Gemma Coupe

Coupe
Design Manager, Leapfrog
g [dot] coupe1 [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

As Design Manager for Leapfrog I build relationships with partners to identify opportunities for innovative co-design projects that aim to transform their consultation processes. I work closely with our partners at the Glasgow School of Art and undertake regular working trips to the Highlands.

Before joining ImaginationLancaster I was with Creative Lancashire for over 5 years, Lancashire’s business led support service for creative businesses. During this we delivered Blaze an ambitious 3 year youth led Cultural Olympiad project where young people took the lead in decision making. Seeing the impact this had on their confidence and skills I realised that developing innovative user led approaches to the design of projects or services was where were my interests lay.

In 2012 I became Design Manager for the PROUD project at ImaginationLancaster. The tools and approaches we developed through PROUD to make public consultations more effective and creative transformed the council’s approach to consultation and engagement. This became the starting point for the development of Leapfrog.

Updates and Outcomes

Beyond the Castle secures Heritage Lottery Funding

Beyond the Castle secures Heritage Lottery Funding

Lancashire County Council received the news they’d been waiting for in securing £59,000 for the Heritage Lottery ‘Our Heritage’ Fund (HLF) for an 18 month programme of learning and engagement activities for the fascinating site explored in the PROUD co-design challenge ‘Beyond the Castle’.

The...Read full update

International Masterclass: Communities and Co-Design

International Masterclass: Communities and Co-Design

Working with a group of highly experienced co-designers, group leaders and facilitators, this high level masterclass in Eindhoven explored the nature of excellent group working and facilitation.

Eindhoven has a well deserved reputation for excellent co-design. This was more than justified by...Read full update

International Masterclass: Co-Design For Public Services

International Masterclass: Co-Design For Public Services

How should public sector workers approach co-design to get the maximum benefit? In collaboration with Lancaster City Council Imagination delivered a masterclass to senior public sector workers in Luxembourg.

Traveling to Luxembourg is always a treat, even if it's a bit of a trek. This time I...Read full update

Wanted: Co-Design Mentors, Designers and Illustrators

Wanted: Co-Design Mentors, Designers and Illustrators

The PROUD Project at ImaginationLancaster is developing FaceMooc, a 5 week online course for design professionals that wish to develop and share expertise in co-design. To support this we are seeking several professionals to create co-design course content, illustrate a unique digital certificate...Read full update

Sharing Experience, Techniques and Tools

Event3 years and 13 days ago
Sharing Experience, Techniques and Tools

16th of May 2014, The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster

The first Working With Groups event took place at The Storey in Lancaster. Participants ranged from leaders of Friends Groups for green space projects, a Scout Leader, youth workers, a cultural social enterprise that...Read full update

Design can change the world

Event3 years and 21 days ago
Design can change the world

8th of May 2014, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen

(but it needs to work with others disciplines!)

In the years to come, I hope to remember 2014 as the year I started my life as a researcher. And what a way of kicking it off! I am an MA candidate in Design Management in Lancaster...Read full update

International Masterclass: Co-Design For Public Services

International Masterclass: Co-Design For Public Services

How should public sector workers approach co-design to get the maximum benefit? In collaboration with Lancaster City Council Imagination delivered a masterclass to senior public sector workers in Luxembourg.

Traveling to Luxembourg is always a treat, even if it's a bit of a trek. This time I...Read full update

Wanted: Co-Design Mentors, Designers and Illustrators

Wanted: Co-Design Mentors, Designers and Illustrators

The PROUD Project at ImaginationLancaster is developing FaceMooc, a 5 week online course for design professionals that wish to develop and share expertise in co-design. To support this we are seeking several professionals to create co-design course content, illustrate a unique digital certificate...Read full update

Sharing Experience, Techniques and Tools

Event3 years and 13 days ago
Sharing Experience, Techniques and Tools

16th of May 2014, The Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster

The first Working With Groups event took place at The Storey in Lancaster. Participants ranged from leaders of Friends Groups for green space projects, a Scout Leader, youth workers, a cultural social enterprise that...Read full update

Design can change the world

Event3 years and 21 days ago
Design can change the world

8th of May 2014, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen

(but it needs to work with others disciplines!)

In the years to come, I hope to remember 2014 as the year I started my life as a researcher. And what a way of kicking it off! I am an MA candidate in Design Management in Lancaster...Read full update

"Think about co-design every 15 minutes!"

Event3 years and 21 days ago
"Think about co-design every 15 minutes!"

8th of May 2014, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen

It was a well timed opportunity to participate in PROUD FORUM in Germany.

In fact, I just started the major research regarding on 'co-design activities in business sector', so I had an emerging view of co-design at that time....Read full update

Co-Design Futures

Event3 years and 21 days ago
Co-Design Futures

8th of May 2014, Red Dot Design Museum, Essen

Exploring the values and implications of co-design approaches at the PROUD Forum

Nick Dunn was invited to attend the PROUD Forum: Design for Societal Challenges held at the Red Dot Museum, Essen.  An important part of the...Read full update

The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter, Gemma Coupe
The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Tings were tribal gatherings in ancient Scandinavia and Scotland where tribes came together and facilitated by the chief discussed the key issues of the day. This notion of coming together and engaging as a group is being resurrected by a team exploring new forms of democratic renewal in the Scottish Government. ...Read full article

PROUD Zoners in Use

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
PROUD Zoners in Use

We were thrilled that the zoner tools we co-designed with Helen Ryan at Lancaster City Council had their first independent trial this week. ...Read full article

Calling All Masters Of Co-Design a 'reverse masterclass' in Eindhoven

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Calling All Masters Of Co-Design a 'reverse masterclass' in Eindhoven

Facilitating masterclasses in co-design has always provided us with a bit of a headache. The notion of a master (or more interesting mistress) in co-design sets up a hierarchy just when we want to break them down. This was especially true when we were invited to run a masterclass for more experienced co-designers. Our response was the event “Calling All Co-Design Masters”. This event was all about sharing best and worst practice. In particular we...Read full article

Co-Design Master class

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Co-Design Master class

On 19th March 2013 we joined our excellent partners in Capital D in Eindhoven to run a master class on co-design. This was aimed at design participants thet were new to co-design. We had a fantastic mix of young products designers, service designers as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders. In this session we explored 8 fundamental factors that designers need to think about and in some cases be challenged by, these are  - Agree how the...Read full article

PROUD partners in Lancaster and the design of meetings

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe, Laura Wareing
PROUD partners in Lancaster and the design of meetings

One of the joys of academia is that you get to collaborate with great people that you really like. This is certianly the case with the PROUD project. The flip side of this is that you offten meet up with these great people in meetings, endless meetings. For big EU funded projects like PROUD these can take over 2 days and after that much time with 15 people or so sat around a table its pretty easy to loose the will to live. ...Read full article

PROUD 'Beyond the Castle' Interactive Co-Design Exhibition Launch

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
PROUD 'Beyond the Castle' Interactive Co-Design Exhibition Launch

The PROUD project ‘Beyond the Castle’ had the opening of its interactive co-design exhibition on 15th November in the Storey Creative industries Centre. This marks a key point in the development of the project where all stakeholders come together and respond creatively to the ideas generated so far and really start to co-design. To set the scene for this we had presentations form Julian Inman, Senior Planner (Regeneration) and almost more...Read full article

You can find a list of Gemma Coupe's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

PROUDPROUD PROUD Working with designers, businesses, academics and the public to promote innovation through new types of ...
Working With GroupsWorking With Groups Working With Groups The PROUD project are running series of events throughout 2014 designed to share experience and effective ...