Katja Christina Tschimmel

Katja Tschimmel, German by birth and Portuguese by choice, is consultant and executive trainer, researcher and lecturer, coach and conference speaker.

Having a Ph.D in Design and a Masters in Applied Creativity, Katja researches in the fields of Creative Thinking, Design Thinking, Creative Processes and Innovation for more than 20 years. She presents her work in national and international conferences, having been keynote speaker in numerous international conferences. She publishes regularly in the area of creativity and design, having recently published the collective book “The Creativity Virus - a book about and for Creative Thinking” (2019). Katja is the author of the “Evolution 6” Innovation & Design Thinking Model, which is licensed by Creative Commons, CC by-SA since 2015. She believes that raising awareness about the factors which incentives creativity, contributes to more efficiency in innovation processes.

Katja is the managing owner of MINDSHAKE, a Consultancy in Creative Thinking and Design. With the “Evolution 6” Model she coaches creative processes of start-ups and in innovation departments of several companies. As a trainer and facilitator, Katja has a lot of experience in the conception and realisation of workshops about Creativity and Innovation, Creative Processes in Organisations, (Service) Design Thinking, Creative Thinking Tools and Group Dynamics.

Currently Katja is Guest Professor at Porto Business School (Portugal) and at Laurea University (Helsinki, Finland). For 15 years she was Professor at ESAD, College of Arts and Design in Matosinhos (Portugal), where she was coordinating between 2014 and 2017 the research project D-THINK - Design Thinking Applied in Education and Training, Erasmus+ Program, KA2 - Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices. At ESAD she also coordinated the first Post Graduation Course in Design Thinking in Portugal. By invitation she teaches in several other educational institutions in Portugal and abroad. Katja supervises many Masters and Ph.D dissertations and participates in numerous academic juries. She is a member of several international scientific committees for peer reviews.

Situação actual

  • Owner Mindshake
  • Guest lecturer Porto Business School

Detalhes relativos ao doutoramento

Grupos de Investigação


  • Tschimmel, K. (2011). Processos Criativos. A emergência de ideias na perspetica sistémica da criatividade. Matosinhos: Edições ESAD. ISBN 978-972-98303-6-5.
  • Tschimmel, K. (Coord.) (2019). The Creativity Virus – A Book about and for Creative Thinking. Porto: Edição Mindshake. ISBN 978-989-20-9409-0.
Capítulos de livros
  • Clemente, V., Tschimmel, K., Pombo, F. (2020). Mapping the territories around Design Research: a four-layer analysis. In Almendra, R. & Ferreira, J. (eds) Research & Education in Design: People & Processes & Products & Philosophy Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 147-156
  • Tschimmel K., Santos J. (2019). How Designers Can Contribute to Education. In: Bagnara S., Tartaglia R., Albolino S., Alexander T., Fujita Y. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). IEA 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 824. Springer, Cham, pp. 2098-2107. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96071-5_219
International journals
  • Clemente, V, Tschimmel, K., Vieira, R. (2017). Why a Logbook? A backpack journey as a metaphor for product design education. The Design Journal, 20 (sup1): S1530-S1542.
  • Clemente, V., Tschimmel, K, Pombo, F. (2017). A Future Scenario for a Methodological Approach applied to PhD Design Research: From Empirical Study to Analytical Model. The Design Journal, 20 (sup1): S792-S802.
National journals
  • Clemente, V, Tschimmel, K., Vieira, R, M. (2016) Pensamento criativo e crítico no Desenvolvimento de Produto: uma intervenção didática baseada no Design Thinking. Revista Lusófona de Educação, 32: 75-92.
International conferences
  • Tschimmel, K., Santos, J. (2018). Design Thinking applied in Higher Education. D-Think, a European Project for Innovating Educational Systems. In Carmo, M. (Ed.). Education and New Developments 2018 – Proceedings of the International Conference on Education and New Developments (END 2018), organised by the World Institute for Advanced Research and Science (WIARS). Published by inScience Press. pp. 209 – 213.
  • Tschimmel, K., Santos, J. (2018). Design Thinking applied to the Redesign of Business Education. In Proceedings of the XXIX ISPIM Innovation Conference, The Name of the Game, 17 – 20 June 2018, Stockholm.
  • Clemente, V., Vieira, R., & Tschimmel, K. (2016). A learning toolkit to promote creative and critical thinking in product design and development through Design Thinking. In Engineering Education (CISPEE), 2016 2nd International Conference of the Portuguese Society for (pp. 1-6). IEEE.
  • Clemente, V, Vieira, R, M., Tschimmel, K. (2015). Desenvolvimento do pensamento criativo e crítico em estudantes de Tecnologia e Design de Produto: o percurso investigativo à luz do Design Thinking. In Dominguez, Caroline et. al. (Eds.) Pensamento Crítico na Educação: Desafios Atuais (pp.17-23), UTAD Vila Real, Portugal.
  • Clemente, V., Vieira, R., & Tschimmel, K. (2018). A metaphoric thinking styles taxonomy to promote students’ metacognitive self-reflection in Design learning. In O. Moret (Ed.), Back to the Future The Future in the Past. ICDHS 10th+1 Barcelona 2018 Conference Proceedings Book. (pp. 679-683)
  • Clemente. V., Tschimmel, K. & Pombo, F.(2018). Methodologies in Doctoral Research in Design: the Role of Research Paradigms. In ICDHS 10th+1 Conference Back to the Future: starting again understanding our own past and heritage Barcelona, 29-31 November, 2018.
Outras publicações
  • Tschimmel, K., Santos, J. Loyens, D., Jacinto, A. Monteiro, R., Valença, M. (2015). Research Report D-Think. Design Thinking Applied to Education and Training. Erasmus+, KA2 Strategic Partnership. Matosinhos: Ed. ESAD. ISBN 978-989-8829-03-0. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1049.0643 Ligação
  • Tschimmel, K., Loyens, D., Soares, J., Oraviita, T., Jacinto, A., Barroca, A., Marinova, B., Santos, J., Carenzo, M., Manzini, S. (2017). D-Think Toolkit. Design Thinking Applied to Education and Training. Erasmus+, KA2 Strategic Partnership. Matosinhos: Ed. ESAD. Ligação