Hello World, I’m a...

                 creative / designer / design researcher / strategic designer  / speculative designer / critical designer / graphic designer / printmaker / artist /   / ex- student @ FBAUL / ex- intern @ IN10 / ex- Strategic Design master’s  @ TU Delft / born in Portugal / now in Rotterdam / verified human / “I’m not a robot” / Am I not a robot?

... But you can just call me Pedro

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My interest currently lies in exploring design as a strategic medium for critical inquiry and research. Approaching design as a problem-setting practice – beyond the modernist-solutionist perspective of design as problem-solving– I aim to explore designers’ role to foster discussion and debate about alternative futures and reflection on current and future social, cultural and technological issues.

My current focus is on exploring a way to combine design research, service and strategic design, and a speculative and critical design perspective. By creating spaces for participatory collaboration with organisations and communities, my work aims to engage these different groups in reflection and debate about possible futures, rethinking present issues and then support and inspire the transition to more sustainable and positive futures.

I’ve recently finished  my final graduation project at TU Delft with the topic “Participation in Speculative Design”, a project exploring the challenges of employing a critical approach like speculative design in participatory settings and in new contexts (out of the gallery).

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I’m now looking for freelance and/or full-time opportunities as a design researcher /strategic designer with a focus on the intersection between design, futures and participation.

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Contact me: pedro[@]pedrogilfarias[.]com

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I also have create an independent printmaking practice: (de)Conceptualise. Check my work here or on instagram.