Special Issue: Design Contributions for the COVID-19 Global Emergency

The 2-volumes Special Issue 'Design Contributions for the COVID-19 Global Emergency', published by the Strategic Design Research Journal, are part of an open access editorial project gathering 61 high-quality peer-reviewed articles. The project is officially endorsed by LeNS (the Learning Network on Sustainability), DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Network), Cumulus Association, and WDO (World Design Organization).


This is a landmark publication for the field of design. It was catalysed by unprecedented circumstances, as designers around the world had to rapidly deploy their competencies in strategic problem-solving to help humanity in the fight against an invisible enemy during a global pandemic. In alliance with other disciplines, from medicine to mechanical engineering, from computing to anthropology, designers everywhere have addressed the challenges and produced remarkable results through a diversity of initiatives. This Special Issue presents a peer-reviewed sample of these initiatives.

Papers contained in Part 1 – Design Contributions for the COVID-19 Global Emergency: Empirical Approaches and First Solutions (Vol. 13 No. 3 (2020): Sep/Dec):

  • Reviews and maps design responses and citizens' needs
  • Specific design responses to the on-going crisis
  • Challenges of online education
  • Psychological, emotional and experiential aspects
  • Reflections on the design processes

Visit: http://revistas.unisinos.br/index.php/sdrj/issue/view/872

Papers contained in Part 2 – Design Contributions for the COVID-19 Global Emergency (Part 2): Methodological Reflections and Future Visions (Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Jan/Apr):

  • Reflections on the design processes adopted in response to the pandemic crisis
  • Reflections on specific design responses to the ongoing crisis
  • Reflections on the design responses to the need to reimagine spaces and places
  • Position papers of Endorsing Partners

Visit: http://revistas.unisinos.br/index.php/sdrj/issue/view/884

Guest Editors: 

  • Emilio Rossi, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Massimo Di Nicolantonio, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
  • Fabrizio Ceschin, Brunel University London, UK
  • Giuseppe Mincolelli, University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Aguinaldo dos Santos, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
  • Cindy Kohtala, Aalto University, Finland
  • Edu Jacques Filho, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
  • Carla Cipolla, Federal University of Rio of Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ezio Manzini, ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering & Design Network, Spain/Italy

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