Projeto de Design II - Design - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 3 / 2º Semestre
Plan: 2016/17
Scientific Area: DSG
Level: Intermédio

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical-Pratical: 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

Sérgio Manuel Coimbra Lemos
Sérgio Manuel Coimbra Lemos

Ensino teórico-prático
Ensino prático e laboratorial
Valentina Vezzani
Valentina Vezzani

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico-prático
Ensino prático e laboratorial

Course Information

Course Objectivs

The course is importantly project-based and for this focuses on practice. It aims to:

- Improve the student's ability to generate technical, aesthetic and formal solutions in response to the needs expressed through a brief/ program/request given by a real client (e.g. local and/or national enterprises, organisations, public sector organs).

- Create external links with the social, economic and productive contexts of Madeira Island, and allow students to tackle and manage real project constraints originated by the client context of reference.

- Integrate and operate arguments as budgetary, legal, environmental, competitive and cultural issues through a multidisciplinary practice, adaptation and optimization of technical and production processes.

- Design products and/or services, corporate images and external communication according to a design process in interaction with the client.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation is continuous and based on the realization of assignments of the projects.

The attendance is required of minimum 75% of the total number of lessons.

This UC follows the Model C of the UMa Student Evaluation Regulation.

Working students should attend at least 50% of the lessons in order to be evaluated. The Recurso exam only reflects 30% of the final grade.

The course is based on 2 to max. 4 quantitative evaluation.

Program Resume (get program detail)

1- Debates on actions about budgetary, legal, environmental, competitive and cultural issues are integrated through a multidisciplinary practice, adaptation and optimization of technical and production processes. This design practice considers the creation of artifacts, systems or services, the corporate image and external communication, according to a logical process of  interaction and confrontation with the clients/stakeholders and their needs.

2- In-depth analysis and application of the Human-Centered Design methodology & toolkit. To understand the desirability, economic viability and technical feasibility of the design solution; how to prototype a product and service to test it; to validate the design solution in the real context from a technical and economic perspective (e.g. business plan).

3- Design for Social Innovation: from design for well-being to design for a sustainable development.

Main Bibliography

BERTOLA, P. & TEIXERA, J. C. (2003). Design as a knowledge agent. How design as a knowledge process is embedded into organizations to foster innovation. Design Studies.

BROWN. T. (2009). Change by Design. How Design Thinking transforms organisations and inspires innovation, HarperCollins Publisher.

BUCHANAN, R. (1992). Wicked problems in design thinking. Design Issues, 8(2), 5-21.

IDEO, Human-Centred Design Toolkit, 2nd Edition. Retrieved 2014 at:

JULIER, G. (2008). The culture of design. London: SAGE.

MANZINI, E. (2015). Design, when everybody designs. An introduction to Design for social innovation, The MIT Press.

MURRAY, R., CAULIER-GRICE J., MULGAN G., The Open Book of Social Innovation, Nesta, London (2010). Retrieved 2014 at:

STICKDORN, M. & SCHNEIDER, J. (2010). This Is Service Design Thinking, BIS Publisher.

Other Biographical Sources / Support Documents


D.SCHOOL : The Bootcamp Bootleg by the dschool, Stanford University


Mulgan, G. Social Innovation: what it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated. Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Retrieved at:

NESTA (Innovation Foundation)

THE YOUNG FOUNDATION: "The Open Book of Social Innovation"


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