Publications 2019

This year Mindshake published its first book, and participated in 3 scientific articles:


– Tschimmel, K. (Coord.) (2019). The Creativity Virus – A Book about and for Creative Thinking. Porto: Edição Mindshake. ISBN 978-989-20-9409-0.


– 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.

– Mendes, F., Duarte, C., Tschimmel, K. (2019). Coworking as The Great Good Place for Design Learning. An Explore Framework. Convergências – Revista de Investigação e Ensino das Artes , VOL XII (24) Retrieved from journal URL:

– Clemente, V., Tschimmel, K., Pombo, F. (2019). Mapping the territories around Design Research, Education and Practice. A four-layer analysis: Processes, Philosophy, People and Products. In: Proceedings of the International Research & Education in Design Conference 2019, REDES2019, 14 & 15 November 2019, Lisbon School of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon. 

Design Thinking applied to the Redesign of Business Education

Paper written by Katja Tschimmel & Joana Santos

Presented in July 2018 at The ISPIM Innovation Conference – Innovation, The Name of The Game,  Stockholm


Many business and innovation managers and academics have been calling attention to the need for urgent changes in business school curricula and learning methods, prompted by the continual social, economic and technological transformation of our uncertain world. This paper provides an introductional approach to the concept of Design Thinking and its possible role for the improvement of business education programmes through the presentation of a new framework: The D-Think Toolkit. This toolkit is composed of six educational scenarios, the six phase process model Evolution 6, and numerous DT tools. The objective of the article is to help the innovation management community to understand better the main principles of Design Thinking applied in Education, and the potential the method has for being applied in the innovation of business schools.

Full paper available at

article – A Future Scenario for a Methodological Approach applied to PhD Design Research. Development of an Analytical Canvas

 link to the original article © 2017 The Author(s).

Published online: 06 Sep 2017

Within the fruitful discussion about what design research should mean and achieve and the implication for doctoral education, this paper aims to explore the topic regarding the boundaries between project design research and academic design research. There is also a strong movement within the academic milieu in the realm of design, namely within international conferences and research meetings, to discuss methodologies and processes as a paramount contribution to defining scientific research in design. PhD design research in Portuguese universities started slowly in the late 1990s, but is increasingly establishing itself as a worthy degree. This text focuses on an original study depicting the state of the art of the methodological approaches applied in doctoral design research in Portugal. It proposes a Design Research Classification Model and a Design Research Canvas that can be applied to other systematic reviews of design research as a means of synthesising the past to outline the future. It is also a major objective of this work to contribute to a clarification of a methodological framework, which relates practice-based research to academic research.

article – Why a Logbook? A backpack journey as a metaphor for product design education

Design For Next Education

Why a Logbook? A backpack journey as a metaphor for product design education

 link to the original article © 2017 The Author(s).
Published online: 06 Sep 2017

Recent literature suggests that the development of cognitive skills should constitute explicit learning objectives in design education. The work describes an educational intervention designed with the intention of promoting the creative and critical thinking performance of a group of Portuguese design students. To this end, creativity and critical thinking tests, pre and post intervention, were applied to the experimental group and to a control group. The intervention was based on two fundamental theoretical assumptions: (1) students’ thinking skills can be promoted by the introduction of Design Thinking as a learning content, and (2) this work should be complemented by the promotion of students’ metacognitive reflection. Comparing the learning process, by analogy, with a backpack journey, a Logbook concept as an educational tool to potentially promote students’ self-reflection was developed. Compared with the control group, results indicate a positive evolution of creative thinking skills in the experimental group.

Katja Tschimmel na Noite dos Investigadores

“Territórios inteligentes e sustentáveis”

no Centro de Desportos e Congressos – Matosinhos

No âmbito da Noite Europeia dos Investigadores, a realizar em Matosinhos, no dia 29 de setembro, a conferência “Territórios inteligentes e sustentáveis”, onde se debatem as principais temáticas da inovação orientada para o desenvolvimento de cidades sustentáveis, promovendo a competitividade e a inovação da região.

17:30 – 17:45
Diversificação especializada e crescimento sustentável

Fernando Freire de Sousa – CCDR-N*
*em atualização

17:45 – 18:45
Design Thinking

Katja Tschimmel – ESAD

Ricardo Morais – UCP
Nuno Abrantes – Novabase
Teresa Franqueira – ID+

Moderação A confirmar

18:45 Coffee Break

19:00 – 20:00
Mar e Sustentabilidade
António Vidigal- EDP Inovação
Ana Brito e Melo – WavEC
Vitor Vasconcelos – CIIMAR
Fausto Brito e Abreu – D.Geral de Política do Mar

Moderação Cluster “Fórum Oceano”
*em atualização

20:00 – 20:30 – Porto de Honra


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