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My name is Bárbara. I blab about Design Management.

The Year of Portuguese Design

This year, between June 2014 and May 2015, Portugal is celebrating The Year of Portuguese Design. As a Government’s initiative to value Portuguese design and to promote it internationally, there … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

DMY 2014 International Design Festival Berlin

This was my second time at the DMY Berlin and my expectations were a bit too high. With the same incredible venue — the hangars of the former Airport Berlin-Tempelhof — on … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tutoring Design Management

With an invitation from ESAD Matosinhos, I have been tutoring two master’s dissertations on design management: one relating it to the industry of events and the other to the act … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Start-Up Jam Berlin

And they rocked once again! ^_^ With Start-Uppers and Start-Up Teams in mind, Service Design Berlin organized a 1-Day Accelerator Program called Start-Up Jam Berlin on the 13th of December at The Wye. Though the premises were different … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

NEXT Service Design 2013

Thanks to Service Design Berlin and who voted for me, I won a ticket to NEXT Service Design 2013! This is the conference for designing digital services that gathers designers, marketing strategists, … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Service Experience Camp

True to their innovative attitude, Service Design Berlin organized a hybrid event for service innovators called Service Experience Camp on the weekend of 14 – 15 of September at The Wye. Part Conference, part BarCamp, … Continue reading

September 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

About the business of design

“Business people don’t just need to understand designers better; they need to become designers.” — Martin, R. (2005) The Business of Design. Fast Company magazine, issue April 2005.

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

DMI Web Conversations

The Design Management Institute (DMI) is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to heighten awareness of design as an essential part of business strategy. Founded in 1975, DMI has become … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

About design

“Design is to design a design to produce a design.” — Heskett, J. (2005) Design: a very short introduction. USA, Oxford University Press

July 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Barcelona Field Trip

June ended in the most inspiring way. With a very special thanks to Daniela Marzavan, I had the opportunity to join the Design Thinking class at HTW-Berlin for a field trip … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

Adobe Creative Days

Adobe Creative Days is an event to discover what’s coming next from Adobe. The tour covered 14 different venues and, though it wasn’t the perfect stage for connecting and exchanging ideas, … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

DMY 2013 International Design Festival Berlin

DMY Berlin is an international design network for contemporary product design. Founded in 2003, it is clear that it has now become a place for designers and non-designers to meet, wether … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Creative Mornings

CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Tina Roth Eisenberg started CreativeMornings, in her design studio, back in September of 2009 in NYC. The goal was to create an … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

João Branco

Professor at the Universidade de Aveiro since 1998, founded and coordinated Comunicarte, a magazine of the Department of Communication and Art and, together with professors Vasco Branco, Francisco Providência and Carlos Aguiar, formed … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Design thinking is dead?

“Many in the design community appear to be ready to call game over on Design Thinking. Whether you believe a certificate of death is premature or are all too happy to … Continue reading

April 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

About design management

“Design management is about the management of design.” — Best, K. (2006)  Design management: managing design strategy, process and implementation. Lausanne: Ava Publishing S.A.

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Service Design Drinks

From time to time, Service Design Berlin organizes an event called Service Design Drinks, which acts as a meet-up for Berlin’s service design community. Yesterday, the gathering took place at D.Collective, under … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rachel Cooper

Having been the first woman to obtain a doctorate in design and having dedicated herself to design research for over twenty years (Pemberton-Billing, Cooper, & North Wootton, 2003), Rachel Cooper … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

About silent-design

“Design is too important to be left to designers alone.” — Dumas, A. (1996) From Icon to Beacon: The New British Design Council and the Global Economy. Design Management Journal, Summer, 10-14.

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is design management?

At first glance, one can assume that design management focuses on teaching managers how to design or rather teaching designers how to manage and, though I have a secret desire … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment