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That was an interesting collaboration between people from completely different backgroundsand design sensibilities.Here the design students were exposed to a range of experts and also to people with specialneeds who may not have associated with any designers before.Yes Nina, by working together individuals can contribute their best skills, while learningfrom other members in the team.They learned from each other by sharing information exploring options, debating the best solutionsand by using their own skills.It is common to see designers teaming up with other designers or people from other disciplines;like sociology, psychology, engineering or even medicine.Whenever they need some specialized knowledge and experience.In this way designers get the perspective of someone who is fresh to the subject, whilemay be giving them the opportunity to learn something new as well.Yes, design by its very nature is multidisciplinary..There as so many examples like this, let me tell you about a backpack that looked at theproblem of heavy school bags that often children carry.In Barcelona, a stationery manufacturer Miquel Rius collaborated with the staff of a hospitalto code design a backpack for children..It has compartments, avoiding the movement around the contents inside the backpack.This balances the weight so that the children spine is protected; it has ergonomic and safetystraps which fasten in front of the chest.You have an example from industry..Of course; designers at Renault, the French automobile manufacturer teamed up with mechanicalengineers, electronic engineers and chemical engineers to design a new car.They also called in doctors, skin specialist actually, from Biotherm, a maker of skincareproducts.Why skin specialists?I will tell you why, they came up with a new concept in electric cars.The Zoe Z E. .The environment inside the car is controlled through new applications of technology; toxinsin the air from surrounding traffic are filter out to improve the air quality for passengers..Noise is minimized, optimal levels of moistures are maintained using water and certain essentialoils that prevents the passengers came from becoming dried out due to the air conditioning.So, the skin specialists, and being an electric car it must be environmental friend too, thoseare pretty diverse sets of skills aren’t they?. That is what design is all about; more andmore collaborations between unlikely partners to come up with innovations.Let us watch another video and see how a contractor in an American city who was redeveloping acity block collaborated with architects, exterior designers, fabricators, visual communicationdesigners and city officials.Just follow the link to the next tab, to see the video.