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  1. Anthropophagy traces in a cultural commons platform

    Anthropophagy traces in a cultural commons platform

    Position paper for the workshop Commoning Design and Designing Commons. Abstract: Anthropophagy points to the practice of hybridizing foreign cultures with local cultures to counter colonialism. An infrastructure trace ethnography being conducted in Corais Platform database reveals evidence of anthropophagy in members’ interaction. The preliminary findings present a challenging narrative to designing commons and commoning design: […] - May 18, 2020
  2. Design ethnography with activity theory

    Design ethnography with activity theory

    Design ethnography is a field study method which aims at uncovering user needs and innovation opportunities. Through this method, anthropologists can help understand the context, bringing up semantic, emotional, and social issues that may represent innovation opportunities. However, most design ethnographies are not carried out by trained anthropologists. Design ethnography is typically conducted by designers themselves, […] - Oct 28, 2016
  3. Expansive Design Open Data

    Expansive Design Open Data

    The Expansive Design thesis was crafted on the methodology of historical analysis from Cultural Historical Activity Theory and Production of Space Theory. This page explains in details how data was collected and analyzed, as well as introduces the data records, which are made public here. Open data The graphical maps used for data collection and […] - Feb 15, 2016
  4. Designer’s role in a Free Design world

    Designer’s role in a Free Design world

    On the beginning of the year, I gave a talk with my friend Gonçalo Ferraz at a Design student conference about the future role of the professional designer. We envisioned a big leap in design practice, moving from designing products to designing process. Going further than Service Design and Co-design approaches, we expect that people […] - May 2, 2011