Convergences - Journal of Research and Arts Education is an open access journal dedicated to scientific research, having DOI and E-ISSN, which publishes articles in the areas of design, music and visual arts, evaluated in a double-blind peer review system.

The Convergences Journal publishes free of charge, in open access, the original results evaluated by peers, which explain experiences and results from research and practice in the areas of design, music and the visual arts. Through Original papers, Case Reports or Review Papers, by by professionals researchers and scholarly contributors, it promotes knowledge related to the activities of design, music and other visual arts in all its domains of application, as well as its history, its teaching and learning.

The authors and readers of this journal are mainly professionals, students, researchers and scholars from all fields of design, music and visual arts at an international level.

Convergences is published in May and November of each year and accepts papers written in Portuguese, English or Spanish. In 2021, Convergences Journal limited to publishing a maximum of 12 articles per issue, totaling 24 articles per year.

Call for papers is permanently open.

E-ISSN (Online) 1646-9054
ISSN (Print) 2184-0180

Vol. 14 No. 28 (2021)

Published: 2021-11-30

Envisioning in participatory design processes for civic sense-making

A temporal collective articulation of a resilient counter-narrative through the development of provotyping fictional worlds


Participatory design (PD) has been considerably broadening the gaze of the design discipline. This produced a huge impact on design processes, boosting the academic dialogue and engaging institutions as well as diverse forms of publics in give together form to the public sphere. Participatory processes can play an important role in reframing issues and reconfiguring behaviours in the common realm, opening the social imagination to boost citizenship awareness. In this paper, the authors investigate the potential role of narratives for PD activities as a key to interpret the cultural heritage and the social ecosystem of an urban settlement. They do so by supporting the development of a diffused capability of envisioning both a better present as well as a better future with and for citizens, leveraging design’s down-to-earth capacity to foresee possibilities for change. The potential of narratives for PD practices is investigated here by means of a situated and cross-disciplinary research project for the city of Ivrea (Italy), which served both to contextualise new ideas as well as to develop new techniques, pursuing the hybridisation of PD processes with storytelling and design fiction, and developing tools borrowed from science fiction, spatial design and narratology.

Dr. Annalinda De Rosa, Dr. Virginia Tassinari, Mr. Francesco Vergani


Where's the strength of the trademark?

An analysis of distinctiveness as a requirement


Trademark is a distinctive sign that identifies products and services on the market and its registration guarantees the exclusive use of that sign by the right holder in the territory or country where the registration is granted. It is a type of industrial property, as are patents, geographical indications and industrial designs. According to the Brazilian Industrial Property Law, 9279/1996 (LPI), by means of the provisions of its article 122, "the visually perceptible distinctive signs are not subject to registration as a mark, not included in the legal prohibitions" (BRASIL, 1996).

For the registration of the trademark to be granted and the exclusivity of use to be guaranteed to its applicant, it is necessary to pass the examination carried out at the National Institute of Industrial Property – INPI/Brazil.

The objective of this work is to present a typification of the trademarks deposited at INPI/Brazil, according to their degrees of distinctiveness and the characteristics of the market where they operate. The premise was that the communicative strength of the trademarks lies in their distinctiveness, especially with regard to what is established by item VI of article 124 of Brazilian Industrial Property Law.

The methodology adopted for this paper was the triangulation proposed by Minayo and Minayo-Gomez (2003) with an interdisciplinary approach. The first stage consists of a review of the literature on the economic and distinctive functions of the brand in dialogue with Strategic Communication, with the brand as an element of the communicative component of organizations. In the second dimension, there is the collection of data from the INPI bank. Registered trademark cases will be raised, with qualitative analysis of the collected data and its connection with the chosen theoretical support.

Elaine Vianna, Teresa Ruão


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