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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, 2 days 3 hours ago

RT @ProfTriviality: What is Design Fiction? This is Design Fiction as World Building https://t.co/TZTjkzAN7a #designfiction #designfutures

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 5 days 34 min ago

RT @LICAatLancaster: Congratulations to @_DanRichards_ on winning the Early Career Researcher of the Year @LancasterFASS Dean's Awards yest…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 1 week 5 days ago

RT @cubicgarden: On my way to see the current state of @ImmersiveObject's living room of the future. Pretty excited! Don't forget you can b…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 1 week 5 days ago

RT @ProfTriviality: As it’s #IoT day why not treat yourself and download our free Little Book of Design Fiction for the Internet of Things…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 2 days ago

RT @ImmersiveObject: Things moving along in the Living Room from the Future thanks to @adriangradinar and @jimalexcol https://t.co/91qkc2ki…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 5 days ago

RT @ProfTriviality: Thoroughly enjoyable design fiction panel @PETRASiot #LivingInTheIoT conference with @anabjain and @chrisspeed and our…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 weeks 1 day ago

RT @dder: Day 2, still Living in the IoT. The "Design Matters" session has my favourite slide so far today. Thanks Joe Lindley. #IETCyberIo…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 weeks 2 days ago

RT @IoTUKNews: Getting set for the chairless panel with the mad professors on design fictions and future scenarios. #LivingInTheIoT https:/…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 weeks 2 days ago

RT @digitalurban: Privacy by Design is a Heffalump Trap - possibly the best talk of the @PETRASiot Living in IoT conference via @joegalen a…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 weeks 2 days ago

RT @chrisspeed: How is value created in the 6th Kondratiev wave of technology? Boyeun from @ImaginationLanc @PETRASiot https://t.co/BS…

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