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  1. Designing for freedom and liberation

    Designing for freedom and liberation

    Design is often defined as a professional activity that produces physical and symbolic artifacts. However, in contemporary common parlance, the design word is also used to describe the characteristics of this professional activity’s products. Despite professionals claiming responsibility for these qualities, there is ample evidence that such qualities are not defined solely by professionals. Instead, […] - Oct 31, 2018
  2. Design livre at Corais Platform: an experience in cultivating a design commons with free software

    Design livre at Corais Platform: an experience in cultivating a design commons with free software

    Corais (Portuguese word for “coral reefs” and “choirs”) is an online platform for organizing projects with collaborative tools such as blog, text processing, task management, social credits, spreadsheets, polls, wiki and videoconference. These tools were developed using Drupal, a free software content management system, tailored to enable the appropriation of open design practices in Brazil. […] - Apr 21, 2014
  3. Open Design and Free Design are not the same

    Open Design and Free Design are not the same

    Design is a messy word with many different meanings. When people wants to stay focused on a practical matter, they add a noun to it: Graphic Design, Furniture Design. When they want to qualify Design, for instance, they use an adjective: Industrial Design, Good Design. It´s a simple statement that an adjective can change the […] - May 10, 2011
  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