Fast Company’s design section, Co.DESIGN, covers Sauder Professor Yair Wand and PhD candidate Paul Ralph’s quest to define “the design concept.”

The recent feature highlights the research paper, “A Proposal for a Formal Definition of the Design Concept,” co-written by Wand and Ralph, which aims to give a scientific definition of design.

“Designers in many disciplines, especially software development, suffer from common misconceptions about the nature of their work and exploring the meaning of design can help,” says Ralph.