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Source: Animais de Companhia

by Filipa José

It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.

— Emotional Design by Donald A. Norman

Animais de Companhia (company animals) is a set of objects that goes beyond functionality and points to another dimension, correspondent to the forum of human emotional needs.
These are objects that appeal to the emotional comfort, that arouse feelings, that cause curiosity and reflection. Objects with which we create a relational link, considering them as part of our family and our home, earning another status in our lives: the status of company object.

Source is by definition, a point or place of origin from which something is obtained. As an idea, it is a word that explores the duality between the receiver and sender of the information.
This theme arises from an urge to reflect on the resources of design practices in a contemporary context, in which, there is an increasing convergence between creation media, giving rise to disciplinary crossings, co-productions and hybrid territories.


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