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  • Proceedings

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  • Keynote Speakers

    Associate Professor of Design Studies (Interactive New Media) at the University of Alberta, Canada. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta, University of Westminster and Goldsmiths College, University of London. He teaches design fundamentals, interactive media, design theory, and information design. His research, curatorial and practice interests are in design and education. Recent practice-based work explores human computer interaction, net.art, and information aesthetics. Written and pedagogic work revolves around understanding and improving design education in practical and theoretical forms. He has lectured and taught design in Canada, Japan, Korea, Germany, Hong Kong, France, and the UK.


    Coordinating Professor with Habilitation in Design. Develops Design teaching, research and curatorial activity since 1998. PhD in Communication Sciences (2006). Is chairman of the Scientific Council of ESAD Matosinhos and invited Coordinating Professor at the ESAD.CR. He is a member of the scoreboard "Architecture, Design and Urbanism" from the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal and member of the Evaluation Committee of the A3ES - Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education. He is Director of the ESAD-IDEA Research in Design and Art and researcher at CECL - Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Editor of Pli,  Art & Design magazine. Coordinated the collection "Portuguese Design", published in eight volumes in 2015.  


    Co-founder and Artistic Director of PELE - Social and Cultural Contact Space; Coordinator of Oporto Oppressed Theatre Center (since 2007). Was Artistic Director of Imaginarius - International Street Theatre of Santa Maria da Feira Festival. Co-Programmer of  MEXE_Art and Community and Forum Theatre Cycle. Member of the research project team "artistic and performative practices in the Community", integrated into the Group "Intangible Cultural Heritage and Cultural Imaginary" of the IELT (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Professor under the "Theatre in Context" and Coordinator of the Graduate "Theatre and Community" in the College of Music and Performing Arts School - Polytechnic Institute of Oporto (since 2009). Degree in Psychology, postgraduate in Social Theatre and Socio-Educational Intervention at the University Ramon Llull, Barcelona (2005). 

    Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, PhD in Communication Design from the University of Lisbon. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts where he founded and directs the MA in Contemporary Typographical and Editorial Practices. Has a dual activity as a designer and artist, is graphic and typographic design since 1996 in his own office; exposes design and make performance, performing solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions.


    Associate Professor in the College of Applied Arts School of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. Researcher at CIEBA, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon since 2007. PhD in Textile Engineering, branch Design and Management from the University of Minho with Dissertation on the subject: Design - The ongoing construction skills, concluded in 2009. Develops post-doctoral research in the area of fashion production.

    Communication designer and Professor of Design at the College of Applied Arts of the Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute. Doctor in Design by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, where he develops research Postdoctoral while CIAUD member; Master in Design from the University of Aveiro, with the dissertation "Management of Corporate Identity: from the sign to the code"; degree in Communication Design and Graphic Techniques at Portalegre Polytechnic. Member of the scientific board of several international journals and conferences. Together with Joan Costa, coordinates the collection "Design, Communication and Advertising" of Dinalivro Editions. He has written books and articles on Visual Design and Corporate Image Identity and on typography.



    Architect from the Lusíada University of Lisbon and freelance photographer. Interested in the rehabilitation of historic centers, worked in the Local Technical Office, responsible for the detailed plan of the historic center of Covilhã. Currently works in SRARQ - Seixo Rodrigues Architects. Within photography, in 2010-11 attended the kmaster course, the Kameraphoto collective. Since 1992 has documented the street-art in Lisbon, Barcelona, Bristol, Berlin, Stockholm, Buenos Aires and Paris. His photographs were published in various online editions and exhibition catalogs, including "Underdogs", the Vera Cortes gallery (Lisbon) and "Tour Paris 13", the Itinerrance Gallery (Paris). Since 2011 is part of the organizing team of WOOL - Urban Art Festival of Covilhã.



  • Presentation

    Identity reports to the character of things, to the set of characteristics and attributes that make them both recognizable and singular. In the field of design, the concept of identity is frequently used in connection with visual or material differentiation of brands, goods and services, regularly assuming broader connotations in the cultural sphere. This is the one that encompasses exhibitions or shows of products conceived to represent the creative and industrial capacities of certain sector, community or country. Design’s public policies are often and almost exclusively established within this field of expression of national cultural identity in the way its variables remain and become visible in the artistic creation.


    But identity is intimately connected to culture and memory, which means that, in culture’s anthropological field, identity approaches the ability to represent, dislocating from the motionless recognition of tradition to the necessary phenomenology of experience. Design is, therefore, part of identity and has its own unique characteristics that respond to people’s restlessness and allow them to recognize themselves in the contemporary world. This Design serves identities, i.e., it translates the ability to interpret and depict the character of their users and addressees.


    The issue of identity is quite complex. In general, artists understand that all identity is an assembly and usually escape from the evidence of its stereotypical facet, aware nonetheless of the performance of creation to accomplish certain identities and their communication. Parallel to the scope of perpetuation, Art has helped to unveil hidden identities, often celebrating and assisting them in the assumption of once forgotten centralities. That happens, for instance, with the symbolic performance of visual representation systems, with the recovering and adjustment of ancient typographic matrixes or with the basis of industrial products or building typological sections, when applied to contemporary functions or in dialogue with nowadays creation process.


    As a cosmogony, a way of seeing and doing things, identity holds many contradictions. The identification of communities with mass entertainment and alienation is paramount to the formulation of identities. The consumption of goods and services and the interaction with media, videogames and other visual excitement mass media deepen the empathy and popularity phenomena that call communities to identify with certain narratives and develop pattern reactions. The culture of consumption and entertainment is determining to the definition of contemporary identity. A hybrid identity and tendencially global that coexists, with a number of variations, with other local identities.


    Throughout history, identities have been a source of major conflicts. In the present moment of great uncertainties it becomes a priority object of research, by the congregation that operates between, on the one hand, myths and their representations and, on the other hand, the risks of vanguard, whose ideological shadows encompass potential paradoxes, polemics and discussions concerning cultural production. The reflection on the essence is conditioned by proprieties and depends on context, language and symbolic, convenes concepts, structures and dynamics that one must understand. Hence, the search for identity is the pretext for discussion and gathering aimed by DESIGNA’s fifth edition.



  • Call / Papers

    DESIGNA 2015 invites the submission of original communication proposals, with a seminal propensity, thought from and within the connection between Design and Identity, to frame in one of the following thematic panels:

    1.    Communication

    2.    Multimedia

    3.    Product

    4.    Fashion

    5.    Theory

    6.    Education


    Abstract (.rtf, .doc or .odt)

    The abstract must not exceed 2 000 characters, can be submitted in Portuguese, English or Spanish, and is expected to include a title and state the intended thematic and its relevance, the hypothesis or main issue the author(s) intend to explore, conceptual and methodological framework, predicted results (when applied) and up to five keywords.



    The abstract must be submitted until July 24, 2015through the conference’s website (www.designa.ubi.pt). The submission platform will issue each abstract an automatic identification code, in order to warrantee the anonymity of the peer review process.



    The abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review process, through which the referees will select those that demonstrate relevance, originality and adequacy to the conference’s thematic and purposes. The proposals that don’t comply with these criteria will be excluded.


    Notification to the authors

    The authors with a selected communication proposal will be notified by July 31st, 2015.


    Full Paper Submission

    The complete version of the paper corresponding to the communication proposal must be submitted until September 30th, 2015, following the guidelines included in the conference’s website. The disregard for this deadline will result in the paper’s exclusion from the conference’s published proceedings.



    The proposals that are not selected to integrate the thematic sessions as oral communications, but nonetheless meet the stated arbitration criteria, will be given the opportunity to enter the conference’s program as posters.


    Working languages

    Portuguese, English and Spanish.



    1. The call’s deadline will not be extended.

    2. The proceedings publication (both digitally and in paper) does not suppose any additional costs to the conference’s registration fee.

    3. The submission of the full paper implies a tacit transfer of the publication copyrights to University of Beira Interior.

    4. Obtaining permission to publish the included images is a responsibility entailed to the authors.



  • Call / Projects

    The organization of DESIGNA 2015 calls for proposals and ideas on the theme of Identity, to frame within the following panels:

    1. Communication

    2. Multimédia

    3. Product

    4. Fashion

    5. Theory

    6. Education

    We expect pluridisciplinary proposals from artists, designers, architects, students and other creative agents which may be able to explore the conference’s thematic from an innovative and original point of view, through projects, portfolios, performances, products or ideas.



    The proposals must be submitted by email (designa.na.ubi@gmail.com) until November 10th, integrating a brief and descriptive visual reference to molds of presentation.

    Selection criteria

    The scientific committee will consider all proposals on the basis of their relevance, originality and appropriateness to the theme and purpose of the conference.

    Working languages

    Portuguese, English and Spanish


    The display of these projects will take place in the main hall of the conference or in a parallel session, nearby. Visual projections should not exceed 10 minutes. If the project consists on a presentation or exhibition through a physical support, it should be delivered in A1 format modules or panels. The performances and special cases will be analyzed regarding their specific needs.

    Notification of authors with accepted projects

    Authors with accepted projects will be notified by November 15th and must register by November 20th.



  • Program

    Programme + Book of Abstracts

    DESIGNA 2015 -  International Conference on Design Research 

    University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal

    Auditório da Parada / Sala dos Conselhos UBI 

    NOVEMBER, 26th - Thursday

      9h00  Reception and registration (permanent)

      9h30  Welcoming Session

    10h00  Keynote speaker

    10h45  Coffee Break


    12h30  Lunch (free/non-institutional)

    14h00  Keynote speaker


    16h30  Coffee Break


    19h30  Kaizer Ballet

    20h00  Dinner (free/non-institutional)

    NOVEMBER, 27th - Friday

      9h00  Registration (permanent)

      9h30  Keynote speaker

    10h15  Coffee Break


    12h30  Lunch (free/non-institutional)

    14h00  Keynote speaker

    14h30  FASHION 3 / PRODUCT 2

    16h30  Coffee Break

    17h30  PROJECTS – Showcase / ROUND TABLE

    19:00  Closing Session




  • Registration

    The registration is made through the executive committee's e-mail - designa.na.ubi@gmail.com. To formalize the process, it will be necessary to submit confirmation of the fee’s payment, as well as the following information:

    1. Full name

    2. Institution

    3. Profession - Occupation

    4. Communication - Poster ID (when applicable)

    5. e-mail

    6. NIF

    7. Address

    8. Students must attach proof of such status.


    PAYMENT - 
Bank transfer to 

    Universidade da Beira Interior 

    BANK: Santander

    NIB: 0018 0003 2322 0304 0208 9

IBAN: PT50 0018 0003 2322 0304 0208 9



    General fee: 80 euros

    Students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD): 40 euros


    Contact for Registration 

    Catarina Moura (designa.na.ubi@gmail.com)



    The authors of an accepted communication or poster must pay their correspondent registration fee in order to: (1) Enter the official programme; (2) Receive documentation; (3) Obtain a participation certificate; and (4) Publish their papers on the Conference's proceedings.



    The Conference’s guests, as well as the members of the executive committee, or of any other of the event’s committees, are exempt of the registration fee.



    The Conference will be open to graduate and PhD students of University of Beira Interior, who may assist the works of the several thematic panels free of charge. Nevertheless, the non-payment of the registration fee won’t allow them to obtain documentation or presence certificate. To have them, the students must register and pay the correspondent fee.


    The registration fee does not include lunches or dinners.



  • Committees

    Scientific Committee
    Aidan Rowe . University of Alberta, CA 
    Alastair Fuad-Luke . Aalto University, Helsinki FI
    Alexandra Cruchinho . Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco PT   
    Ana Leonor Madeira Rodrigues . FA Universidade de Lisboa PT   
    Anabela Gradim . FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Anna Calvera . FBA Universitat de Barcelona ES
    António Delgado . ESAD Instituto Politécnico de Leiria PT
    Cristina Azevedo Tavares . FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    Catarina Moura . FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Carmen Bellido Márquez . FBA Universidad de Granada ES
    Daniel Raposo . ESART Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco PT
    Denis Alves Coelho . FE Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Elena González Miranda . FBA Universidad del País Vasco ES
    Emílio Távora Vilar, FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT    
    Francisco Paiva . Universidade da Beira Interior PT  
    Heitor Alvelos . FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Helena Barbosa . DCA Universidade de Aveiro PT
    Hélène Saule-Sorbé . FBA Université Bordeaux3 FR 
    Inmaculada Jiménez . FBA Universidad del País Vasco ES
    Jacek Krenz . FE Universidade da Beira Interior / UTGdansk PL
    João Paulo Queiroz . FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    João Sousa Cardoso . Universidade Lusófona do Porto PT
    Joaquim M. Paulo Serra . FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Jorge dos Reis . FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    Josu Rekalde Izagirre . FBA Universidad Del País Vasco/EHU ES
    Madalena Rocha Pereira . Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Maria da Graça Guedes . Universidade do Minho PT
    Mário Bismarck . FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Paulo Freire Almeida . EA Universidade do Minho PT
    Paulo Luís Almeida . FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Raul Cunca . FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    Rita Salvado . FE Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Rui Miguel . FE Universidade da Beira Interior PT 
    Sheila Pontis . UCL University College London UK
    Sílvia Barros de Held, Universidade de São Paulo BR 
    Teresa Franqueira . DCA Universidade de Aveiro PT
    Urbano Sidoncha . FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT 

    Scientific Coordination
    Francisco Paiva . Universidade da Beira Interior PT  

    Executive Committee
    Catarina Moura . FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Francisco Paiva . Universidade da Beira Interior PT 



  • Contact Us


    Executive Committee
    Catarina Moura . catarinamoura@gmail.com   
    Francisco Paiva . fpaiva@ubi.pt

    Conference Secretary
    Mércia Pires    +351  275242023  / ext. 1201
    Faculty of Arts e Letters  
    Departament of Communication and Arts

    LABCOM - Online Communication Lab 
    Rua Marquês D'Ávila e Bolama  
    6200-001 Covilhã - Portugal (Map)

    website / facebook 
    © DESIGNA 2015



  • Venue

    If you're arriving to Portugal through Lisbon, you'll have bus and train transportation. It's a 3:30 to 4 hour travel. These are the links to the websites, so you can check timetables:

    Train (portuguese word: comboio): http://cp.pt/passageiros/en/
    Bus (portuguese word: expresso or autocarro): www.rede-expressos.pt

    In case you'll be arriving through Oporto, bus will be your only option. The distance to Covilhã is fairly the same.

    There's also the possibility of renting a car at the airport, in case you prefer and find it more convenient. From Lisbon, the access to Covilhã is made through A1 and A23 freeways; from Oporto, through A1, A25 and A23.

    Covilhã has some very affordable options to stay in. It's a small and safe town, and the University is at a walking distance of most of the hotels. Below there's a list of some of the options, all of them central and at an easy distance from the conference:


    These last two (Meliá D. Maria and Hotel Turismo) are not as near, so you would probably need to call for a taxi. All the others are at a walking distance of 10 to 15 minutes from the University.

    If, when opening the link, you find they don't have the information in english, we suggest you try Booking.com, inserting the name of the hotels.



  • Calendar

    06/01 – 07/24  Call for Papers / Abstracts

    07/31  Notification of acceptance

    09/30  Deadline for full paper submission

    10/31  Deadline for registration of authors with accepted proposal

    11/01  Final Program

    11/26-27  DESIGNA 2015





  • Submission Guidelines


    The extended abstract of the communication proposals, to a maximum of 2 000 characters, written in Portuguese, English or Spanish, must include title, theme and its relevance, hypothesis or question to be explored, conceptual and methodological frame, predicted results, references and five keywords. The abstract must be submitted electronically, until July 24th 2015, through the submission platform present at DESIGNA’s website, which will automatically assign it an ID code that allows its distribution to two scientific reviewers while ensuring the author’s anonymity.


    Once the abstract is accepted, the full paper corresponding to the intended oral communication and to be published in the conference’s proceedings, must be submitted to the organizing committee until September 30th 2015, through the e-mail designa.na.ubi@gmail.com, following the procedures stated below:

    2.1 TEXT – One single text file, identified with the submission ID, saved in .rtf, .doc or .odt (.pdf is not acceptable) with minimal formatting and structured as follows: 

    - Submission ID / Registration number; 

    - Title of the article; 

    - Name of the author(s); 

    - Category; 

    - Institution;    

    - Identification of the panel;   

    - Abstract (in English; up to 2 000 characters);   

    - Keywords (max. 5);  

    - Full paper (up to 10 000 characters), in Portuguese, English or Spanish;        

    - Any note must be listed at the end of the document and will be counted within the character’s limit;  

    - Image caption, indicating source/credits, must come at the end of the document or be placed where intended.

    2.2 IMAGES  

    Images (.jpg, .png, .tiff, .ai or .pdf) must be sent in separate files (max. 8) and identified with the same prefix of the text (the submission ID) and corresponding number, following the example: ID23-01.jpg,...


    The oral communication must be prepared to a 15-minute presentation at the conference (november 26th and 27th), in any of the working languages. Any complementary visual/graphic presentation (e.g. PowerPoint) must be in English. It can be sent previously to the Organizing Committee (until November 23rd) or delivered 5 minutes earlier to the beginning of the panel in a pen drive. 

    4. POSTER

    Posters will be exhibited in digital format (6 .jpg images / 6 slides, 30 seconds each), in a room adjacent to the conference. The material intended for presentation must be sent to the organizing committee until November 23rd, to designa.na.ubi@gmail.com


    NOTE - The paper’s publishing, both in printed and in electronic version, is granted through the payment of the registration fee and will not imply any extra costs. The sending of these elements presupposes the tacit share of all the publishing rights with the University of Beira Interior; to all effects, the authors maintain intellectual property. The permission to publish the images is accountable to the author(s).



  • Submissions


    Review & Program Committees:

    Program Chair: