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

The First of the Knowledge Exchange Tool Design Labs

The First of the Knowledge Exchange Tool Design Labs

Asking the Right Questions to Frame Knowledge Exchange Challenges

Yesterday, Wednesday 14th November, a group people working in knowledge exchange across different departments within Lancaster University came to the Imagination Lab for the first of three tool design labs. The method...Read full update

Upcoming: 3 Tool Design Events

Upcoming: 3 Tool Design Events

Designing Tools for Designing Knowledge Exchange & High Impact Research

Lancaster University has an excellent reputation for knowledge exchange and high impact research, but the way we have achieved this is often unknown outside of particular departments and teams. ...Read full update

New IDEAS at DMI Conference, Boston, USA

New IDEAS at DMI Conference, Boston, USA

A Paper on Designing Knowledge Exchange is Presented at the 2012 DMI Conference

Last week, on Wednesday 8th August, a paper co-written by three members of the New IDEAS team was presented at the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference.  ...Read full update

Innovation Through Knowledge Exchange and the Design of Knowledge Exchange Design

OutcomeConference Paper
Innovation Through Knowledge Exchange and the Design of Knowledge Exchange Design

The paper was written for the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference, organised by DMI and presented at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, USA on 8th August 2012.  Abstract ...More information

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

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Can Leapfrog co-design tools with the governors at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to help them synthesize information and share it.

In late July, a group of governors from Lancashire Care Foundation Trust explored and documented their thoughts on how they engage with their members...Read full update

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Leapfrog is working closely with Rebecca Addey, a Paediatric Patient Experience Officer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and her colleagues as part of the Rigorous Stories project at Lancaster.

In a very productive and interesting workshop with Becci, we worked to understand and reflect on...Read full update

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust provides health and wellbeing services such as health visiting, sexual health, and dentistry across Lancashire at over more than 400 sites. They have over 9000 members who have joined because they want to have their voice heard in an organisation that matters to...Read full update

New Inclusive Tools Co-​Designed with Ben Pearson at Healthwatch

New Inclusive Tools Co-​Designed with Ben Pearson at Healthwatch

New inclusive tools co-​​designed with Ben Pearson at Healthwatch in Blackburn have been used to help different groups, varying in age to give their opinion on health and wellbeing related issues with great success.

The three tools created as a result of this project aim and to improve...Read full update

Revisiting the Young Designers to tell them about their Amazing Tools

Revisiting the Young Designers to tell them about their Amazing Tools

It’s been just over a year since Leapfrog has visited Child Action Northwest to spend time with the young co-​designers we worked with for the Working with Young People project.

A lot has happened since we last saw them and we wanted to show them the impact the tools they designed have made...Read full update

Tools Help School Pupils to Imagine University Life

Tools Help School Pupils to Imagine University Life

Members of the Leapfrog team recently supported and ran workshops with pupils from local schools, Heysham High and Stepping Stones, a pupil referral primary school, who were visiting Lancaster University to learn about university life and comic art as part of a project called The Comic Project....Read full update

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.