Dr Martyn Evans

Evans
Past Staff Member
Head of Department: Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, August 2007 to August 2015
Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development

Martyn is Head of Department of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. His research interests explore the strategic approaches designers use to consider the future, in particular the ability of designers to envision potential social, cultural, technological and economic futures. As a trained product designer, his research activities centre on design futures, trends and forecasting on which he has presented widely.

He is currently a lead investigator for Design For Europe which will develop the European Design Innovation Platform over 3 years and aims to accelerate design-driven innovation in order to boost innovation, growth and job creation across the EU. He is also Principal Investigator for the AHRC funded (£768k) Design Routes which explores the role of design in developing and revitalising culturally significant designs, products and practices in conjunction with Leeds University.

Martyn was also co-investigator upon Design 2020, an AHRC funded project looking at potential futures for the UK design industry. He has secured and supervised a number of government-funded knowledge transfer initiatives within the area of design and new product development. With extensive experience of leading undergraduate and postgraduate design curricula, Martyn is external examiner at a number of UK institutions and have acted as an academic advisor for curriculum development both nationally and internationally.

Updates and Outcomes

Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

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Sustainable North, University of Manchester – 30 October 2013

30th of October 2013, The Biospheric Foundation, Irwell House, Philip St, Salford M3 7LE

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its third workshop in Manchester

The future of the North lies in its capacity to imagine, develop and enact economic, social,...Read full update

Design Policy Issues No2

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Design  Policy Issues No2

In this number the partners at Lancaster University describe the Taxonomy of Design Policy, and the Macro Design Indicators. The booklet elaborates on the concept of indicators created to measure the effectiveness of design in innovation policies, and it concludes with an interesting interview to...More information

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Induction Day for the new cohort of MA Design Management students.

Imagination welcomed the new MA Design Management cohort today, introducing them to the University and in particular the design management postgraduate course. As part of the Induction session, the students took part in the...Read full update

DeEP returns to London for the 5th Consortium meeting – September 2013

DeEP returns to London for the 5th Consortium meeting – September 2013

The Work Foundation welcomes back the DeEP Consortium

The Big Innovation Centre at the Work Foundation recently hosted the 5th DeEP Project Meeting – the penultimate gathering of the project consortium.  Chaired by Ben Reid from the Work Foundation, with European Design Leadership Board...Read full update

Digital North, University of Sheffield - 19 September 2013

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Digital North, University of Sheffield - 19 September 2013

19th of September 2013, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

N8 'New Thinking from the North' network holds its second workshop in Sheffield

The Sheffield workshop focussed on the digital and the aim of this workshop was to explore the rich and varied...Read full update

Vacancy: Design Visualiser

Vacancy: Design Visualiser

ImaginationLancaster are looking for a Design Visualiser to join our team! Closing date: 8 September 2013.

Applications are invited for a talented individual to the post of Design Visualiser. You will be responsible for the communication of our research activities across a range of...Read full update

DeEP Taxonomy Workshop

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DeEP Taxonomy Workshop

6th of November 2012, Imagination Lab, Lancaster University

Intensive workshop withThe Work Foundation and ImaginationLancaster lays groundwork for DeEP Design Innovation Policy taxonomy

Project participants from The Work Foundation (Big Innovation Centre) travelled up to...Read full update

DeEP into social media

DeEP into social media

The DeEP project has launched itself onto social media

The DeEP project now has a presence upon social media. The project has recently set up both a Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can follow regular updates on the DeEP project on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/eudesignpolicy and on...Read full update

DeEP Consortium meeting - Mälardalen University, Sweden, October 2012

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DeEP Consortium meeting - Mälardalen University, Sweden, October 2012

1st of October 2012, Mälardalen University & Munktell Science Park, Sweden

DeEP Consortium members debate the European design innovation policy eco-system at intense 2-day workshop

The DeEP Consortium recently met for an intense 2-day workshop in Mälardalen University, Sweden....Read full update

Design Innovation Policy Workshop: Public Support for Design Innovation in the UK

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Design Innovation Policy Workshop: Public Support for Design Innovation in the UK

5th of September 2012, The Work Foundation, London

DeEP host a high-level design innovation policy workshop in London attended by key UK stakeholders.

ImaginationLancaster in collaboration with The Big Innovation Centre at The Work Foundation help a workshop which explored...Read full update

Imagination Lab 2013

Imagination Lab 2013

Develop a strategy to use design to break a world record!

As a practice-based intensive deep-dive experience, this year’s Imagination Lab has set a major challenge for students. The focus of this year’s challenge is to ‘develop a strategy to use design to break a world record’. Initially this...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster consults with the Arts

ImaginationLancaster consults with the Arts

Workshop explores concept of Lancaster Arts City

On 17th January 2012, 28 participants gathered at the Storey Creative Industries Institute in Lancaster for a one-day workshop devised, operated and facilitated by ImaginationLancaster. The purpose of the workshop was to generate ideas and...Read full update

Watch Out Design, Europe is Coming

Articleby Martyn Evans

Delivered as part of the Harnessing Creativity: Creative Economy Seminar held at The Dock, Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland on Friday 27 March 2015. ...Read full article

NEW Lecturer post in Data Prototyping and Visualisation

Articleby Paul Coulton, Martyn Evans

As part of Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary Lectureships Scheme to appointment of 50 early career academics we are seeking candidates for a new lectureship in Data Prototyping and Visualisation. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Martyn Evans's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

Design For EuropeDesign For Europe Design For Europe Design For Europe aims to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe.
Design RoutesDesign Routes Design Routes Envisioning the future of culturally significant designs, products and practices
Lancaster China Catalyst ProgrammeLancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster University is embarking on a new initiative to leverage its global reach for the benefit of UK ...
DeEP: Design in European PolicyDeEP: Design in European Policy DeEP: Design in European Policy Evaluating and Sharing Design Innovation Policies for European Growth
Mapping Design Innovation EcosystemsMapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Mapping Design Innovation Ecosystems Creating a blueprint for to map and analyse their design innovation ecosystems
N8: New Thinking from the NorthN8: New Thinking from the North N8: New Thinking from the North Stimulating reinvention and influencing economic growth across the North
Design2020Design2020 Design2020 The UK design industry in 2020
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
MA Design ManagementMA Design Management MA Design Management MA Design Management provides a vibrant and design rich environment for design and associated graduates to ...