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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.

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Summer School 10-12 July 2017

Summer School 10-12 July 2017

Imagination Sprint: Becoming the Designers of the Future

The world is rapidly changing. Challenges are getting bigger and bigger. Designing products and logos is not enough anymore! Designers of the future will need to be intrepid, creative thinkers, researchers and experimenters. The designer...Read full update

Research through Design Article in Design Issues

Articleby Paul Coulton
Research through Design Article in Design Issues

Published in Design Issues is our (Liz Edwards, myself, Andy Darby, Mike Chiasson) atest paper presenting various digital-nature artifacts that were designed to support visitor engagement with nature in a public garden environment. These artifacts are hybridsas they combinedigital and physical characteristics within them. ...Read full article

Co-designing Design Fictions: a New Approach for Debating and Priming Future Healthcare Technologies and Services

OutcomeJournal Paper
Co-designing Design Fictions: a New Approach for Debating and Priming Future Healthcare Technologies and Services

Background Design fictions (DFs) are emerging as a tool aimed at engaging people in debating and questioning the direction of future technologies, services and possible societies. Following the challenges placed on healthcare provision by an ageing population, governments are introducing...More information

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

The TEDx talk on the role of playfulness in promoting playful behaviours is now part of the TEDx database.

Play and playfulness are two words usually associated with children, but they are of significance importance to adults. Do we stop playing because we grow old?Or do we grow old because we...Read full update

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

at the Ageing Playfully Seminar

The Centre for Ageing Research seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia' held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Lancater University provided insights on the value and use of playfulness for caring with people...Read full update

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 days 9 hours ago

RT @IoTUKNews: Preparing for being filmed with @ProfTriviality talking about design fiction and the IOT. https://t.co/ZMFHqc0c01

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 1 week 5 days ago

RT @_Design4Change: Track on #Health & #Wellbeing by #Design now open at @DRS2018. Submit papers by 7th November. @ImaginationLanc @phdbyd

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 5 days ago

RT @StuartWalkerUK: Senior Research Associate for our AHRC LIVING DESIGN Project - traditional crafts in Cumbria - position at MMU https://…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 weeks 1 day ago

RT @ClaireJCoulton: Huge congratulations to @GullickDavid who successfully defended his PhD thesis today supervised by @ProfTriviality http…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 4 weeks 10 hours ago

RT @LICAatLancaster: Congratulations to all of you who will be starting with us in September! We can't wait to meet you! #LoveLICA https://…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 5 weeks 3 days ago

RT @ProfTriviality: Some of the #designfiction artefacts for our OOO #iot kettle @pollykettles available alongside the paper https://t.co/k…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 7 weeks 17 hours ago

RT @martyn_evans: After recommendations for web designer for Wordpress site for design research project. North West based. #webdesigner #no…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 8 weeks 3 days ago

RT @_Design4Change: Get our paper on how design fiction can help prime future healthcare tech & services https://t.co/ZxqRSXjwy0 @Futures_D

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 8 weeks 3 days ago

RT @_Design4Change: Our paper on co-designing #Design Fictions: for Debating and Priming Future #Healthcare Technologies & Services is now…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 9 weeks 3 days ago

RT @nicolasnova: The road to technology-centered systems is paved with user-centered intentions. (Woods, 1994)

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