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An open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University
We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions.
We work with a variety of organisations to provide fresh perspectives on real-world issues and facilitate innovation.
We offer Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD study opportunities. All our staff are active researchers with extensive expertise in teaching.


Designing a New Design PhD?

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Designing a New Design PhD?

By Dr. Emma Murphy and Dr. Naomi Jacobs ...More information

Exploring future models of Executive Education in Design Management

Exploring future models of Executive Education in Design Management

Design Management Institute Workshop, by Dr Emma Murphy and Dr Naomi Jacobs

At the recent Design Management Institute Conference in London, Emma Murphy and Naomi Jacobs ran a workshop which explored future models of executive education for designers and design managers. We welcomed 38...Read full update

Architectural Modelmaking - Second Edition

Architectural Modelmaking - Second Edition

Models can be extraordinarily versatile objects, enabling designers to express thoughts creatively. Architects make models as a means of exploring and presenting the conception and development of ideas in three dimensions. Throughout history, different types of models have been used extensively to...More information

A Theoretical Framework for Studying Service Design Practices: First steps to a mature field

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Drawing on literature from three main perspectives on service, design and innovation - Perspectives on Service Innovation (Service Innovation and New Service Development studies), Perspectives on Service (Service Science and Service Research frameworks on services), and Perspectives on Design...More information

What did people make of the interactive xylophone concept?

What did people make of the interactive xylophone concept?

Watch a video of people's thoughts and feedback

During the interactive xylophone pilot testing, in late August, we asked people their thoughts on the concept and its potential value as well as how it can be improved. The video below summarises several of the responses received on the day with...Read full update

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Lego is a great demonstrator: RT @HansRosling The World, Simplified: Climate Change and Population Growth in Legos http://t.co/qIwYFZ7ETN

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RT @MysticMobile: design fiction from my PhD student @joegalen bitcoin mining system that also heats radiator http://t.co/URfGrIhYEl

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Funded PhD on Sustainability in the UK Lake District « Professor Jem Bendell http://t.co/pRDNjl41Ho via @Freerange_Inc

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RT @LancasterUni: Join the new debate on #economic growth in the North - @North_Futures Open Ideas Day at @ImaginationLanc on Oct 16th: htt…

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​Four designs that could change the world | Analysis http://t.co/2qadAsMMId via @Design_Week

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An East London company breathing new life into letterpress typography: http://t.co/a8hMDFmpLp

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Charles Leadbetter in Lancaster Uni. Synergize conference. A warm up for imaginations Proud and CX projects http://t.co/sbDRITpouv

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New paper on Discourses of Mobility http://t.co/4bnGS995hh via @johnurry

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How we got Glasgow playing in the streets again http://t.co/3l4QETB1un via @designcouncil

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