The Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes


The Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes is an informal group or network of researchers and university professors who study and operate in the particular branch of design known as design processes. The network deals with design particularly in reference to the existing relationships between countries of Latin origin and language. Members are interested in improving the value of design as a process and also as a product through an open relationship between Latin design cultures and other cultures.


Members of the Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes benefit (and self-finance) from meeting personally in a regular forum. This forum allows them to exchange, to debate and to discuss their studies and experiences. The forum is conceived as a thematic conference and it takes place within the university of one of the members.


The first meeting was held in Turin in 2008, it represented the foundation of the Latin Network and the writing of the cultural programme/manifesto called the “Carta di Torino”. In 2009 the Forum was held for the first time, with the theme “Design Cultures as Models of Biodiversity” and it took place at the Escola de Design of Unisinos in Porto Alegre (Brazil). The second Forum was held at the Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal) in 2010; it was called “Design, Art, Craft: Cross-fertilizations and Experiences”. The third Forum was hosted by the Politecnico di Torino (Italy), on the subject “Innovation in Design Education”. The fourth Forum was held in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) during the Brazilian Design Biennial, where the Forum was a guest of the Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG). The title of this fourth meeting was “Diversity: Design/Humanities”. In 2014 the fifth edition of the Forum "The shapes of the future as the front end of design driven innovation" took place in Guadalajara (Mexico), host of the Tecnologico de Monterrey - TEC.



Since 2010, the Forum has established a call for abstracts open to the international scientific community:In 2011 the Design Processes Award was introduced and in 2012 201 proposals were received.. Finally, since 2012, the Forum has established a process of blind peer review for the selection of abstracts, thanks to a system enabled by a web platform.




Red Internacional de Investigación en Diseño Sistémico


In the 90's the Grupo de Investigación y Gestión del Diseño emerges as a research structure attached to the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. This group possesses vast experience in projects and research programs, which eventually have been taken as training programs in different countries and universities around the world over the last twenty years. Especially, by implementing Masters and Doctorate programs in Industrial Design. This activity related to the design, management and development of new products, has achieved excellent results in models for knowledge management and innovation through the continuous use of models, tools and systemic modeling based applications.


In 2010 rDis® is formed as Red Internacional de Investigación en Diseño Sistémico, whose  orientation is focused on scientific research and dissemination, in different areas of design, from a trans-disciplinary view that gives the systems perspective and makes regular use of meta-language generated by systems-design-innovation relationships as a self-organized emergent system.


This organization called rDis®, based at the UPV, has as general objective, the development of colaborative activities aimed at research, promotion and dissemination of design, through communication in international magazines, journals, professional meetings and training design services.


rDis®, consists of leading professors in different universities in Europe and America which have been associated with different university activities carried out to the present date.

Bernabé Hernandis
 Director rDis®


The Red Internacional de Investigación en Diseño Sistémico has benefited from the support of an academic scientific journal and its website (


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