Afonso Nuno Ramalho de Pinho Borges

Designer, professor of product design, and researcher of everyday objects.
Graduated in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Master in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, and Ph.D. in Design from the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro.
Dedicated to project and design criticism teaching, he is a Professor of the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro and collaborates with the Master's degree in Industrial and Product Design of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. He collaborated with the ESAD School of Art and Design and the University of Beira Interior, where he was a Professor, a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, of the Faculty Council, and Course Director of the 2nd cycle in Industrial Design.
Collaborator of the ID+ research unit and member of Design Obs. - For a Design Observatory in Portugal: Models, Instruments, Representation and Strategies, a project funded by FCT.
With the professional practice of product, communication, and identity design, in the studio Box / Borges-Rato, in the latest non-profit project One-Off, or in support of partnerships established at the University, developed or collaborated in the development of projects for national and international partners such as Alliance Healthcare, Área Metropolitana do Porto, BA Glass, Clã, Grilo Kitchenware, J.P. Sá Couto, Joalpe, Mota-Engil, Novartis, Optimus/Nos, Portgás, Porto Editora, Spal, Studio Andrew Howard, Teixeira Duarte, Vodafone ou Wook.
Started activity in 1994, having been General Coordinator of Design at Porto Editora Multimedia from 1996 to 2001, forming a widely awarded team.

Current positions

  • Professor Auxiliar Universidade de Aveiro
  • Professor Auxiliar convidado Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto

PhD Details

Research Groups

Publications

Book chapters
  • Costa, N.; Branco, V.; Costa, R.; Borges, A.; Modesto, A.; Cunca, R.; Silva, A., (2021) Infusing data literacy in design education: maturing a distributed design observation approach in Portugal, In: Martins N., Brandão D. (eds) Advances in Design and Digital Communication. Digicom 2021. Springer Series in Design and Innovation, ISBN: 978-3-030-89734-5, http://hdl.handle.net/10773/33145
  • Costa, N.; Branco, V.; Costa, R.; Borges, A.; Modesto, A.; Cunca, R.; Silva, A. (2021), Design Infrastructures: proposing alternative strategies for countries with a lower maturation of design culture in Advances in Human Dynamics for the Development of Contemporary Societies, Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conference on Human Dynamics for the Development of Contemporary Societies, July 25-29, 2021, USA, New York, July 25-29, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80415-2 Link
  • Costa, N., Costa, R., Borges, A., Branco, V., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A. C. (2021). Mapping the research thread of design PhDs: a PhD citation analysis of the Portuguese Doctorates. In R. J. Howlett & L. C. Jain (Eds.), Design for Tomorrow (Vol. 2, pp. 203–216). http://hdl.handle.net/10773/30627 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Modesto, A., Silva, C., & Cunca, R. (2020). TOWARDS A DESIGN OBSERVATORY: THE CASE OF SCHOLARLY DESIGN RESEARCH IN PORTUGAL. In Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 827-836). Cambridge University Press. Link
International conferences
  • Costa N., Costa R., Branco V., Borges A., Silva A. C., Modesto A., Cunca R., (2021), Representação e literacia dos dados: o caso das empresas de design em Portugal, 10th Information Design International Conference (CIDI), 18-22 October, Curitiba, Brasil, pp.1108-1107, https://www.proceedings.blucher.com.br/article-list/cidicongic2021-357/list#articles Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Ana Catarina, S., & Modesto, A. (2020). Towards a Design Observatory: crafting a distributed approach. Cumulus, 8-11 June, pp. 3121–3136, Italy, http://hdl.handle.net/10773/30629 Link
  • Borges A. & Vicente J. (2018) The Hard Life: A Pedagogical Experience in Industrial Design, in F. Rebelo & M. Soares (Ed.) Advances in Ergonomics in Design, vol. 777, Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Ergonomics in Design (pp.561-571), July 21–25, Springer, Cham USA, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94706-8_59, ISBN: 978-3-319-94705-1, Online ISBN: 978-3-319-94706-8 Link
  • Sousa, A., Sarmento, T., Borges, A. & Mendonça, R. (2019) Affordance, a Concept for a Measurable Design – Fitness furniture, a case study, Proceeding of Design Revolutions IASDR 2019 International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference, 2-5 Sept, Manchester, UK: Manchester School of Art of Manchester Metropolitan University Link
  • Borges, A. & Vicente, J. (2019). Industrial Design Course in a Low-Density Region, in E. Bohemia & All (Ed.) DS95 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education E&PDE 2019, 12-13 Sept, Glasgow, UK, University of Strathclyde, DOI: https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.59, ISBN: 978-1-912254-05-7 Link
  • Borges, A. & Moura, C. (2019) Protecting the Memory of Objets from Nostalgia, in K. Yaegashi, R. Valusyte, A. Biamonti, H. Anzai (Ed.) Meanings of Design in the Next Era, Proceedings of 4D – designing development / developing design (pp.217-219), 21-23 Oct, Osaka, Japan: Rustimeikan University, ISBN-978-4-600-00239-8 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Modesto, A., Silva, C., & Cunca, R. (2020). TOWARDS A DESIGN OBSERVATORY: THE CASE OF SCHOLARLY DESIGN RESEARCH IN PORTUGAL. Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference, 1, 827-836. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/dsd.2020.327 Link
Other publications
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C. (2021). Diplomados em Design em Portugal (2002-2020) (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5728036 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco,V., Costa,R., Borges,A., Cunca, R., Modesto,A. & Silva, A.C.(2020). Design doctorates undertaken in Portugal (Version 2) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4559415 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C.(2021). Bibliografia dos doutoramentos em design (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5727951 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C. (2021). Empresas e diplomados em Portugal – visão diacrónica 2010-2019 por NUT II (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5728054 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C. (2021). Empresas de Design em Portugal (visão detalhada, 2018, SABI) (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5728078 Link
  • Silva, A. C., Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2019) REDE#02 – Reunião de Escolas de Design, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, Barcelos, October 2019 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Modesto, A., Silva, C., & Cunca, R. (2020). Towards a Design Observatory: crafting a distributed approach, in Research@UA, pp.58, https://www.ua.pt/file/61865
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., Silva., A. (2020). Design doctorates undertaken in Portugal (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3701614 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Silva, A.C., & Modesto, A. (2020). Towards a Design Observatory: crafting a distributed approach. In Research@UA (Vol. 10, p. 56). Link
  • 1. Borges, A., Silva, A.C., Modesto, A., Cunca, A.R., Costa, R. & Branco, V. (2018), REDE#01 Reunião de Escolas de Design. Aveiro, UA Editora.

Scientific, artistic and cultural production

Technical work
  • Branco, V., Costa, N. & et al. (2019) Relatório de Progresso sobre o projecto DesignObs – Para um Observatório de Design em Portugal: Modelos, Instrumentos, Representação e Estratégias [PTDC/ART-DAQ/32445/2017]
Scientific events organization
  • Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2021) Member of organizing committee of REDE#03 – Reunião de Escolas de Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, December 2021.
  • Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2019) Member of organizing committee of REDE#02 – Reunião de Escolas de Design, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, Barcelos, October 2019.
  • COSTA, Rui (2019) – Organizer of REDE#02 – Reunião de Escolas de Design,IPCA, Barcelos, Portugal, 31 October 2019.
Other relevant cultural production
  • Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2021) Organizer of exposition “Observatory of Design in Portugal – Situation”, Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University, Lisbon, December 2021.

Projects