81906 - Industrial Design 6

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The module intends to lead the student to develop a process of understanding of the dynamics, actors, themes, processes that characterise the relationship between innovation and advanced design, in order to orient him/her towards a progressive synthesis of the Master's degree course undertaken. Through ex-cathedra lectures, seminars, and practice sessions, the main themes characterising contemporary innovation processes, into which design action will be grafted, will be addressed.

Course contents

The LABORATORIO DI ADVANCED 3A C.I. is an integrated course consisting of the Disegno industriale 6 (6 CFU) and Morfologia del prodotto (5 CFU) modules.

Similarly, the LABORATORIO DI DESIGN DEI SISTEMI B C.I. is an integrated course consisting of the Servizi e prodotti per la comunità e il cittadino (6 CFU) and Analisi dell’ambiente costruito (4 CFU) modules.

The Disegno industriale 6 teaching module, as well as that of Servizi e prodotti per la comunità e il cittadino, will be divided into two contributions.

Module 1, Prof. Elena Formia, will be borrowed from the Advanced Products and Services Design curriculum. The goal will be to lead students towards an exploration of research for the project, with an in-depth study of methods, tools, processes that guide them to undertake the master’s thesis path.

Module 2 will be respectively managed by Profs. Giorgio Dall’Osso and Valentina Gianfrate, who will develop a research and design development path that adheres to the requirements identified in Module 1. In the Advanced Products Design curriculum, the focus will be on design and its interaction with the body in relation to spaces; in the Advanced Services Design curriculum, the focus will be on design and responsible innovation.


Professors will provide, in their lectures and in the moments of revision, precise references to texts, sites, journals, magazines, and documents available to deepen the topics presented. Bibliographic indications may also be added as a function of further information necessary during the educational path.

Suggested texts (being updated during the period September 2021-January 2022):

  • Celaschi, F., Deserti, A., Design e Innovazione, Carocci, Roma 2007
  • Celaschi, F., Non industrial design, Luca Sossella, Milano 2017
  • Connell, R. (2015). Writing for Research. Retrieved from www.raewynconnell.net
  • Formia, E. & Celi, M. (Eds.), Humanities Design Lab. Le culture del progetto e le scienze umane e sociali, Maggioli, Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna (RN) 2016
  • Formia, E., Storie di futuri e design. Anticipazione e sostenibilità nella cultura italiana del progetto, Maggioli, Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna (RN) 2017
  • Formia, E., Gianfrate, V., Vai, e., Design e mutazioni. Processi per la trasformazione continua della città, Bologna, BUP - Bononia University Press, 2021
  • Friedman, K. (2014). Research Writing Resources. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/3068653/Friedman._2015._Free_Research_Writing_Resources_Books_to_Buy_and_Services
  • Zannoni, M. (2018). Progetto e interazione. Il design degli ecosistemi interattivi. Macerata: Quodlibet.

Teaching methods

During the development of the course students will be offered contributions/lectures lasting about 1-2 hours each, held by the professors and/or by any guests.

The course will also make use of a system for reviewing the students' work envisaged in the two Modules, depending on the used teaching approach. The revisions can be for single group or collective, depending on the didactic calendar of the course. There are also peer to peer reviews between students and the sharing of models/assessment tools. The Professors will communicate the nature, methods and timing at the beginning of the teaching activity.

Students will be asked to carry out individual and/or group works depending on the correspondence to the more research or design component envisaged by the course.

Attendance is compulsory. It is surveyed by the teachers in class and students absent in more than 30% of the lessons will not be admitted to the final evaluation.

Assessment methods

Presentation and discussion of the final outputs foreseen for all the modules of the integrated course (final presentation of the works). Each of the results in the teaching modules will be evaluated. The criteria will be communicated by the Professors of the didactic modules. The various evaluations will form an overall final judgment of each student (in part, the result of collective work and, in part, of individual work).

Teaching tools

IOL: teacher-student communications; loading teaching materials; student material deliveries; forum with students / community

TEAMS: virtual classroom

MIRO: for brainstorming and other forms of shared planning;


Collaboration with external structures (labs, libraries, etc.);

Participation in conferences, talks, exhibitions and/or educational visits.

Office hours

See the website of Elena Maria Formia

See the website of Giorgio Dall'Osso