©  DESIGNA  2024


  • Presentation

    International Conference on Design Research
    24 and 25th October . FAL—UBI . Covilhã . Portugal

    In a time characterized by the ecological emergency, the effects of economic neoliberalism and the constant threat to fundamental human rights, Design has been embracing causes that, although departing from its project matrix, break with disciplinary circumscription and many academic and professional conventions that have characterized it. However, many areas of traditional Design activity persist and coexist with progressive procedural hybridization, opening themselves up to contamination, but also nurturing other areas of cultural and economic action that are fundamental to contemporary urban life.

    Design relates to multiple aspects of life in common, mediating relationships and projecting responses to pressing Citizenship issues, sometimes assuming a great ideological and political focus. Hence, the practice of Design in contemporary society demands a permanent and constant critical capacity in the face of the present, whether in professional responses or in its clear and recognized performance in formulating and articulating changes in social habits, imposed by the adoption of new values, motivated by the effects of austerity, climate change, pandemics or migration, among others.

    This edition of DESIGNA aims to bring together, highlight, and discuss contributions of Design to Citizenship, both in the sphere of its relationship with citizens, individually considered, and in this declared and admittedly political perspective. On the other hand, in line with previous editions, the aim is to identify opportunities for new activities and design practices, generating responses to complex emerging problems, both from an ecological and geo-strategic point of view, reconciling this scale with the public and private sphere of individual action. The natural constitution of Design as an academic and scientific field depends on the ability to interpret and react to these cultural changes, whose economic and technological implications alter the epistemological framework of Design, its teaching, and its practice.

    DESIGNA 2024 is an in-person international conference which will take place on October 24th and 25th, 2024, at UBI, Covilhã, Portugal, aimed at the presentation and discussion of articles, research results, and projects, encompassing workshops, book launching, and the inauguration of exhibitions in the wide field of Design as well.

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  • Thematic Panels

    P1      Theory and Criticism
    Chair   Júlio Londrim [ jlondrim@ubi.pt ]
    — The current practice of Citizenship is globally confronted with multiple disruptive issues such as the environmental crisis, demographic obsolescence, migration, identity tensions, lack of housing, populism, digital disinformation accelerated by AI (Artificial Intelligence), geostrategic interests, wars (cold, hot, economic, and cultural) motivated by the possession of material, energetic, and technological resources. Are these dystopian disruptors a constraint on Citizenship and on the practice of Design, through the induction of misinformation, perceptions, and identity values that only reflect global vulgarity, banality, deep fakes, extremist polarizations, and economic interests from a political agenda of local and global actors?
    On the other hand, technological heterogeneity, supported by AI, is a leveraging factor in Industry 4.0 through which Europe is devising its reindustrialization (similarly to other global actors), generating a production characterized by a logic of integration between the physical and digital in the use of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), which allows the launch of extensively individualized and flexible products into the economy, integrating customers and partners in the Design and creation of value process through a logic of proximity.
    Are we facing a window of opportunity in the reinvention of new Design practices? Where specific cultural identities can adapt and reinvent themselves, intersecting with humanist values, a Design where cultural specificities will be an added value in originality and creativity, and where different identities will recognize each other in a citizenship with universal values: can the approach to new project practices in product Design (both physical and digital), supported by Industry 4.0 AI technologies, enable a tool for the rejuvenation of a progressive and inclusive Citizenship?

    P2      History and Education
    Chair   Catarina Moura [ cmoura@ubi.pt ]
    — It is through education that the complexity of the world gains meaning, and through history that this meaning gains context. Therefore, the articulation between Design and Citizenship cannot be exempt from these two dimensions. Before being designers, we are citizens and must understand that (1) our vision of ourselves, the world and others tends to be informed by the specificities and limitations of what was and is closest to us; (2) current and future generations will have to design for a world affected by multiple tensions and contradictions, capable of expanding the ethical and political impact of Design on a local and global scale; and 3) history and education of and for Design are not limited to academia, industry, or the concrete dimension of its practices, fully affecting the understanding of what it means to be Human. As educators, we are faced with the need to quickly adapt to new tools and ways of teaching Design, making it imperative to consider that preparing for the urgency of future challenges should not spare the critical analysis of past ones. All considered, this panel is interested in creating opportunities for a multidisciplinary reflection and discussion around different approaches, philosophies, models, processes and methods applied to education in, for, and through Design, giving visibility to new curricula, alternative and emerging educational structures and paradigms, and plural modes of thought, knowledge, and research.

    P3      Communication Design
    Chair   Sara Velez [ sve@ubi.pt ]
    — By giving shape to what we intend to communicate, Design acts as an intermediary between the exercises of turning common our experience of the world, which is communication, and that of the organization of our life in common, which is citizenship. Communication Design has, thus, an important role in the creation of the public sphere, fundamental to citizenship. Papers on Communication Design (in its diverse aspects) and citizenship are accepted for this panel. We encourage critical and / or reflexive approaches, but also approaches concerning the practice of citizenship by means of this area of design.

    P4      Product Design
    Chair   Mónica Romãozinho [ monica.romaozinho@ubi.pt ]
    — What is the role of Product Design in an increasingly volatile world, marked by cross-cutting problems such as climate change, aging, desertification of inland territories, disinformation, the emergence of a certain radicalism, war, and the asymmetry between poor and rich countries? What challenges does Product Design face, in its different scales of action, given the pressing need to produce more responsibly, equating such important variables as inclusion, sustainability, repair/maintenance, versatility, interaction, and the emotional relationship between subject and object? How are these variables reflected in the design process and in the methods of production and manufacture? Can Product Design contribute to the return of a certain poetry to an everyday life so dominated by consumption? We invite the authors to share the results of their scientific research of a more theoretical, experimental, or applied nature that intersects with these themes and issues.

    P5      Multimedia and Interfaces
    Chair   Joana Casteleiro [ joana.casteleiro.ferreira@ubi.pt ]
    — In the current context of deep mediatization, the web 3.0 emergence, the metaverse, artificial intelligence, e-governance, successive economic, political, social, ecological, and ethical crises, design is increasingly assuming itself as a structural activity of citizenship evidencing its ability to reframe the contemporary digital paradigm.
    We invite authors to submit communication proposals that correlate, analyze or reflect on user interface design (Graphical User Interfaces, Natural Language Interfaces, Voice User Interfaces, Gesture-based Interfaces, Tangible User Interfaces, Haptic Interfaces, Hybrid User Interfaces, Collaborative User Interfaces, Multimodal Interfaces, or others) or/and multimedia design scenarios (Text, Image, Audio, Video, Animation, Three-Dimensional Content, Web, Mobile, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality) within the scope of citizenship.

    P6      Fashion Design
    Chair   Rafaela Norogrando [ rafaela.norogrando@ubi.pt ]  
    — Of all the areas of Design, the theme of fashion is the one that most triggers the conflicts of our time in its economic, social and environmental complexity within a world that is trying to be more sustainable. Still, it is a pure reflection of societies and cultures in constant movement in time and in the emotional relationship with the human being.
    For this panel, we seek the interfaces with the body and with identity. We accept communications that reflect fashion design through different approaches and contributions, from technologies to a historical, heritage, industrial, anthropological, socio-economic vision or to interfaces with art, music, technology and other possibilities in the scope of scientific research today.

    P7      Design and Sustainability
    Chair   Ana Margarida Ferreira [ margarida.gomes.ferreira@ubi.pt ]
    — The Design agenda for Sustainability and Citizenship is linked to a vast and interconnected set of themes. Environmental justice and Human Rights, lifelong learning, inclusivity and education for all, the preservation of biodiversity and natural habitats or new approaches beyond the Anthropocene perspective express the diversity and interest of this broad line of research and action, and offer an infinite and challenging space to discuss, explore and build new knowledge. Within this framework, research of a theoretical or applied nature that addresses citizenship in its contemporary understanding is very welcome and will be seen as an important contribution from the practices and values of Art and Design towards a more sustainable planet and a happier citizenry.

    P8      Textile and Community
    Chair   Rita Salvado [ rita.salvado@ubi.pt ]
    — We all have an opinion on textiles, beginning with the choice of the clothes we wear and buy. But textile material, transformed by craft techniques or industrial technologies, records stories that intersect the public and private spheres, and acquires meanings that go beyond commercial value. The textile transformation itself creates a space for experimentation, community and exercise of citizenship. Therefore, this panel invites authors to reflect on how design, in its multiple specializations, can enhance textile materials and modes of production, artisanal and industrial, to create communities, value endogenous resources, renew crafts, and promote civic transformation.



  • Calendar

    JUN 01, 2024: Deadline of the 1st Call for Papers / Projects
    JUN 30
    , 2024: Deadline of the 2nd Call for Papers / Projects
    JUL 31, 2024: Notification of Acceptance
    SEP 10, 2024: Deadline for registration of authors with accepted proposals
    OCT 01, 2024: Release of the final version of the Conference program
    OCT 20, 2024: Deadline for registration of participants without communication
    OCT 24-25, 2024: Conference
    NOV 30, 2024: Deadline for the submission of full papers



  • Registration


    1. Professor, Researcher or Professional with accepted communication — €130
    2. PhD or Master's Student with accepted communication — €70
    3. UBI Professor, Researcher or Student with accepted communication — Free
    4. Member of the Scientific Committee with accepted communication — Free
    5. Audience (without communication, with Conference support materials and certificate of participation) — €30
    6. Audience (without communication, with certificate of participation) — €5
    7. Authors with accepted communication who are not responsible for the presentation — Free
    8. Audience (without communication, without Conference support materials and without certificate of participation) — Free

    Registration is mandatory for participants covered by categories 1 to 6 (listed above). If the accepted communication proposal was submitted by more than one author, registration must be made by the 1st Author or, alternatively, by the person responsible for the presentation during the Conference.
    Formalizing the registration requires sending (via email: designa@labcom.ubi.pt) proof of payment of the stipulated fee, accompanied by the following information:
    - Full name
    - Institutional affiliation
    - Profession or occupation
    - ID assigned to the submitted proposal (if applicable)
    - Contact email
    - NIF (Identification Number for Tax Purposes) to include on the receipt
    - Address to include on the receipt
    - Students must attach proof of enrollment

    PAYMENT [Bank Transfer]
    Bank: Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD)
    Name / Company: University of Beira Interior (UBI)
    Account no: 0270021357230
    IBAN: PT50 0035 0270 00021357230 64

    For further information, please contact:
    Catarina Moura [designa@labcom.ubi.pt]
    Mércia Pires [+351 275 242 023 / ext. 1201]

    Authors with an accepted paper or project, to be presented orally at the event, must necessarily formalize their registration and pay the corresponding fee, which entitles them to, among others: (1) Be included in the official Conference program; (2) Receive supporting documentation and materials; (3) Obtain certificate of participation; (4) Publish in the Conference proceedings and/or in other publications, upon proposal from the Organization.
    Proposals signed by two or more authors: only the 1st Author or the person responsible for the presentation pays for registration. The remaining authors can attend the Conference free of charge, unless they wish to have access to support materials and/or certificate of participation (registration + payment of the fee indicated above).

    Members of the Organization and of the various Committees, Guests, Professors / Researchers / Students / Employees of University of Beira Interior, and general public who wish to attend the Conference are exempt from paying the registration fee. If any member of the Scientific Committee has an accepted communication or project, they must formalize their registration by submitting the information required above (without proof of payment).

    The registration fee does not include lunch or dinner.



  • Call for Papers+Projects

    DESIGNA 2024 (8th edition) invites the submission of original communication proposals or projects with a seminal profile, framed by the relationship between Design and Citizenship, and indexed to one of the conference’s thematic panels:
    P1  Theory and Criticism
    P2  History and Education
    P3  Communication Design
    P4  Product Design
    P5  Multimedia and Interface
    P6  Fashion Design
    P7  Design and Sustainability
    P8  Textile and Community

    EXTENDED ABSTRACT (.rtf, .doc or .odt)
    The extended abstract of communication proposals or project presentations must not exceed 2500 words and may be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish. 
    It should include title; indication of the proposal’s corresponding thematic panel; theme and its relevance for this edition of the Conference; question and/or hypothesis to be explored; conceptual and methodological framework; expected results (if applicable); 3 to 5 bibliographical references; and up to 5 keywords. All these elements are included in the limit of words. 
    The extended abstract should be a developed proposal, presenting its evaluators / reviewers with a clear explanation of the author(s)' intentions regarding the submitted proposal.

    The extended abstract must be submitted electronically, by June 1st (1st Call) / June 30th, 2024 (2nd Call), through the submission platform found on the conference’s website (www.designa.ubi.pt). Each proposal will be automatically assigned an identification code which will allow it to be anonymously assigned to two scientific reviewers. This code (ID) will also be necessary at different moments to identify the submitted proposal until the dates of the Conference.
    In order to guarantee the necessary anonymity, the submitted file must not contain any element that allows the identification of the author(s), under penalty of exclusion. This information must only be provided when filling in the data requested on the submission platform. 
    Each participant may submit 1 proposal as main author and up to 2 additional proposals as secondary author. The registration fee corresponds to the main authorship of each proposal accepted to integrate the final program of the event.

    The reviewing committee will analyze the extended abstracts within a double blind peer review process, selecting those that demonstrate relevance, originality and suitability to the theme and objectives of the conference. 
    Proposals that do not meet these criteria will be excluded and should not expect notification of refusal.

    Authors with a selected communication or project proposal will be notified of their acceptance by June 30th (1st Call) / July 30th, 2024 (2nd Call).

    The full version of the paper / project must be sent by November 30th, 2024, following the Publishing Guidelines set out on the conference page. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the exclusion of the paper from the conference proceedings.

    Once received, the full version of the paper / project will be submitted to the appreciation of the Scientific Committee. The authors may be notified of necessary changes (to be submitted within fifteen days after receiving this notification) as a condition for its publication.

    Proposals that are not selected to be part of the panels in the oral communication format, but that meet the minimum arbitration criteria, may be included in the conference program as posters. The deadlines for the submission of posters for presentation and publication are the same applied to communications and posters.
    The guidelines for the presentation of posters during the event will be communicated to the author(s) if they are included in the final program of the conference.

    Author(s) with an accepted communication or project must register by September 10th, 2024 (following the instructions on the conference website), thus confirming their interest in being part of the official program, as well as their presence at the event.

    The communication must be prepared for 15 minutes and can be delivered in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
    In view of the international nature of the conference, any visual support to the presentation (e.g. PowerPoint or similar) must be written in English.
    The presentation file must be taken by the authors on the day of their communication, saved on a pendrive. All conference spaces will be equipped with a computer and a data show.
    The author(s) must inform the Organization (designa@labcom.ubi.pt) about the necessary technical requirements for their presentation (e.g. VGA / HDMI adapters), so that they can be made available.

    Projects can be presented orally as communications (following the instructions of the previous point) or, if the format so warrants, displayed in a space reserved for this purpose. This information must be sent to the Organization (designa@labcom.ubi.pt) by September 15th, 2024, so that the necessary conditions for this exhibition can be assessed.

    1. Requests to change the presentation day and hour after publication of the final version of the conference program may only be considered depending on the exceptional nature of the circumstances that justify them.
    2. The publication (on paper or digitally) of the conference proceedings does not represent any additional payment besides the conference registration fee
    3. The submission of a communication proposal presupposes the tacit transfer of publication rights to the University of Beira Interior.
    4. Obtaining authorization to publish all the images included in papers or projects is a responsibility of the authors.



  • Full Paper / Guidelines

    The full text corresponding to the communication or project accepted to integrate the official conference program must be sent to the Organizing Committee by November 30th, 2024, via email (designa@labcom.ubi.pt).
    All files or folders that cannot be sent this way due to their size may be shared using WeTransfer (or a similar platform)
    In both cases, reception will be confirmed.

    A single text file saved with the Author's ID (code automatically assigned by the platform when submitting the initial proposal — e.g. ID101.docx), saved in .docx, .doc, .rtf or .odt, and with minimal formatting.
    PDF files will not be accepted.

    For projects, we recommend the final submission (for publication) of an extended descriptive report (up to 10,000 words), accompanied (if applicable) by a maximum number of 10 images. When sent (text and images), they must be recorded with the Author's ID as well.
    Projects may also be made available in their original and specific formats (video, photography, infographics, etc.), in a space created for this purpose on the conference website, if that is the stated preference of the author(s).

    — ID (submission code)
    — Identification of the panel in which the proposal was integrated
    — Title
    — Full name of the Author(s)
    — Professional category(ies)
    — Institutional affiliation(s) (if applicable)
    — Contact email(s)
    — Abstract (up to 300 words) *
    — 3 to 5 keywords
    — Text (up to 15,000 words, in any of the working languages) **
    — Captions, indicating source and credits, must be placed in the intended location for insertion of the respective images, graphs or tables, together with the identification number with which each of these elements is recorded.
    — Footnotes must be listed at the end of the text, before the Bibliographic References
    — Bibliographic References ***

    * The abstract included in the final version of the paper does not correspond to the extended abstract initially submitted for evaluation of the proposal. It will now be a condensed version of it (up to 300 words).
    ** Portuguese, English or Spanish
    *** Following the norms of APA 7th edition

    Images, graphics, and tables (max. 10) must be sent in separate files or in an autonomous folder, saved with the same ID and numbered in sequence (e.g. ID101-01.jpg, ID101-02.jpg, etc.).
    They can be saved in .jpeg, .tiff or .png, guaranteeing the necessary quality for printing.
    Graphics and tables must be sent as images, following the instructions above.

    The Scientific Committee will review and validate the full versions of the submitted papers and projects, notifying the author(s) if changes are deemed necessary.
    The altered version should be returned to the Organizing Committee within 15 days from the date of this notification, by email (designa@labcom.ubi.pt).



  • Submission Platform






  • Scientific Committee

    Afonso Borges, ID+ Universidade de Aveiro PT 
    Aidan Rowe, University of Alberta CA
    Alastair Fuad-Luke, University of Bozen-Bolzano IT
    Aline Monçores, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT 
    Anabela Gradim, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Ana Margarida Ferreira, Universidade da Beira Interior PT 
    Andreea Palade, West University of Timisoara RO
    Catarina Moura, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Cátia Rijo, Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa PT
    Carmen Bellido Márquez, FBA Universidad de Granada ES
    Daniel Brandão, ICS Universidade do Minho PT
    Daniel Raposo, ESART Instituto Politécnico Castelo Branco PT
    Elena Formia, DA Università di Bologna IT
    Elena González Miranda, FBA Universidad del País Vasco ES 
    Filipe Alarcão, ESAD Caldas da Rainha PT
    Flávio Almeida, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Francisco Paiva, Universidade da Beira Interior PT 
    Helena Barbosa, DCA Universidade de Aveiro PT
    Isabel Cantista, Universidade Lusíada PT
    Paulo Queiroz, FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    Joana Casteleiro, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Joaquim Paulo Serra, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT 
    João Neves, ESART Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco PT
    Jorge dos Reis, FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    Júlio Londrim, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Marco Neves, FA Universidade de Lisboa PT 
    Maria de Fátima Mattos, CUML / ABEPEM São Paulo BR 
    Mário Bismarck, FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Mário Moura, FBA Universidade do Porto PT 
    Miguel Bandeira Duarte, EAAD Universidade do Minho PT
    Miguel Carvalhais, INESC TEC, FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Mónica Romãozinho, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Nuno Coelho, Universidade de Coimbra PT
    Nuno Martins, IPCA Escola Superior de Design PT
    Paulo Oliveira Freire Almeida, EA Universidade do Minho PT
    Paulo Luís Almeida . FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Pedro Amado, FBA, Universidade do Porto PT
    Pedro Oliveira, IADE Universidade Europeia PT
    Peter Hall, University of the Arts, London UK
    Rafaela Norogrando, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Raul Cunca, FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT 
    Renata Pitombo Cidreira, Universidade Federal da Bahia BR
    Renato Bispo, ESAD Caldas da Rainha PT
    Rita Salvado, FE Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Sara Velez Estêvão, FAL Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Secil Ugur Yavuz, University of Bozen-Bolzano IT
    Sofia Leal Rodrigues, FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT 
    Şölen Kipöz, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Izmir Univ TK
    Sheila Pontis, UCL University College London UK
    Sílvia Barros de Held, EACH Universidade de São Paulo BR
    Oscar Tomico, Eindhoven U. of Technology NL / ELISAVA SP
    Teresa Franqueira, Universidade de Aveiro PT
    Vanda Correia, ESTG Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre PT
    Vasco Branco, DCA Universidade de Aveiro PT



  • Organization

    Francisco Paiva
    Catarina Moura 

    Ana Margarida Ferreira (Design and Sustainability)
    Catarina Moura (History and Education)
    Joana Casteleiro (Multimedia and Interfaces)
    Júlio Londrim (Theory and Criticism)
    Mónica Romãozinho (Product Design)
    Rafaela Norogrando (Fashion Design)
    Rita Salvado (Textiles and Community)
    Sara Velez (Communication)

    Daniel Baldaia
    Miguel Manteigueiro Thais Longaray

    Mércia Pires (+351) 275 242 023  / ext. 1201
    Cristina Lopes

    iA* Unidade de Investigação em Artes
    Grupo de Artes do LabCom - Comunicação e Artes

    website: www.designa.ubi.pt
    email: designa@labcom.ubi.pt

    Faculty of Arts and Humanities 
    Arts Department

    iA* Research in Arts - https://iartes.ubi.pt
    LabCom - Communication and Arts - https://labcomca.ubi.pt
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