Projeto de Design I - Design - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 3 / 1º Semestre
Plan: 2016/17
Scientific Area: DSG
Level: Intermédio

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical: 32.00
Pratical and Laboratorial: 64.00


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Degree having this Course

Degree - Branch Degree Plan Year
Design - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2016/17

Teaching Staff

Elisa Bertolotti
Elisa Bertolotti

Ensino teórico
Ensino prático e laboratorial
Sérgio Manuel Coimbra Lemos
Sérgio Manuel Coimbra Lemos

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico
Ensino prático e laboratorial

Course Information

Course Objectivs

This course aims to: Explore the social, economical and environmental contexts to stimulate and develop new responses in the design environment. Students are meant to achieve a high level autonomy in their creative and design processes, to be able to establish a personal language and to choose for the best communication and technical means which deem appropriate in response to the design problem; Understand the design practice as a critical, ethical and responsible response to the context through theoretical and practical exploration of contemporary currents and Design thinking; Train towards an aesthetic, political and social awareness as integral agent of society; Contribute through analysis and study of the best contemporary practices to the construction of a more holistic and strategic design approach, both in thinking and doing, in relation with the environment and World.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation is continuos and based on the realization of assignments of the projects. The course is based on 2 to max. 4 quantitative evaluation. At least one of these points corresponds to an individual theoretical and critical work with 30% of the final grade.  This UC predicts an autonomous effort around 10h per week.

Program Resume (get program detail)

The Design Process: models and tools for the research, reflection, ideation phases. The HCD Human-Centred Design methodology & toolkit, and Service Design tools as "how to":
-observe the societal contexts, interact with these to map and analyse problems, needs, emotions, motivations, behaviours;
-dialogue with different stakeholders, and collect information and/or co-design with them;
-create tools and lo-fi prototypes to test the design solutions and iterate until the final decision.
Design for Social Innovation: from observations and reflections on social sustainability cases, to the concepts of  Design for Well-being and Design for Sustainable Development.

Main Bibliography

BUCHANAN Richard, Introduction: Design and Organizational Change; Design Issues: vol
24, no 1, MIT Press; Massachusets, 2008
IDEO, Human-Centred Design Toolkit, 2nd Edition.
JULIER Guy, The culture of design, SAGE, London, 2008
MUNARI Bruno, Da cosa nasce cosa, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 1997
MURRAY Robin, CAULIER-GRICE Julie, MULGAN Geoff, The Open Book of Social Innovation, Nesta, London, 2010
POHLMEYER Anna and DESMET Pieter, "Designing the Road of Happiness" in CRISP n.4, October 2014
SHON Donald A., Educating the Reflective Practitioner, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco 1987
STICKDORN Marc, SCHNEIDER Jakob, This Is Service Design Thinking, BIS Publisher, 2010, Stanford University, Design Methods
The British Design Council:

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