Dubai Design Week had 4 Brazilian projects

24 de novembro de 2017

São Paulo – Four Brazilian projects were presented at the Global Grad Show 2017, an exhibition of innovative works from Design schools worldwide that is part of the Dubai Design Week, which took place on November 13 to 18 in the United Arab Emirates.

Since the first edition, in 2015, the event has become the world’s largest meeting of Design students. This year, the theme was “Connect, Empower and Sustain.” In exhibition, 200 works from 92 universities and 43 countries. From South America, only Brazil, Argentina and Peru took part. Works from Rio de Janeiro’s Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-RJ) and from the State of Santa Catarina University (UDESC) represented the country.

Professor Elton Nickel went to Dubai to represent UDESC’s Design Department. Undergraduate student Karolina Buratto developed the project of the electrical kettle Sense, under the guidance of professors Célio Teodorico and Omar Nuñez Diban.

Buratto couldn’t make the trip due to personal reasons, and Nickel, which at the time was the head of the Design Department, received the invitation by Teodorico and decided to attend the event, in the university’s second consecutive participation.

The kettle Sense was designed to facilitate the life of people with visual disability and was developed based on the concepts of the Universal Design. It’s very simple and intuitive, ensuring accessibility and safety to all. Its silicone cover keeps the outside fresh to touch to reduce the risk of burns, and its angled design allows users to served themselves more easily.

The electrical kettle can be controlled by a smartphone app via Bluetooth, which allows the user to choose the ideal temperature for coffee and tea. The app is also accessible to people with visual disabilities, with a Voice Reading option, also available in smartphones.

In the stand, Nickel presented the physical, three-dimensional model of the product and also the inclusive app specially designed for the kettle. “The event’s impact was very positive,” said Nickel. “To take part in an event such as this is very important to our university, since it puts the UDESC course in a select group of the world’s best Design and technology universities.”

“Besides, we are in contact with what can be considered the direction of the future of design in the planet, projects committed in solving day-to-day problems and, at the same time, responsible regarding social, environmental and economic issues,” he concluded.

PUC Rio de Janeiro took three projects to the exhibition. The graduate in Product Design Isabel Corção developed the Projeto Asa (Wing Project) as her final course’s work. It’s a backpack for the urban photographer, one that aims to achieve comfort and safety with a visual that doesn’t reveal the internal contents.

“It has the aesthetics of a regular backpack, to be safer to the user, and inside it has several mobile modules, partitions and individual cases to accessories, plus quick access to smartphone and laptop,” explained Corção. According to the designer, the backpack’s distinct feature is that it’s hybrid, and can be used both to carry photography equipment safely and in a practical way and to storage day-to-day objects.

“It was an invaluable opportunity to take part in the exhibition, I met people from all over the world, say many projects with different viewpoints. Everything was very well-organized, the curatorship was also excellent, and to get to know Dubai was amazing,” said Corção.

Still from PUC-RJ, created by Artur Porto, a portable goalpost for street soccer was named Projeto Goalzinho (Little Goal Project). And student Paula Agra took her Projeto Noah (Noah Project) for the exhibition, which proposes a solution to increase the lifespan of children’s furniture, with many uses for a material build with wooden boards.

The Dubai Design Week 2018 is expected to take place in March. The dates will be announced in January of next year.

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*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani