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

Peter Troxler Talks Open Design

Event6 years, 4 months and 13 days ago
Peter Troxler Talks Open Design

14th of May 2012, ImaginationLancaster - Creative Facilitation Lab.

As one of the leading thinks in the field, Peter lead a workshop with PhD students on the nature, restrictions and future of Open Design

Peter Troxler is well known in Fablab and Open Design circles and was...Read full update

PROUD launch Lancaster Co-design Challenge

PROUD launch Lancaster Co-design Challenge

The PROUD project officially launched in the UK on Tuesday 8th May at ImaginationLab. Over 100 people from business, academic, government and local communities came to hear how co-design is being used to solve complex societal challenges in Lancashire and across Northern Europe.

Keynote...Read full update

Will.i.am and Knowledge Exchange Toolkits

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Will.i.am and Knowledge Exchange Toolkits

New IDEAS is all about designing new KE toolkits (by this we mean creating processes that act as a foil to enable knowledge exchange between others when we are not present).  We think we have a pretty good handle on KE and exchange toolkits, having read many KE events and developed many more KE mechanisms. ...Read full article

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

Event6 years, 4 months and 19 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

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

Create Workshop

Event8 years, 7 months and 30 days ago
Create Workshop

26th of January 2010

In Create we explored the requirements and characteristics for creativity to grow and flourish.

Applying cutting edge research in creativity and design we determined that almost by definition that anyone involved in business will be creative and have the...Read full update

Connect Workshop

Event8 years, 8 months and 6 days ago
Connect Workshop

19th of January 2010

This workshop has looked at Social Networks and how value can be created through them by providing simple and hands-on tools to benefit from your contacts. Networks are, in fact, an important means through which companies can access knowledge and resources to...Read full update

Project partners presentation and design considerations

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank

Building on the knowledges gained through engagements with people aged 50+ and health professionals, a presentation of findings and design considerations was given to the Sensors for health and wellbeing project partners and other interested parties from the health, public, and 3rd sectors. ...Read full article

One-to-one interviews with health professionals

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank

With increasing austerity measures and an ageing population, the healthcare sector is continually seeking ways to reduce cost and improve service and care delivery for older adults. With internet connected devices becoming increasingly accessible and affordable, sensor technologies in individual’s homes to assist and improve healthy living is revealing its face as the next step in the future of healthcare. ...Read full article

One-to-one interviews and co-design workshops with persons aged 50+ living in single occupancy homes

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank
One-to-one interviews and co-design workshops with persons aged 50+ living in single occupancy homes

While still relatively new, “smart” internet connected healthcare technologies have seen significant development and effort, seeking to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve service delivery. These devices are characterised as physical objects of some sensing capability connected to a network; integrating physical world information into digital systems. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - A Bid Writer's Experience

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - A Bid Writer's Experience

One of our bid writers, Jane Moodie from Active Lancashire, sent us this to add to our blog.  When myself and Tamasin were first informed of the project our first thoughts were 'will we be out of our depth', 'will the others be really knowledgeable on writing funding bids'. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Putting the FUN into Funding Bidding for project funding can seem a lot of hard work (and it is) however there is no reason you can’t have some fun while you’re doing it.  The HEIF funded Funding Accelerator program aimed to make creating ideas and developing them into funding bids an enjoyable process that brought together people from various organisations and different backgrounds in order to collaborate on co-design projects to benefit...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

See here for Day One. Despite discussions around projects (and football) lasting til midnight all were bright-eyed and ready for more work early the next morning. After a quick round-up of what everyone planned for today and making sure all the support they needed was available it was time to get on with writing their bids.  ...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 ...