Towards a new disciplinary framework for contemporary creative design practice

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

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15710880902910417

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 (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
Uncontrolled Keywords: disciplinary framework, designers, hybrid design
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 15:43
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8860

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