Tenured Assistant Professor and coordinator of Technological Industrial Design Program. Researches at the frontier between Ergonomics, Engineering and Industrial Design.

(See my biography page for more information).


Latest publications:
Semiotic Analysis in Perspective: A Frame of Reference to Inform Industrial Design Practice

This paper is aimed at contributing towards the understanding of the process of embedding meaning in products, to inform industrial design practice.

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Transfering Portuguese and Lusophone Cultural Traits to Product Design: A Process Informed with Product Personality Attributes

the paper investigates how product design specifications are created based on the assignment of product personalities to capture Portuguese and Lusophone cultural aspects

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An Approach to Validation of Industrial Design Concepts Inspired by Nature

The paper presents the deployment of the validation process proposed within a design case, consisting of a novel CD shelf, which is inspired on the spider-web.

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A Search for the Portuguese Cultural Identity Reflected in the Design of Products

An overview of Portuguese and Brazilian design production intended to identify a possibly existing Lusophone design identity, taking existing design production as an empirical basis.

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Do People Seek Pleasurable Products? A Questionnaire Study Shows the Relevance of Designing for Pleasure

This paper is centered on design for pleasure and is based on empirical data to verify if people actually seek pleasure with products.

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Perspectives on Industrial Designers' Integration in the Job Market

The paper looks at the constraints prevalent on starting a career in industrial design in Portuguese speaking countries.

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Bionic Design: Presentation of a Two Way Methodology

This paper brings forward a new methodology for bionic design supporting the unfolding of two directions of progress with illustration in two examples of application within new design cases.

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Toy Design: A Methodological Perspective

In this paper, toy design is viewed from a systematic design perspective, informed by sustainability and ecological concerns leading to the proposal of two new toys.

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Crowd Sourced Product Design: A Focus Group Study

The paper discusses radical transformation of the product development process by crowd sourcing and the new role and horizons of designers in this new gradually reshaped product development arena.

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Published online: November 10th, 2014

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Meta-design of the Logotype of the Protected Designation of Origin Serra da Estrela Cheese

A discursive analysis proposing alternative new logos for a specialty cheese from Portugal, involving scenario study, a focus group study, and stakeholder consultation

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