Design for Impact: Fall Bootcamp

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Austin Center for Design

1309 Chestnut Ave.

Austin, TX 78702

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Friends Who Are Going
Event description



This one-day workshop will introduce you to the design process taught at Austin Center for Design: specifically, how to use the design process to focus on big social problems, like homelessness and poverty or our broken education system. This design process includes ethnographic immersive research, synthesis, and rapid ideation. These are all skills used regularly by practicing designers.

Who is this for?

If you are interested in applying to the Austin Center for Design – regardless of your professional background – this workshop is for you. All levels of design ability are welcome, even people who have never done this before. The only prerequisite is passion and a willingness to try. There are limited participant seats, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What will I learn?

During this workshop, you'll learn an overview of the process designers use to solve problems:

  • You'll learn how to conduct research with people who are in the middle of a wicked problem
  • You'll learn how to translate that research into meaningful insights
  • You’ll learn how to harness those insights into concepts and bring an idea to life through sketching

Above all, you’ll learn how to build empathy with an at-risk population, and gain the basics to further explore design for impact.

About the facilitators

Faculty members and alumni from the Austin Center for Design will facilitate this workshop.



In a group conversation, we will examine the precedents that have been set in the social innovation space, discuss the holistic process of design, and understand why the methods of design are most appropriate for tackling these complex social problems.


In the first methods session, we'll learn how to practice ethnography in order to engage with and quickly gather meaningful stories from people. In groups, we'll begin to tackle a design problem related to the context of our city, and we'll do so by engaging the community.


As we progress through meaning-making, we'll begin to identify insights and themes through a bottom-up approach. The methods you'll learn will describe how to capture these high-level takeaways, and how to form actionable design directives out of these conceptual frames.


With the problem space framed, the insights and themes that have been extracted can now be visualized. We’ll use rapid iterative sketching and ideation to create new and interesting - and appropriate - design solutions to various problems uncovered.


As we conclude the day, we’ll reflect on the methods we have covered and share potential design solutions with the larger group. We will also foster a discussion about the nature of designing for impact and social innovation and the challenges that creative professionals face in this space.


About Austin Center for Design

Austin Center for Design, an educational program in Austin, Texas, is a unique school intended to help you develop autonomy through design.


We teach the practice and theory of interaction design—designing products, services, and interactions to change human behavior and improve the world.


Our emphasis is on addressing humanitarian problems. We focus on problems that matter, and students learn to recontextualize design in the space of large-scale "wicked problems."


Our classes sizes are small—providing extensive face-time with professors and the opportunity to form lasting relationships with a growing support network.


We've developed a supportive, collaborative community of alumni to help current students succeed and to help one-another drive impact.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Ruby from AC4D at ruby.ku@ac4d.com.

Share with friends

Date and Time


Austin Center for Design

1309 Chestnut Ave.

Austin, TX 78702

View Map

Refund Policy

No Refunds

Save This Event

Event Saved