Photo by JPC at Mindshake

You can call me Joana. I'm from Porto - Portugal.

In recent years, I studied at Escola Superior de Artes e Design, where I did my masters and also at Porto Design Factory that opened my eyes and my mind through ME310, to a whole new world full of wonderful and beautiful humans. All my past has made me more than a designer, made me a critical thinker, a problem solver and a curious and adventurous person. That is why I am currently living in Mannheim - Germany, working as Research and Teaching Assistant at Hochschule Mannheim, where I can question and assist teams in their projects and help them to think with fluidibility, flexibility and empathically.
I am so proud to be part of Sugar Network and meet people from all over the world and see there are no limits when we want to be Design Thinkers and make the world a better place with better objects and services. I think we should be humans and always put our best effort on everything that we do, and for that we can have simple rules: Be nice, work hard, make friends and grab a beer or an ice cream.

DESIGN THINKING / INNOVATION / Management / PHOTOGRAPHY

Experience

Aalto UniversityAalto Design Factory
2018 - Present
Design Thinking Coach for ME310 Aalto

SUGAR Network
2018 - Present
International Event Manager & Teaching Team Member
2017 - 2018
Social Media Manager

Hochschule Mannheim / inno.space
2017 - 2018
Design Thinking Coach – Teaching and
Research Assistant

Mindshake
2016
Internship as Junior Designer

SONAE
2015
Internship as Package and Product Designer

Estúdio de Dança Margarida Valle
2012 - 2017
Ballet teacher

Another Collective
2012
Designer & Co-founder

Education

Stanford University & Porto Polytechnic
2016–2017
ME310 Product Innovation Post-Graduation
Porto, Portugal

CERN - IdeaSquare
2017
Workshop: ÖBOT Robotics Challenge
Geneva, Switzerland

ESAD - College of Art and Design
2014–2017
Master in Design
Porto, Portugal

CAFA - Central Academy of Fine Arts
2014
Workshop: Future Learning Spaces
Beijing, China

Vilnius College of Design
2014
Workshop: IP Project - Micro sustainable design - Eco friendly products
Vilnius, Lithuania

ESAD - College of Art and Design
2011–2014
Graduation in Product Design
Porto, Portugal

Awards & Recognition

2015
Kinder, Ferrero
Two concepts selected for the kinder surprise toys
2nd place
-> info

2014
Berg Outdoor
Woman Fashion Outdoor Footwear
2nd prize
-> info

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