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Towards a New Disciplinary Framework for contemporary Design Practice

Towards a New Disciplinary Framework for contemporary Design Practice

Year: 2009

Section: NEW PEDAGOGY

Editor: Clarke, A, Ion, W, McMahon, C and Hogarth, P

Author: Dykes, Tommy; Rodgers, Paul Anthony; Smyth, Michael

Section: NEW PEDAGOGY

Pages: 199-204

Abstract

This paper argues for a consistent and new design specific disciplinary framework that will provide a better understanding of emergent design practice. Design today is characterised by a blurring of traditional design domains [1] and design activities which are backed by other subject specialist areas such as computing, electronics or bioengineering. In order to understand and facilitate collaborative working, a consistent disciplinary framework is required. Furthermore, in understanding complex disciplinary influences this framework provides a method of delineating and analysing emergent practice. To derive the framework this paper explores the existing literature on disciplinary terms. Contemporary creative design practice is then analysed via this taxonomy. To this end, the paper argues that through consistent use of the terms, 'multidisciplinary design', 'crossdisciplinary design', 'interdisciplinary design' and 'transdisciplinary design' distinctions can be made within the increasingly complex domain of contemporary design practice.

Keywords: Impact, designers, design education

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