Design practice.
Location independent.


. Fieldwork & gathering insights
. Human-centred methodology
. Creative concept development
. Qualities of sustainability framework
. Interactions & co-creations

How might we collaborate?

A design process
available for impact ventures.
 

How might we empower small-scale businesses to design their story of impact? 

This new service is outcome of doctoral design research.

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A research project
on design practice
& the human spirit.


What is the relationship between designers inner lives and their practice in the world? 

We are drawing together community and conversations to invoke poetics and beauty into design practice. Sharing stories, frameworks, philosophies. 

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Joana
Designer x Researcher, Ph.D

As a designer my work is people-centred;  
it supports and facilitates the development of honourable products and services that amplify the qualities of sustainability. 


I run a location independent practice.  
For a decade, I have worked with thought-leading organisations around the world and dynamic startups alike.  My experience embeds a worldview through design projects:  worked across Europe, Africa, North America and Asia (aiming for all continents in a lifetime!).  I support clients in the early stage of design development - that includes -understanding humans and their context.  Experience in fieldwork, insight gathering and facilitating interactions was solidified by rigour of a Doctoral Degree (PhD) in design research.

Currently Professor of Interaction Design at CODE University Berlin
Collaborating with IDEO U San Francisco. 

Launching Communication Assembly in various cities, a new design process that supports impact ventures to communicate their story.  Developing project Design.Dharma, a unique research project on design & the human spirit. 

Previously, worked with the likes of Hyper IslandGreen School IndonesiaForum For the Future, Tate Modern UKGeneral Assembly & The Doi Tung Sustainable Development Project Thailand

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.  Resident of The Point People. My community is Sandbox.  

I wrote my Ph.=D thesis at Central Saint Martins London titled "Design for Communication: a collaborative practice to amplify qualities of sustainability" (now in the process of re-writing into a book format open to everyone).

 

Mentoring

Civic Innovation Fellowship Manila, Philippines - 2017
WhatIF Innovation Programme Switzerland - 2017
Edacy, Senegal - 2017
Wedu, SE Asia, 2016

 

Speaking

Design is also about listening & sharing.
I often participate in panels and give talks about my practice to a variety of audiences - absolutely enjoy this!
 

If what I do resonates with your organisation or event -  I would love to hear from you.

Themes include design research, sustainability, communications design, startups and social enterprises, the designer in the field around the world, and more inspirational concepts like design.dharma.  

Talks I have delivered include the Royal Society of Arts and Creative Mornings London. Interviews shared on my work include R/GA Futures Publication, Design Indaba.

My speaking mentor is writer Sarah K Peck 
and I am part of Women's Speaking Initiative by author Adam Smiley.






 

 

Teaching & Facilitating

I teach design processes at academic level & to everyone who wants to learn how design tools & methods support creative ventures.  
 

I hold a pedagogic teaching certificate up to Masters level from University of Arts London.


Learning & Development: client-focused

I facilitate masterclasses, workshops and design immersions.  
All content and materials used is my own and designed within context of business challenges.
How might you benefit from a creative design session?
Let's create something for you.


Teaching

IDEO U - Assistant Teacher - 2017
Edacy - Bootcamp in design thinking - 2017
Hyper Island - Supervisor Masters Digital Media Management - 2016
Green School Bali Indonesia - Service Design Methods - 2016


Academic engagements

Visiting lecturer at California College of Arts - 2015
Visiting lecturer Pasadena Arts Center - 2015
Visiting lecturer Ansal University India - 2015
Speaker National Institute of Design Bangalore - 2014