Design for Multiplicity: Diving into the transdisciplinary nature of design processes


  • Matteo Vignoli University of Bologna, Department of Management, Bologna, Italy
  • Arzu Gönenç Sorguç METU Design Factory, Ankara, Turkey
  • Luca Iandoli St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York, United States
  • Anita Kocsis Design Factory Melbourne, Innovation & Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Assaf Krebs Design Factory Shenkar, Ramat Gan, Israel



Design, multiplicity, sustinable development goals, Design Factory Global Network Research conference, DFGN.R 2023


The contributions in this issue, selected from the ones presented at the DFGN.R 2023, a two-day event hosted at the METU Design Factory in Ankara, Turkey, and organized by the Design Factory Global Network, represent a broad cross-section encompassing various fields such as phenomenology, social theory, psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and art, resonating with the principles of 21st Century learning and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, supporting the changing expectations of academics in producing alternative research outcomes in collaborative, practice-based research. These contributions offer valuable insights into how designers and innovators navigate the ever-expanding landscape of challenges and opportunities in multiple fields, elevating pedagogy and enhancing the art and science of learning, thinking, and doing.


Butt, M., Sharunova A., Storga M., Khan Y.I., Jawad Qureshi A., 2018, Transdisciplinary Engineering Design Education: Ontology for a Generic Product Design Process, Procedia CIRP, 28th CIRP Design Conference 2018, 23-25 May 2018, Nantes, France, 70: 338–43.

Camburn, B., Viswanathan V., Linsey J., Anderson D., Jensen D., Crawford R., Otto K., Wood K., 2017, Design Prototyping Methods: State of the Art in Strategies, Techniques, and Guidelines, Design Science 3: e13.

Cocchi N., Dosi C., Vignoli M., 2023, Tech to Organization. Assessing and designing technology adoption with design thinking, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 20-31.

Dorst, K., 2011, The core of ‘design thinking’ and its application, Design Studies, Interpreting Design Thinking, 32 (6): 521–32.

Dosi, C., Mattarelli E., Vignoli M., 2020, Prototypes as identity markers: The double-edged role of prototypes in multidisciplinary innovation teams, Creativity and Innovation Management 29 (4): 648–66.

Eriksson V., Keipi T., Björklund T., 2023, Identifying and framing potential stakeholders in complex innovation ecosystems. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 8-13.

Fam, D., Clarke E., Freeth R., Derwort P., Klaniecki K., Kater-Wettstädt L., Juarez-Bourke S., et al., 2020, Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research and Practice: Balancing Expectations of the ‘Old’ Academy with the Future Model of Universities as ‘Problem Solvers’, Higher Education Quarterly 74 (1): 19–34.

Florio M., Castelnovo P., 2023, Quasi-experiments to estimate the economic impact of research infrastructure, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 5-7.

Jussila J., Räty M., Siintoharju S-M., 2023, Developing students’ transversal skills: A case study of an international product development project, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 32-37.

Kang, M., Choo P., Watters C.E., 2015, Design for Experiencing: Participatory Design Approach with Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, International Conference on New Horizons in Education, INTE 2014, 25-27 June 2014, Paris, France, 174: 830–33.

Kirjavainen S., Lahdenne S., Björklund T., 2023, Prototyping in practice – paths and partners for testing novel industrial products and service ideas, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 14-19.

Kocsis, A., Gönenç Sorguç A., Krebs A., Iandoli L., Vignoli M., 2023. 2nd Design Factory Global Network Research Conference: Contributions for Designing Multiplicity, October 5th-6th 2023. Aalto University.

Mobjörk, M., 2010, Consulting versus participatory transdisciplinarity: A refined classification of transdisciplinary research, Futures, Europe 2030: Territorial Scenarios, 42 (8): 866–73.

Rosenbaum A., David Y., Krebs A., The use of generative AI tools in Design Thinking academic makeathon, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 43-49.

Sharunova, A., Butt M., Kresta S., Carey J., Wyard-Scott L., Adeeb S., Blessing L., Qureshi A. J., 2017, Cognition and transdisciplinary design: an educational framework for undergraduate engineering design curriculum development, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA).

Van der Marel F., 2023, How participatory design influences issue framing: a hospital case study, CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3): 38-42.

Vignoli, M., Dosi C., Balboni B., 2023, Design thinking mindset: scale development and validation, Studies in Higher Education 48 (6): 926–40.




How to Cite

Vignoli, M., Gönenç Sorguç, A., Iandoli, L., Kocsis, A., & Krebs, A. (2023). Design for Multiplicity: Diving into the transdisciplinary nature of design processes. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 7(3), 1–4.