has resided in Austin and spent the last 5 years working at Ion Art where he helped to create beautiful custom art around the state of Texas, along with many of the neon signs you see around Austin. He will step down as the Design Director to begin the next chapter of his life through AC4D.

Kyle is eager to embark on this new adventure to find impactful ways to improve his community near and far. Motivated by sustainability and alternative energies, he believes education is the core stepping stone to facilitate change in the world. He is currently an ambassador for Building Minds in South Sudan, a non-profit working to build schools and bring internet access to rural communities in South Sudan through solar power.

Inspired by exploring new cultures, he can often be found traveling or cooking up a new dish in the kitchen. He also enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and spending time with his family and friends on a good patio.

Recent blog posts

(Design) Thinking about Food

Through the first six weeks of theory class, we have been learning the foundations of design research, sensemaking of data, and most recently how these apply to real world scenarios through social business and social entrepreneurs. For this assignment, we focused on the idea of “Design Thinking” and how that coincides with our current curriculum. Discussions revolved…

Sebastian’s story of Social Change

For our most recent assignment in theory, our readings were focused around poverty, globalization, and social business – which is the concept of running a business with society as the benefactor in lieu of shareholders. We were tasked with creating a story, with conflict and resolution, that incorporated the the positions of the various authors and to…

Synthesizing the value of design research

Through the first few weeks of design theory class, we have read a multitude of papers and excerpts from various authors that I have been trying to connect to my personal life experience. Most recently,  we had a series of readings about the role of design research highlighting various ways to prototype, probe, and conduct research.…

A Series of Situations

As our first assignment in Theory, we were tasked with formulating a stance on ethics and responsibilities of design in society, as we understood it from the readings of five authors (Papanek, Bernays, Dewey, Vitta, and Postman). Through my own interpretation and class discussions, I tried to make sense of the positions each author made…

Bootcamp Reflection

The first four days of AC4D are in the books. Technically this isn’t even true, as we just went through bootcamp and have yet to even start the actual syllabus. It all seems daunting. This week was fast paced and threw me into a lot of uncomfortable situations like meeting the new classmates I will share my life with…

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