Fernando Carvalho

University Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

Fernando Carvalho

Fernando Carvalho has a Ph.D. in Design (Healthcare Service Improvement) from Loughborough University, UK, and an MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Notre Dame, USA, with a focus on medical design and health services. Currently, Dr. Carvalho is a Lecturer in Product Design at Nottingham Trent University, where he leads modules and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His professional and research portfolio contains a broad range of projects that include healthcare services, medical devices and hospital interiors, paralympic sports accessories, digital design, civil construction equipment, information design interventions, and innovative educational solutions.

Designing at the Edge of Civilization

Rapid Fire Session

Track 2

Wed - Sept. 22

5:17 pm EDT

The paper explores a series of important phenomena that have concurred to a global crisis, and their influence in pushing the design field to a crisis of its own. By acknowledging the scale and significance of humans’ influence on the current state of the planet, and the ways in which design has contributed to aggravate the environmental and humanitarian crisis, this provocative essay critically examines the democratization of design knowledge and the use of decentralized, digital means of production as promising approachesto improving design education and practice moving forward into the 21st Century.