March 1, 2012
It feels like our world is spinning out of control. We see poverty, disease, and destruction all around us, and as we search for ways to make sense of the chaos, we turn to new disciplines for answers and solutions. New, creative innovations are needed, and to create these new products and services, we’ll need to embrace different methods and different theories.
This book is presented as a handbook for teaching and learning how to design for impact. In it, you’ll learn how to apply the process of design to large, wicked problems, and how to gain control over complexity by acting as a social entrepreneur. You’ll learn an argument for why design is a powerful agent of change, and you’ll read practical methods for engaging with large-scale social problems.
Jon Kolko is the founder and director of Austin Center for Design, a progressive educational institution teaching interaction design and social entrepreneurship. He has held positions of Executive Director of Design Strategy at Thinktiv, a venture accelerator, and both Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director roles at frog design, a global innovation firm. He was also a professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in building both the Interaction and Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs. Jon has also held the role of Director for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and Editor-in-Chief of interactions magazine, published by the ACM.
Jon is the author of Thoughts on Interaction Design, published by Morgan Kauffman, and Exposing the Magic of Design, published by Oxford University Press.