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

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

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

Tracking Inspiration at the V&A

Tracking Inspiration at the V&A

Following the 'Fostering Creativity' workshop for the V&A Museum, IDEAS for Impact has produced a tool for tracking the team's inspiration.

At the end of February, the IDEAS for Impact team ran a workshop for the Schools, Families and Young People team at the Victoria and Albert Museum in...Read full update

We are Recruiting: Collaborative Web App Developer

We are Recruiting: Collaborative Web App Developer

ImaginationLancaster is seeking a talented programmer to develop collaborative digital tools

Over the past half decade ImaginationLancaster has developed and deployed a range of digital tools for collocated collaborative activities. Mixing interaction design, visualisation and facilitation,...Read full update

Helping Early Career Academics Write Bids

Helping Early Career Academics Write Bids

IDEAS for Impact Contributes to OED's Proposal Writing Day.

IDEAS for Impact have contributed to a second of OED's training workshops aimed at early career academics hoping to improve their bid writing skills.  Three successful academics; Rob Young from physics, Gavin Bremner...Read full update

Fostering Creativity Workshop at the V&A

Fostering Creativity Workshop at the V&A

Sarah Campbell, Head of Schools, Families and Young People at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London describes the workshop designed and delivered by the IDEAS for Impact project.

The Schools, Families and Young People’s team in the Learning Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum...Read full update

Workshop at the V&A Museum

Workshop at the V&A Museum

The IDEAS for Impact team are busy preparing for an exciting workshop at the V&A museum in London on the 24th of February.

The IDEAS for Impact team are working on a workshop for staff in the Learning Department at the V&A museum.  The Learning Department staff have a very busy...Read full update

PROUD Zoners Re-Visited

PROUD Zoners Re-Visited

After using the zoners in their original form at a few public events, Helen Ryan, Public Realm Development Manager from Lancaster City Council found that some extra features would be useful.

The Zoners were co-designed with Helen Ryan last year as a creative consultation toolkit that she...Read full update

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

Maximising Impact of EPSRC: Workshop for 60 academic and industry participants

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Maximising Impact of EPSRC: Workshop for 60 academic and industry participants

The first EPSRC funded Impact Acceleration Account day took place on May 8th in the event space at LICA. The event was designed to encourage collaborations that will bring to life and increase the impact of research and encourage the development of a series of robust and fundable collaborative proposals. To assist in this IAA has secured the services of Dee Hennesy, a skilled facilitator and PhD student in Imagination to assist in the delivery of...Read full article

Calling All Masters Of Co-Design a 'reverse masterclass' in Eindhoven

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Calling All Masters Of Co-Design a 'reverse masterclass' in Eindhoven

Facilitating masterclasses in co-design has always provided us with a bit of a headache. The notion of a master (or more interesting mistress) in co-design sets up a hierarchy just when we want to break them down. This was especially true when we were invited to run a masterclass for more experienced co-designers. Our response was the event “Calling All Co-Design Masters”. This event was all about sharing best and worst practice. In particular we...Read full article

Co-Design Master class

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Co-Design Master class

On 19th March 2013 we joined our excellent partners in Capital D in Eindhoven to run a master class on co-design. This was aimed at design participants thet were new to co-design. We had a fantastic mix of young products designers, service designers as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders. In this session we explored 8 fundamental factors that designers need to think about and in some cases be challenged by, these are  - Agree how the...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 ...