Moving beyond an interdisciplinary paradigm

Jackie Malcolm (Lead / Corresponding author), Vicki Tully, Christopher Lim, Rodney Mountain

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Our future requires collaborative minds to solve some of the wicked problems our global communities now face. Interdisciplinarity became the focus for design activity where two or more design disciplines come together to solve complex issues. Interdisciplinary activity suggests that this collaborative activity remains confined to one discipline arena, most often with participants remaining within their skill set, and does not promote cross boundary pollination. Transdisciplinary design activity however is defined as the collaboration of two or more disciplines where participants no longer restrict their thinking or activity to their specific skill set, suggesting that lines become blurred, merging skills together to achieve solutions to complex systems. This paper will discuss the impact of transdisciplinary design activity, between design and medical students, where they collaborated within a clinical environment to improve the patient experience. Through student reflections, it explores the impact of transdisciplinarity to facilitate transformative landscapes, improving the patient experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRunning with Scissors
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
EditorsLouise Valentine, Joanna Bletcher, Leon Cruickshank
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
EditionSupplement 1
ISBN (Electronic)9780367330569
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Running with Scissors - Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameDesign Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN (Print)1460-6925


Conference13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Interdisciplinary
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Transformation
  • Design
  • Care
  • Empathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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