Laura Wareing

Wareing
Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project
Co-design, design for the public sector, tool design
l [dot] e [dot] wareing [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Laura Wareing (Morris) is the Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project, where she leads the co-design of tools, which takes place in co-design workshops with different groups of people, including young people and public sector professionals.  Laura led the development of tools for young people and the Inspirer newspaper, which won a British Youth Council award for innovation.

Laura joined Imagination as a Graphic Designer for the New IDEAS project, a project that created innovative knowledge exchange toolkits, used independently by academic, creative industries and stakeholders.  Laura designed the Hexagon Cards, which have been widely used inside the university and across the world.

Laura’s creative background includes a degree in Industrial Design and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation, both from Northumbria University.  She also has varied commercial experience, including product design for a leading baby product brand, concept design for Philips Innovation and has built and marketed the brand for a new brewery. Laura has won an RSA Design Directions award for sustainable future concepts.

Particular interests for Laura include; co-design, design for the public sector, service design, branding, marketing and the role of design in business.

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Updates and Outcomes

Scenario Comic Tool Available from New IDEAS

Scenario Comic Tool Available from New IDEAS

A simple but effective tool for revealing motivations in knowledge exchange projects.

The Scenario Comic Tool from New IDEAS The New IDEAS project is producing a series of useful knowledge exchange tools and toolkits for dissemination both within and outside Lancaster University.  As part...Read full update

Co-designing a new collaborative forum with the Faculty of Science and Technology

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Co-designing a new collaborative forum with the Faculty of Science and Technology

25th of February 2013, Imagination LICA

New Ideas helping 'FST' to collaborate more effectively and provide a more coherent voice for feedback to strategic proposals through the design of a new series of forum events.

One of the key aims of New Ideas is to help participants...Read full update

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

Action Points Tool

Action Points Tool

A simple but effective tool for addressing action points in meetings.

A Proud meeting for partners across Europe took place at the beginning of this week and in order to ensure that this meeting was an engaging experience for all of the participants, the New IDEAS and Proud team came together...Read full update

Knowledge Exchange Tool Co-Design Continues Across the University

Knowledge Exchange Tool Co-Design Continues Across the University

The three part series of labs run as part of the New Ideas project may have finished in December 2012, but the development of the tools created in the labs continues this year.

The New Ideas team are the in process of meeting with each of the lab participants across the different faculties in...Read full update

Co-Designing Tools for the New IDEAS Project

Co-Designing Tools for the New IDEAS Project

This week, we completed the final of three labs with the leading knowledge exchange practitioners in the University, marking the end of the first phase if the New IDEAS project

This series of three labs has been aimed at enabling the participants in the group to lead the co-design of new...Read full update

Brief Encounter Workshop

Brief Encounter Workshop

Academics from around the UK and Europe attend a workshop with industry representatives to explore the possibilities to make distributed and digitally augmented design more effective and fun.

This one day workshop brought together academics for a wide range of institutions including Cambridge...Read full update

Getting to Grips with Knowledge Exchange for New IDEAS

Getting to Grips with Knowledge Exchange for New IDEAS

The first few weeks of my time at Imagination focusing on the New IDEAS project have flown by.  During this time, I have had the opportunity to design the mechanisms used in a workshop, produce the design for the New IDEAS project logo, been part of an interview panel for a new...Read full update

Leapfrog Librarians

Articleby Debbie Stubbs, Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter
Leapfrog Librarians

My first conference trip to Manchester Cilip 2017 with the Leapfrog team was an exciting start for future dissemination events. ...Read full article

Open innovation: Working Together

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Laura Wareing
Open innovation: Working Together

As part of the Optex project with the Swedish research Institute Innventia Leon Cruickshank travelled to Stockholm to give a keynote presentation on the benefits (and perils) of Open Innovation. This presentation demonstrated how the academic literature on open innovation, democratized innovation and lead users can inform new product and service development. ...Read full article

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

Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing
Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

IDEAS for Impact ran a workshop to offer strategic and practical support for academics from across Lancaster University interested in developing more impactful research. ...Read full article

Creative Evaluation with the Scottish Public Sector

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Anna Winters, Laura Wareing
Creative Evaluation with the Scottish Public Sector

Working in close collaboration with the Creativite Team in the Scotish Goverment, Imagination ran a workshop to explore some possibilities of creative evaluation. With a group of experts in engagement, facilitation and consultation, Imagination presented 2 draft prototype tools for discussion and critique. The first of these was aimed directly at faciliators. ...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

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

Key Projects

Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by designLeapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design The Leapfrog project will be a close collaboration with public sector and community partners to design and ...
IDEAS for ImpactIDEAS for Impact IDEAS for Impact A project to help Lancaster University academics undertake high impact, excellent research.
New IDEASNew IDEAS New IDEAS The aim of New IDEAS is to develop, refine and disseminate highly innovative knowledge exchange approaches ...
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
OpTexOpTex OpTex Open innovation for textile-like materials made on a paper machine.