Joana Casaca Lemos
What I’m currently doing
I am a hybrid design strategist. My practice sits at the intersection of communications design, co-creation methods and sustainability - which I define as, setting the conditions for flourishing.
Currently I am completing a PhD in design research at Central Saint Martins London (2017) and this explores how a collaborative approach to communication design can amplify the qualities of sustainability.
As outcome, I launched the ‘Communications Assembly’, a format developed to empower small-scale businesses to create their own communications strategy. Currently I am bringing these sessions to different cities around the world.
Alongside, I run a location independent design practice as consultant to various clients. I have worked on projects in most continents and diverse contexts, in the belief that designers are connectors of world-views. Some people I have collaborated with include Forum for the Future, Green School Indonesia, Doi Tung Thailand, IDEO U San Francisco, Hyper Island, Tate Modern London, and EDACY Africa.
I have worked independently since my masters degree and feel fortunate for the range of experiences, stories and people I have met along the way. Navigated the start-up ecosystem and collaborated with indigenous communities of coffee producers in the mountains of Chiang Rai; with nanotechnology healthcare start-ups; with 3D printing and additive manufacturing pioneers; with hedge-fund managers helping them to think creatively.
In my academic strand, I have contributed to less traditional and public facing formats including various podcasts and publications. I have also been a visiting speaker at various universities including National Institute of Design India and Designmatters California.
What interests and excites me
Design Dharma is my personal philosophy of design and an exploration of how designers spiritual lives inform their practice.
Often I speak about design, being a designer, and the relationship of research & mesearch.
Fostering and supporting local and global community is an important part of my practice. I am ambassador of Sandbox Network Lisbon Hub, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts where I contribute to the sustainability working firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.twitter.com/joana_atelier