Dr Leon Cruickshank

Cruickshank
Professor of Design and Creative Exchange
Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
l [dot] cruickshank [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Leon's core interests relate to how technology can enable new relationships between users and designers and through this allow users to become more active in shaping our society, environment and media. This requires a radical change in the way we think about designers and designing.

This has led to the emergence of designing knowledge exchange as a research area. He is currently involved in 6 funded projects in this area. He is principle Investigator for the £1.2million AHRC project Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design (www.leapfrog.tools). He is also Director of Knowledge Exchange for the £4 million AHRC Creative Knowledge Exchange Hub and UK lead for the €4 million PROUD project looking at knowledge exchange through co-design

Blog: imaginarium42.blogspot.com

Updates and Outcomes

Creative Process Workshop

Creative Process Workshop

Sarah Campbell from the V&A Museum joins the Leapfrog team to develop tools to help understand the creative process.

I first met the Imagination Lancaster team at a conference in Essen, Germany, a couple of years ago. I recognised them immediately as both good thinkers and good fun and have...Read full update

Leapfrog Young Designers Celebration Event

Leapfrog Young Designers Celebration Event

Since October last year, Leapfrog has been working with a group of young people to co-design tools to make sure adults in authority hear their voices.

We produced a newspaper called The Inspirer containing the tools the young people both designed and named.  The young people edited...Read full update

Exploring the value of creative engagement and consultation

Exploring the value of creative engagement and consultation

Leapfrog presented at a workshop led by the Public Collaboration Lab – an AHRC funded research partnership between London Borough of Camden and University of the Arts London, Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (UAL DESIS Lab). The workshop explored the value of creative engagement...Read full update

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Leapfrog held a large, interactive tool sharing event at Lancaster University to close the Major Project 'Working with Young People' and share the tools that have been co-designed since it began in August 2015.

During the Leapfrog Major Project, 'Working with Young People' we have worked...Read full update

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 4th­– 8th­ July 2016 at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio in Forres – a beautiful town in the North of Scotland.

Sharing co-design methods...Read full update

New tools for engaging with young people

New tools for engaging with young people

An event to share tools to overcome the universal challenges of consulting or engaging with young people.

To conclude Leapfrog’s first major research project, Leapfrog at Lancaster University invites you to a highly interactive event from noon - 4pm on Thursday 25th February 2016 at...Read full update

Creative Process Workshop

Creative Process Workshop

Sarah Campbell from the V&A Museum joins the Leapfrog team to develop tools to help understand the creative process.

I first met the Imagination Lancaster team at a conference in Essen, Germany, a couple of years ago. I recognised them immediately as both good thinkers and good fun and have...Read full update

Leapfrog Young Designers Celebration Event

Leapfrog Young Designers Celebration Event

Since October last year, Leapfrog has been working with a group of young people to co-design tools to make sure adults in authority hear their voices.

We produced a newspaper called The Inspirer containing the tools the young people both designed and named.  The young people edited...Read full update

Exploring the value of creative engagement and consultation

Exploring the value of creative engagement and consultation

Leapfrog presented at a workshop led by the Public Collaboration Lab – an AHRC funded research partnership between London Borough of Camden and University of the Arts London, Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab (UAL DESIS Lab). The workshop explored the value of creative engagement...Read full update

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Leapfrog held a large, interactive tool sharing event at Lancaster University to close the Major Project 'Working with Young People' and share the tools that have been co-designed since it began in August 2015.

During the Leapfrog Major Project, 'Working with Young People' we have worked...Read full update

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 4th­– 8th­ July 2016 at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio in Forres – a beautiful town in the North of Scotland.

Sharing co-design methods...Read full update

New tools for engaging with young people

New tools for engaging with young people

An event to share tools to overcome the universal challenges of consulting or engaging with young people.

To conclude Leapfrog’s first major research project, Leapfrog at Lancaster University invites you to a highly interactive event from noon - 4pm on Thursday 25th February 2016 at...Read full update

Open innovation: Working Together

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Laura Morris
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 Morris, 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 the Public Sector be more creative an experts’ workshop at Dutch Design Week

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Anna Winters
Helping the Public Sector be more creative an experts’ workshop at Dutch Design Week

This high level workshop held at Dutch Design Week brought together internationally recognized experts in public sector service design, policy and design thinking. In collaboration and co-delivered with Anna Winters, lead for the Creativity Team in the Scottish Government, the aim of this workshop was to to explore the key conditions for creativity to flourish in the public sector in general and in particular the Scottish Government.  To do...Read full article

Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Morris
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 Morris
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 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

You can find a list of Leon Cruickshank'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 ...
CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change)CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society (Tools for Change) This £1.5 million EPSRC funded 4 year project examines the role of new technology in citizen led ...
Creative IDEASCreative IDEAS Creative IDEAS Innovative Mechanisms for Knowledge Sharing
IDEAS at DaresburyIDEAS at Daresbury IDEAS at Daresbury Collaboration for Innovation in Knowledge Exchange
HighWireHighWire HighWire Creating Innovative People for Radical Change
DeEP: Design in European PolicyDeEP: Design in European Policy DeEP: Design in European Policy Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
Brief EncountersBrief Encounters Brief Encounters An AHRC Network project to explore new forms of collaborative design processes
London Creative and Digital FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion London Creative and Digital Fusion Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries
Working With GroupsWorking With Groups Working With Groups The PROUD project are running series of events throughout 2014 designed to share experience and effective ...