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

Efosa Osamudiamen: G Up project partner

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Efosa Osamudiamen: G Up project partner

Design research has received a lot of attention in the past decades in Europe and America. More recently, some of the works in the area include evaluation of the effectiveness of the systematic design methodology, investigation of evolutionary design, as well as best practices in design pedagogy. These researches are in the context of advancing knowledge in product development especially as it pertains to concept generation, shape design, and...Read full article

Jewel Enyonam Kpoh: G Up partner Introduction

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Jewel Enyonam Kpoh: G Up partner Introduction

The rapidly changing environment businesses operate in today makes it necessary for them to be innovative in order to remain relevant. This makes innovation vital for the long term survival of businesses. If firms innovate successfully, they thrive and this has a positive impact on the economy of a country. ...Read full article

Dr. Lawrence Boakye: G Up partner introduction

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Dr. Lawrence Boakye: G Up partner introduction

I am inspired by the relevance of African Epistemology and its impact on change and development. I have passion for African world views and indigenous cultures and knowledge systems as leading inspiration toward a new comprehensive undertsanding of the role of designers, artisans, sculptures, carvers and other local Ghanain inovators or inventors and their contribution towards development. ...Read full article

Coomerene Rodrigo: G Up partner Introduction

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Coomerene Rodrigo: G Up partner Introduction

As a newcomer to Ghana, I have been fascinated by the colour and variety of arts and crafts in the country: from the intricately carved wooden masks and symbols to the mind-boggling array of fabric; from the beautiful bead work to the country’s unique fantasy coffins, now making a name internationally. Design and innovation are clearly very much alive in Ghana, yet how is the longevity of these crafts guaranteed? How are these skills and...Read full article

G UP: Ghanaian specific design and innovation models

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
G UP: Ghanaian specific design and innovation models

Working with manufacturing and high-tech company partners to co-design new, locally tailored innovation, design and training. ...Read full article

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

Imagine Iriss

Imagine Iriss

This week, Fiona, Gayle, Lisa, Rhi­ann and Rikke from Iriss, The Insti­tute for Research and Inno­va­tion in Social Ser­vices, a char­ity that bridges prac­tise, pol­icy and research based in Glas­gow vis­ited the Leapfrog team at...Read full update

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

A critical part of Leapfrog’s first major research project is the phase where we will facilitate a co-design process with young people aged 13-17. To prepare for this we met with Leapfrog Advisory Board member Emma Barrett. Emma leads Silk Innovation Lab, a small team based within Kent County...Read full update

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project for Leapfrog has been produced.

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project has been...Read full update

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Six open innovation platform case studies have been written for the OpTex project, which cover Fab Labs, Facemooc, LEGO Ideas, MIT Media Lab, .Net Gadgeteer and P&G Connect + Develop.

Innventia, a research and development company in Sweden are working towards an open innovation platform...Read full update

New TimeTape tool for Planning

New TimeTape tool for Planning

The TimeTape tools are rolls of paper tape printed with different divisions of time, including a working day and a working week to help groups plan activities and projects.

The tape material is similar to masking tape, which means it can be easily torn, stuck to any surface and when...Read full update

New tools available on the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

New tools available on the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

The IDEAS for Impact project recently added two new free downloadable tools to the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox website.

The tools are the Superheroes and the Intro Cards, which have both been designed by IDEAS for Impact and put to use in many successful workshops, including workshops...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

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 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 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

Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

Articleby David Hands, Noor Aldoy, Leon Cruickshank, Nick Dunn, Emmanuel Tsekleves
Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

The Fusion team, delivered another successful and highly enjoyable Design Jam at the Work Foundation last Wednesday. ...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 ...