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Towards a new disciplinary framework for contemporary design practice.

Dykes, Tommy, Rodgers, Paul and Smyth, Michael (2009) Towards a new disciplinary framework for contemporary design practice. CoDesign, 5 (2). pp. 99-116. ISSN 1571-0882

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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 (Sanders 2006) and design activities that 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

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1571-0882
Electronic ISSN: 1745-3755
Additional Information: paper presented at 11th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education EPDE09, University of Brighton, 10-11 September 2010
Uncontrolled Keywords: disciplinary framework; designers; hybrid design;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 620 Engineering & allied operations
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3826
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2010 15:58
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2013 14:27
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3826

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