“Consider that, in your career, you have about forty or fifty good, productive years to work.
Should you really be focused on creating a new UI for a thermostat? A new facade for a banking website? A new operating system for a mobile phone? Or are there other things – things that are more financially, culturally, or spiritually more valuable – that you could, and should, be doing?”

— Jon Kolko

HourSchool: Peer-led, social-driven learning.

AC4D graduates Ruby Ku and Alex Pappas officially launched the culmination of their studies. Be sure to check Ruby’s blog to see how this concept came to life from contextual inquires and participatory interviews with Austin residents experiencing homelessness to synthesis to a venture pitches. Super proud of this crew.

Graduation night for the inaugural class of AC4D. Considering all the ground we covered, it all happened to fast. Awesome experience and highly recommended!
I’m still gathering my thoughts about the entire process and expect to formalize them here.

Graduation night for the inaugural class of AC4D. Considering all the ground we covered, it all happened to fast. Awesome experience and highly recommended!

I’m still gathering my thoughts about the entire process and expect to formalize them here.

I posted a brief synopsis of my AC4D project - Pocket Hotline here. It’s still pretty preliminary but the app is quickly becoming real after rounding out a presentation deck and working prototype. I intend to post more regular updates on the AC4D blog, here and there. Comments welcome!

I posted a brief synopsis of my AC4D project - Pocket Hotline here. It’s still pretty preliminary but the app is quickly becoming real after rounding out a presentation deck and working prototype. I intend to post more regular updates on the AC4D blog, here and there. Comments welcome!

(most of) AC4D Class of 2011Team Awesome is in no way involved with Team Sandwich 

(most of) AC4D Class of 2011
Team Awesome is in no way involved with Team Sandwich 

DesignAday: Interaction 11 Student Competition

Big up to AC4D at the Kat/Ruby duo!
As 1/9 of the inaugural class of AC4D, I was so proud to see the rigorous process we’ve learned over the past 6 months succeed in this setting. They both remarked how the other teams did not take research seriously when starting the process. And Ruby/Kat also mentioned the minor tongue lashing they received after the first day when their concept was still simmering and the judges famously asked, “Where’s the interaction design here?” It all came together, but took time for sensemaking and synthesis before prototyping.

We all crashed in a big house off Pearl Street so it was cool to hear their progress each night. BTW I’m so totally and utterly jealous of their year-long mentor prize. Too cool…

designaday:

Liz Danzico and Andy Polaine organized the second-annual Student Competition, focused on the concept of “Use, not own”.

Great interactions can connect people to create opportunities for experiences that outweigh the “joy” of ownership. How can we reduce our environmental footprint by…

scott magee // austin-based design inspiration