Adriana Fernandes

Designer, educator, and researcher. Master in Industrial and Product Design at the University of Porto, and Ph.D. student in the doctoral design program at Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. Design strategist, innovator, and creative economy specialist, Adriana studies design as an impact tool for positive business, social and environmental changes. She has worked in industrial design for over 20 years, developing products and lighting projects. In the academic area since 2006, she has taught at several Brazilian universities in undergraduate and postgraduate design courses.

In Portugal, from 2018 to 2020, she acted as a researcher at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, coordinating the activities of "Oficina Design," a design project for the sustainability and social innovation carried out by the Municipality of Matosinhos, ADEIMA and the Design Studio FEUP. She is also a design consultant, working on projects aimed at applying strategic design as a transformation tool, in partnership with key Brazilian institutions such as IPTI - Institute for Research in Technology and Innovation, SEBRAE, and IED - Instituto Europeo di Design Brasil.

PhD Details

  • Field Design for social innovation, Sustainability, Creative economics, Crafts
  • Year 2023

Research Groups

Publications

Book chapters
  • Fernandes, A. P. (2017). Um novo artesanato brasileiro: a busca por uma identidade cultural e social. In. A. Arruda (Series Ed.), Design Contexto. Design e Inovação Social (1 ed., pp. 163 – 182). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5151/9788580392647-09 Link
International journals
  • Alves, J. L., Alquezar Facca , C., Fernandes, A. P., Rangel , B., & Barbosa, A. M. (2020). Interdisciplinariedad entre diseño e ingeniería: Nuevas competencias en la docencia de proyectos para la innovación circular. Cuadernos Del Centro De Estudios De Diseño Y Comunicación, (114). https://doi.org/10.18682/cdc.vi114.4121 Link
International conferences
  • Fernandes, A. (2017). Artesanato Brasileiro: patrimônio cultural e geração de renda. Uma experiência em busca de preservação e memória. Paper presented at the IV Seminário internacional – Academia de escolas de arquitetura e urbanismo de língua portuguesa – AEAULP, Belo Horizonte, Brasil.
  • Oliveira, Â., Teixeira, L., Silva, M., Rangel, B., Fernandes, A., & Alves, J. L. (2019). From fish scales to sea jewellery. Paper presented at the The 19th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production – ERSCP. Link
National conferences
  • Fernandes, A., Cardoso, A., Sousa, A., Buttunoi, C., Silva, G., Cardoso, J., . . . Alves, J. L. (2018). We Won’t Waste You, Design for Social Inclusion Project Based Learning methodology to connect the students to the society and the environment through innovation. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE), Portugal. Link
  • Fernandes, A., Rangel, B., Alves, J. L., & Neto, B. (2019). Educating designers to sustainable innovation – A reflection on the contribution of design in projects with social and environmental impact. Paper presented at the Education and new developments 2019, Porto, Portugal. Link
  • Fernandes, A., Facca, C. A., Alves, J. L., Rangel, B., Leite, R., Neto, B., & Barbosa, A. M. (2020, 27-30 April 2020). Sustainability as a theme of interdisciplinarity between design and engineering courses. Paper presented at the 2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON). Link
  • Leal, D., Alves, J. L., Fernandes, A., & Rangel, B. (2020, 27-30 April 2020). We Won’t Waste You:A research project to introduce waste and social sustainability in design thinking. Paper presented at the 2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON). Link

Scientific, artistic and cultural production

Technical work
  • Fernandes, A. (2019). Bid_est – Muestra de Estudiantes del 8º Encuentro BID – Enseñanza y diseño 2019. Participação em exposição com o produto “mås”, desenvolvido para o projeto Tribute to life, em parceria com a empresa Ikea Industry Paços de Ferreira. In. Madrid.
Other relevant cultural production
  • Fernandes, A. (2017). Curadoria da mostra de design e artesanato “Feito à mão”, realizada paralelamente ao evento Fashion Sunsets IED. Pesquisa, seleção e organização de 16 expositores de São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro e Minas Gerais. . In. Brasil.
  • Fernandes, A. (2018). Projeto expográfico, supervisão, montagem, e dois produtos em exibição na mostra “We Won’t Waste You” – Mostra dos produtos desenvolvidos por alunos do programa de Mestrado em Design Industrial e de Produto da Universidade do Porto para o projeto We Won’t Waste You. In. Porto.