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The post disciplinary digital practitioner.

Malins, Julian; Pengelly, Jon; Marshall, John


Julian Malins

Jon Pengelly

John Marshall


E. Bohemia

K. Hilton

C. McMahon

A. Clarke


As new models of digital practice emerge, new pedagogies are being developed which are adopting a transdisciplinary approach to learning. The paper examines the concept of transdisciplinarity drawing on a range of examples from the USA and Europe. There are a number of institutional barriers and constraints that challenge progress towards a new digital Bauhaus. The tension between acquiring haptic and digital skills is also an important consideration. The tension we refer to arises from the need for students to acquire an understanding of elements of form, colour and spatial awareness, skills which are acquired through making, whilst at the same time acquiring digital skills. Examples of digital practitioners who have embraced a transdisciplinary approach are highlighted.


MALINS, J., PENGELLY, J. and MARSHALL, J. 2007. The post disciplinary digital practitioner. In Bohemia E., Hilton K., McMahon C. and Clarke A. (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International conference on engineering and product design eduction (E&PDE 2007), 13-14 September 2007, Newcastle, UK. Glasgow: Design Society [online], pages 437-442. Available from:

Conference Name 9th International conference on engineering and product design eduction (E&PDE 2007)
Start Date Sep 13, 2007
End Date Sep 14, 2007
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2007
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2007
Publication Date Dec 31, 2007
Deposit Date Oct 14, 2014
Publicly Available Date Oct 14, 2014
Publisher Design Society
Pages 437-442
ISBN 9780955394218
Keywords Design education; Transdisciplinarity; Digital; Bauhaus; Practitioner
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