Laura Wareing

Wareing
Past Staff Member
Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project, April 2012 to September 2017
Co-design, design for the public sector, tool design

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.

Follow Laura on Twitter

Updates and Outcomes

Design Days – What is Co-Design Anyway

Design Days – What is Co-Design Anyway

A workshop for the European Union sponsored Design Days event

The EU Design Days event lead by the ERRIN is growing in impact and significance across Europe and on a wider international scale. The two-day event held in the Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels on 24th to the 26th...Read full update

Additive Manufacturing Workshop

Additive Manufacturing Workshop

Last month, the IDEAS for Impact project delivered a workshop that brought together people from all faculties of the university sharing interests and experience in additive manufacturing technology.

Workshop participants had the opportunity to talk to the whole group about their specific...Read full update

Engaging With Design, a Confessional

Engaging With Design, a Confessional

We were invited to deliver a workshop hosted by the Creativity Team within the Scottish Government, who are responsible for organisational development, leadership and learning. The workshop aimed to explore the value design can bring to public sector activities.

Engaging with Design: A...Read full update

Creative Lounge Peep Board Tool

Creative Lounge Peep Board Tool

IDEAS for Impact offer support and help design tools for a CX event.

IDEAS for Impact have been offering projects across the university support in their collaborative research activities.  The Creative Exchange were one of the first projects to receive this support for the planning and...Read full update

IDEAS for Impact First Tweetup

IDEAS for Impact First Tweetup

3…2…1 Blastoff! IDEAS for Impact Tweet up launches for the first time.

Wednesday saw the first physical meeting of the Ideas for Impact twitter followers (with a few non-tweeters we affectionately agreed could be 'email dodos'). The tweetup brought together people from across the university...Read full update

Additive Manufacturing Community Mapping

Event3 years, 4 months and 2 days ago

15th of September 2014, Imagination Lab, LICA Building

3D printing is a hugely disruptive technology, with implications that reach deep into business models, engineering approaches and cultural assumptions. Understanding these implications and the opportunities accompanying them...Read full update

Support Available for Collaborative Research Projects

Support Available for Collaborative Research Projects

The IDEAS for Impact project has time and funding to support collaborative research projects at Lancaster University.

The IDEAS for Impact team is offering a week’s worth of their expertise in knowledge exchange and interaction design to research based projects based in any of the faculties...Read full update

Imagination launches a new project to support excellent, high impact research across Lancaster University

Imagination launches a new project to support excellent, high impact research across Lancaster University

Ideas for Impact is a Lancaster University project to support academics across the University in conducting excellent research with significance to the outside world. We are especially interested in helping newly appointed academics to develop high impact research.

The Lancaster University...Read full update

Action Points Tool Download

Action Points Tool Download

The Meeting Action Points Tool is available to download and customise.

The Action Points Tool created by the New IDEAS project is a  simple but effective tool for addressing action points in meetings. The tool enables participants in a meeting to go over action points from the last...Read full update

China Catalyst Programme Planning

China Catalyst Programme Planning

Imagination designed, organised and hosted a five-hour workshop for the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme (LCCP) on the 13th of January 2014. The aim of the workshop was to detail each section of the four-year project plan.

Twelve people involved in the project planning including China...Read full update

Hexagon Tool Available from New IDEAS

Hexagon Tool Available from New IDEAS

The New IDEAS Hexagon Tool is a tactile and versatile method for connecting together ideas in multiple directions during brainstorming, meetings, workshops and other events where knowledge needs to be exchanged.

The tool was developed as an alternative to post-it notes because we found that...Read full update

Conference Toolbox Overview

Conference Toolbox Overview

Much of our research in Imagination involves the creation of approaches, methods, processes, scaffolding, courses, modules and other forms that support innovation and KE. We are moving towards a meta-description of these. We tend to describe them as tools or elements of a toolbox. It’s worth...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.