This laboratory operates in Santa Catarina State, at the Federal University of Florianópolis, in the Southern Region of Brazil and is connected to the design undergraduation.
NAS DESIGN or Center of Systemic Approach to Design (DESIS Lab of Florianópolis) is a research group at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianopolis, Brazil. The group seeks to conduct investigations and discussions about a systemic approach to design, in order to disseminate knowledge about its practical and theoretical dimensions. The group understands design as a holistic process, about which the lab studies issues related to social innovation, responsible design, creative communities and sustainability.
Before 2010, the DESIS Lab Floripa (NAS Design) had been working with people from farming families. The partnership with AMPE in Alto Vale brought different projects to the Lab.
In 2007, the professors responsable for the Lab (that existed before) decided to change the lab’s approach and register it in the CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) under the name of Systemic Approach Lab.
The lab´s structure is based on the relationship between teachers and students, who work to carry out the group’s projects. Therefore, the lab is directly impacted every school year, when there are people entering the lab and people leaving it.
In 2010, NAS DESIGN engaged in a partnership with COLIMAR - Cooperative of the women food producers - and for four years, they developed specific projects for the cooperative in graphic design and branding and in ergonomics/human factors.
In 2010 the laboratory engaged in a community project in Alto Vale and they were worried because they would be dealing with a different public. With this new concern, they adopted a new approach.
The laboratory had a methodological improvement that began in 2014 when they got involved in the co-design approach.
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