Co-Design: Fundamental Issues and Guidelines for Designers: Beyond the Castle Case Study

Abstract

In this paper we describe a high profile project to reimagine a large green space in the heart of the city of Lancaster in the UK. This co-design project involved professional designers, but also 2500 people with 700 of these making an active co-design contribution. This project forms the basis of a discussion of how we used a series of events to help participants reach their full creative co-design potential.

From this case study we go on to develop a framework of recommendations to help designers reflect on their normal practice and how they need to operate within a co-design project. These recommendations seek to maximise the benefits of this approach and produce good design outcomes. This framework has been evaluated in a series of international workshops in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Citation

Cruickshank, Coupe and Hennesy (2013), Co-Design: Fundamental Issues and Guidelines for Designers: Beyond the Castle Case Study, Swedish Design Research Journal no 2, 2013. page 48-57.
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Design Research Journal

Publication Date

16th of December 2013

Authors

CruickshankCruickshank Leon Cruickshank Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
CoupeCoupe Gemma Coupe Design Manager, Leapfrog
Dee Hennessey Dee Hennessey

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