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

The PROUD Sensitising Event 'City Park' Workshop at The Storey

The PROUD Sensitising Event 'City Park' Workshop at The Storey

An event at the Storey Creative Industries Centre to turn project consultation in the start of a co-design process. Here people started to design the intervention process for the next 6 months.

The Lancaster City Park initiative was discussed last month at a consultation event, and last week...Read full update

PROUD and Co-Design for Local Councillors

PROUD and Co-Design for Local Councillors

Proud sensitising event with the elected members of Lancaster City Council

We ran a sensitizing event recently (on the 23rd April) with a delegation of councilors from Lancaster City Council. This was a very interesting group, we have very good relationships with the Officers of the City...Read full update

PROUD launches at ImaginationLab on the 8th May

Event5 years, 5 months and 11 days ago
PROUD launches at ImaginationLab on the 8th May

8th of May 2012, LICA Building, Lancaster University

We are pleased to announce an open invitation to the launch of the PROUD project at ImaginationLab on the 8th May. Keynote speaker is Stéphane Vincent, founder of the French innovation lab La 27e Région, a laboratory for the...Read full update

PROUD seeks Designers and Creatives

PROUD seeks Designers and Creatives

Lancaster University is seeking to procure a pool of designers to work closely with the PROUD project team to develop innovative co-design interventions to address local co-design challenges, broadly looking at place, product and service design.

We are looking for individuals / agencies with...Read full update

Proud Master Classes Taking shape

Proud Master Classes Taking shape

The Master Class work package that Lancaster are leading as part of the Proud project took a big step forward recently with structures, techniques and topics fixed at a meeting in Eindhoven hosted by Capital D with Designregion Kortrijk from Belgium also in attendance.

We will be delivering 3...Read full update

PROUD Local Design Challenges

PROUD Local Design Challenges

The PROUD project aims to demonstrate the value of user-led co-design processes by responding to three design challenges to create new products, processes or spaces. With a number of local challenges to choose from, the team felt it was important to define clear challenge selection criteria;...Read full update

A Celebration of Innovation

A Celebration of Innovation

This event concluded the IDEAS at Daresbury series of engagement activities. Decision makers from regional and national funding bodies were brought together to disseminate the project. ...Read full update

Report: Beyond Networking - Knowledge, Exchange and Innovation

This booklet seeks to highlight, frame and hopefully start to answer many of the issues around creativity, collaboration and growth.

This booklet has been developed following delivery of the final workshop programme Beyond Networking. Initially, it provides details of the five workshops which...Read full update

The Net approach: Social Networks in action and Design cognitive tools

The Net approach: Social Networks in action and Design cognitive tools

Presented at the EngageHEI conference in Bradford University in May 2010 this paper presents an approach that uses social network theory to shape the design of a new approach to knowledge exchange tools and documents their application with 20 high tech SMES. Keywords: Social Networks,...Read full update

LEAD Connect Workshop

Event7 years, 5 months and 3 days ago
LEAD Connect Workshop

17th of May 2010, Lancaster University Management School

We delivered a networking workshop as part of the LICA LEAD programme in collaboration with Frank Dawes and Becky Gordon from the Creative Industries Unit within LICA. We were responsible for the development and delivery of...Read full update

FISCAR Conference 2010 Paper

Cruickshank, L., 2010. Walking the Highwire – New Modes of Interaction Between Academic Design Research and Business Engagement in UK. In FISCAR conference Helsinki, May 2010. Helsinki.

This paper describes two co-ordinated initiatives to allow business engagement (working with business on...Read full update

Innovation '09 Conference Paper

Cruickshank, L., Mather, A. & Evans, M., 2009. Applied Imagination - Designing Innovative Knowledge Transfer Approaches. In Innovation 09: Innovation through Knowledge Transfer (Conference). Institute of Knowledge Transfer. Available at: internal-pdf://DesigningKT.pdf.

This paper describes a...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

Ghanaian Specific Design and Innovation

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Ghanaian Specific Design and Innovation

With the aim of establishing if there was a need for Ghanaian specific design and innovation processes we undertook 15 interviews with designers and artisans in addition to presentations and workshops with 27 participants from across the design sector in Ghana both within the capital but also in the wider country. This was undertaken by 7 academics, one form the UK, 5 based in Ghana and one from Nigeria. ...Read full article

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

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 ...