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 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

Designing Company Interactions: Innovation In Knowledge Exchange

OutcomeConference Paper

The shift from industrial age large monolithic companies to a more flexible ‘post-fordist’ model has been well-documented in theory (Harvey 1989) in practice and policy makers (Sainsbury 2007, Denham 2008, Cox 2005). ...More information

LEAD Connect Workshop

Event8 years, 2 months and 6 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

The NET approach: Social Networking in Action and a Design Cognitive Tool

OutcomeConference Paper

Objectives: This paper addresses social network theory from the perspective of design research to propose a new conceptual approach to understanding and developing social networks. These ideas are embodied in a new strategic tool to help companies appreciate and proactively develop and exploit their...More information

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

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Dates are now available for the bid writing workshops - a monthly series of events to co-design workshops alternating between Lancaster University and Blackburn.

These activities grew from a new collaboration between Lancaster University (ImaginationLancaster, FHM, FST) with Blackburn College...Read full update

New team tools co-designed with libraries

New team tools co-designed with libraries

Tool sharing with Cilip: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

The Leapfrog Team set off to Manchester Cilip 2017 to share tools and stories of collaboration, and the positive impact witnessed across Lancashire Libraries because of this work. Our...Read full update

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Can Leapfrog co-design tools with the governors at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to help them synthesize information and share it.

In late July, a group of governors from Lancashire Care Foundation Trust explored and documented their thoughts on how they engage with their members...Read full update

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Leapfrog is working closely with Rebecca Addey, a Paediatric Patient Experience Officer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and her colleagues as part of the Rigorous Stories project at Lancaster.

In a very productive and interesting workshop with Becci, we worked to understand and reflect on...Read full update

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust provides health and wellbeing services such as health visiting, sexual health, and dentistry across Lancashire at over more than 400 sites. They have over 9000 members who have joined because they want to have their voice heard in an organisation that matters to...Read full update

Leapfrogging to Denmark

Event1 year, 4 months and 15 days ago
Leapfrogging to Denmark

8th of March 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seminar at Center for Codesign Research, CODE part of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design

Leon Cruickshank led a discussion and presentation of Leapfrog research at CODE recently. This group jointly...Read full update

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

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

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

Since January 2018 we have been working with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn University, and third sector organisations within the Blackburn area to create new and collaborative projects to submit for funding. We have held monthly workshops in both Blackburn and at Lancaster University to give people from these various backgrounds the opportunity to get together and generate ideas.  ...Read full article

Co-design for Health and Wealth: Masters in Design Management Project Workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank, Kiel Long
Co-design for Health and Wealth: Masters in Design Management Project Workshop

As part of their Masters program a group of design management students are doing an intensive 'module in a week' to take a project involving the sensors from idea to prototype. On Monday 19th February they travelled to Blackburn to meet a group of volunteer older residents of the area in order to learn more about their lives and motivations in order to understand their potential needs and incorporate them into their projects. Included in the...Read full article

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

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 ...