Workshop “Design for Health and Wellness”

Dates:  25th – 29th June, 09:30 – 12:30 & 14:30 – 16:30

Design is no longer the result of a flash of inspiration, exceptions notwithstanding. To respond to the real needs of people, the designer combines intuition and technical skill to empathize with users, navigate ambiguity, and make users’ latent needs tangible. To do that, the designer has to consider aspects such as functionality, aesthetics, human factors, world views, social implications, production, sustainability, and product life cycles.

This workshop provides an opportunity to answer this call. We will focus on Health and Wellness because of its deep connection with both the functional and emotional needs of users, but the tools explored should be generally applicable. Through a study of the human-centered process, we will develop methods to realize a week-long design project framed by user needs and their context. This will include an immersive experience of lectures, hands-on workshops, fieldwork and, potentially, field-trips. Although the class projects will focus on design solutions for Health and Wellness, at the end of the workshop participants should be able to apply user research methods, ideation, rapid prototyping, product design methods, interaction design, and storytelling to solve real world design problems.

José Colucci is the Director of Research & Development of the Design Institute for Health (DIH). Before joining the DIH, José was a Sr. Director and Associated Partner at IDEO, where he worked for 16 years, Vice-President of Research & Development of ITI, developer of high-resolution, pen-based computer interfaces in Canada; and prior to that, he was the General Manager of the Medical Engineering Division at FUNBEC – Brazil’s largest manufacturer of medical electronics for cardiology.

José has a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in Industrial Design and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a guest lecturer at Harvard, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Olin School of Engineering. Currently he also has a part-time teaching appointment at the University of Texas at Austin.


Tickets: Students: 25€;  Academia: 100€; Other professionals: 150€.

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Huub job vacancies

HUUB is a startup that manages the supply chain of international brands, which has customers in Germany, Iceland and the United Kingdom. We focus on optimizing physical flow from an end-to-end perspective. We operate from the supplier, whether in Portugal, China or Turkey (production centers we work with at the moment), and the customer of the brand, be it a retailer (big like the department stores of the Selfridges chain, for example, or small chains of boutiques) or end customer (we also set up ecommerce operations, whether from a physical or technological point of view). We currently ship orders to more than 50 countries. All the stock of these brands goes through our warehouse here in Porto. In addition to this physical operation component, we also have a technological component. We are currently in a final stage of testing our product, a platform that will allow brands to manage their business also from an end-to-end perspective, integrating the different sales channels, allowing visibility over the entire chain and collaboration between the main entities that enter the business process: brand, HUUB, supplier and customer.

More information on Huub: link.

Some of our current clients: Noe & Zoe,  Iglo + Indi, Marques e Almeida e Filius Feez.

We are currently recruiting in the technology area.

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