©  DESIGNA  2016
  • Presentation

    DESIGNA - International Conference on Design Research, adopts ‘Error’ as a motto for its 6th edition.

    Traditionally depreciated for embodying unsuccess, failure, deceit, incorrectness, ignorance or even nonsense, “error” has an unattainable speculative potential, if for nothing else by the way it opposes the almost hegemonic culture of progress and success, that so much inspires Design activities. We believe it to be a suggestive theme, not only for project but also for theory and criticism of similarity and difference patterns facing norm or expectation, central to the practice and training of designers.

    Error reports to the action of wandering, deviation, deceit and uncertainty, but also to the illusion that allows the assumption of awareness and doubt capable of clarifying the purpose of a programme or project. Error has obvious costs, but it also has value.

    In the field of Design, the meaning of error has been underestimated, since it entails a performative potential able to annul the stigma of failure that even religious scatology attributes it. Error opens to the unexpected, being able to unveil involuntary and surprising dimensions from a process or a subject. More than an absolute error, we think about the relative error. The error that does not diminish, but amplifies the processes’ possibilities. The necessary error.

    Considering that error allows progression is a complex matter, almost paradoxical, demanding the exploration of multiple clues, answers and variables. It matters to know how error as an exception may count in the learning process, either by showing us the limits to the norm, or by being a necessary step to perfect or understand subjects whose contours escape a “truth”, revealing the unlikely capable to shake the most positivist mental frames, as much as corrections and amendments enhance the subject’s level of awareness regarding certain situations.

    Although error allows the achievement of knowledge and experience, improving resilience, it remains in contemporary society as a paradigm for what it may or may not be done. The way one relates to error denotes, therefore, a person or community’s maturity and ability to deal with their cultural boundaries. Having different types of error, from the heart, the will, from action, and so on, only the ones who dare are able to fail.

    Assuming this risk, this year’s DESIGNA appeals to critical looks over non-homologated design processes and objects, able to arouse strangeness, produce an analysis of the unconformity, uncertainty and failed intents encompassed by the world’s complexity.

    Error as a subject of a Design Conference comprehends in itself an entire ideological programme, with practical, theoretical, critical, pedagogical and even political implications. It is precisely to discuss this vast speculative field that we invite all designers, researchers and general academia to “labour in error”, submitting their communication proposals to DESIGNA’s 6th edition.



  • Call / Papers

    DESIGNA 2016 invites the submission of original communication proposals, with a seminal propensity, thought from and within the connection between Design and Error, 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. It 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) aims to explore, conceptual and methodological framework, predicted results (when applied) and up to five keywords.



    The abstract must be submitted until September 15, 2016 through the conference’s website (www.designa.ubi.pt). The submission platform will issue each abstract an automatic identification code, in order to grant 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 September 25, 2016.


    Full Paper Submission

    The complete version of the paper corresponding to the communication proposal must be submitted until October 30th, 2016, 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. Nonetheless, posters will not integrate the final proceedings.


    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.



  • 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 . ESART I. 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 Brandão . IPCA Escola Superior de Design PT
    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
    Miguel Santiago Fernandes . Universidade da Beira Interior PT
    Nuno Martins . IPCA Escola Superior de Design PT  
    Paulo Freire Almeida . EA Universidade do Minho PT
    Paulo Luís Almeida . FBA Universidade do Porto PT
    Raul Cunca . FBA Universidade de Lisboa PT
    Regina Sanches . EACH Universidade de São Paulo BR  
    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 . EACH 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.IFP - Communication, Philosophy and Humanities 
    Rua Marquês D'Ávila e Bolama  
    6200-001 Covilhã - Portugal (Map) GPS: +40° 16' 40.31" -7° 30' 32.30"

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    © DESIGNA 2016



  • 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

    07/15 – 09/15  Call for Papers / Abstracts

    09/25  Notification of acceptance

    10/30  Deadline for full paper submission

    11/10  Deadline for registration of authors with accepted proposal

    11/15  Final Program

    11/24-25  DESIGNA 2016





  • 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 September 15th 2016, 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 October 30th 2016, 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 24th and 25th), 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 21st) 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 21st, 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: