Disruptive Design Innovation: Reflections on the Relationship of Design, Science and Art

By Philip Breedon and Leslie Arthur.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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The title of designer conveys a large number of historical, cultural, philosophical drivers and working practises that effectively range from the traditional engineer through to the individual interested in personal expression. The considerable differences originate and have evolved for a variety of reasons. The range is from capitalist necessity through to social inclusion. Today, the designer needs to have the ability to understand significant changes in technology, art and science as well as being an astute observer of human behaviour. Ultimately, the designer will need to convert ideas into objects and systems that people can understand and use. It is important to consider serendipitous design and disruptive design as it often involves risk taking and may be unpredictable in character. Disruptive design innovation can improve a design in ways that the customer or a market does not expect. The authors suggest a refreshing approach to design that is inclusive in purpose to enrich the act of designing and advocate a greater correlation between the art, sciences and design in reflecting the values, virtues and methods of working and the principles that guide the methodologies and processes which can be correlated into a coherent whole and with a clearer focus.

Keywords: Disruptive Design, Technology, Art & Science, Serendipitous Design

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 285.447KB).

Dr. Philip Breedon

Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment, The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK

Dr. Philip Breedon is a Senior Lecturer within College of Art and Design at the Nottingham Trent University. He started his career as an indentured engineering apprentice and has taken on a series of engineering and computing academic challenges culminating in the award of his PhD based on artificial intelligence and robotics. A number of previous cross disciplinary robotics and pneumatic technology research projects have been undertaken, including Snake Robot and Muscle Machine. These exciting and innovative projects provided numerous challenges in terms of design and control. His research interests and latest projects centre on new and emerging technologies and include technical textiles, wearable technologies, swarm robotics and investigative research related to the utilisation of ‘smart materials’ for medical applications and surgical implants.

Leslie Arthur

Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, The Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK

Leslie Arthur’s interests are in teaching practise and research; this is reflected in over 90 outputs; all of the papers have peer reviewed for conferences and journals that are national and international. His former roles have been with national validating bodies working as an examiner, editor, writer and verifier; one part of these functions was to co-write of the national curriculum for design in Wales. In 2009 Leslie Arthur was short-listed by the Times Higher Education Supplement as one of the most innovative lecturers in the United Kingdom. He has taught in the Nottingham Business School, within the Social Sciences, Design Management and the many disciplines within Art & Design, from Fine Art to Fashion. He has lectured in Spain, Germany, Denmark, Norway, China, Italy, the USA and Malaysia, including the delivery of seminars at: The University of Rome, Central St Martins School of Art, London, The Chicago School of Art and Design, The University of Madrid, The University of Harbin, China/2, The University of Catalonia, The Copenhagen School of Engineering, The University of Trondheim, Norway, The City of London University, The School of Art and Design, Lingen, Germany; KBU in Malaysia, The Philadelphia University, The Polytechnic of Karlsruhe in Germany and The University of Jordan: He is currently the senior lecturer in critical theory at Nottingham Trent University.