Gemma Coupe

Coupe
Design Manager, Leapfrog
g [dot] coupe1 [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

As Design Manager for Leapfrog I build relationships with partners to identify opportunities for innovative co-design projects that aim to transform their consultation processes. I work closely with our partners at the Glasgow School of Art and undertake regular working trips to the Highlands.

Before joining ImaginationLancaster I was with Creative Lancashire for over 5 years, Lancashire’s business led support service for creative businesses. During this we delivered Blaze an ambitious 3 year youth led Cultural Olympiad project where young people took the lead in decision making. Seeing the impact this had on their confidence and skills I realised that developing innovative user led approaches to the design of projects or services was where were my interests lay.

In 2012 I became Design Manager for the PROUD project at ImaginationLancaster. The tools and approaches we developed through PROUD to make public consultations more effective and creative transformed the council’s approach to consultation and engagement. This became the starting point for the development of Leapfrog.

Updates and Outcomes

Beyond the Castle brings the park to Market Square

Event5 years and 16 days ago
Beyond the Castle brings the park to Market Square

4th of August 2012, Market Square, Lancaster

It was at 9.20am on Saturday 4th August that we knew this co-design event was really going to work. The model of the open spaces beyond the castle had been erected before the market traders had set up and there it all was, with its pink...Read full update

Proud and Future Morecambe

Proud and Future Morecambe

A new approach to open to all citizen-led innovation, a hectic Saturday morning in Morecambe

In a joint activity with Proud and Future Morecambe, an initiative championed by Prof. Chris May, (Associate Dean: Enterprise - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) we ran an event in the Platform in...Read full update

Beyond the Castle Seeks Volunteers. Volunteer information and development session on Weds 25th July.

Beyond the Castle Seeks Volunteers. Volunteer information and development session on Weds 25th July.

The Beyond the Castle project wants to make a quality public space fromthe area around Lancaster’s historic castle, down the hill, over the meadowsto the quayside, and the first step invites everyone to imagine and designthe possibilities. Everyone can participate in Beyond the Castle, and...Read full update

City Park Strategic Workshop

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
City Park Strategic Workshop

Dee Hennessy facilitated this workshop as part of her activites on the Proud project. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the contrasting, overlapping strategic goals of policy makers and opinion shapers in Lancaster for areas such as transport, culture and heritage, environment and community engagement and how the City Park project could advance the strategic aims of the sectors to make a positive contribution to the economic, cultural...Read full article

Beyond the Castle

Beyond the Castle

The new design team for the City Park co-design challenge came together for the first time this week and renamed the co-design project to 'Beyond the Castle'.

Together for two days their brief was to develop an innovative programme of events and activities to support the co-design of creative...Read full update

PROUD – Urban Culture in Helsinki

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
PROUD – Urban Culture in Helsinki

Our regular Proud project meetings led us recently to Helsinki (World Design Capital). Helsinki is always a great place to be, but with the world Design Capital preparations and the large CUMULUS conference, it was especially vibrant. One of the activates laid on for us by the City Council (our Proud partner hosts) was a series of themed visits across the city. One of the highlights of this was a tour of activities looking at Urban...Read full article

PROUD launches at ImaginationLab on the 8th May

Event5 years, 3 months and 14 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

PROUD seeks Designers and Creatives

PROUD seeks Designers and Creatives

Lancaster University is seeking to procure a pool of designers to work closely with the PROUD project team to develop innovative co-design interventions to address local co-design challenges, broadly looking at place, product and service design.

We are looking for individuals / agencies with...Read full update

Proud Master Classes Taking shape

Proud Master Classes Taking shape

The Master Class work package that Lancaster are leading as part of the Proud project took a big step forward recently with structures, techniques and topics fixed at a meeting in Eindhoven hosted by Capital D with Designregion Kortrijk from Belgium also in attendance.

We will be delivering 3...Read full update

PROUD Local Design Challenges

PROUD Local Design Challenges

The PROUD project aims to demonstrate the value of user-led co-design processes by responding to three design challenges to create new products, processes or spaces. With a number of local challenges to choose from, the team felt it was important to define clear challenge selection criteria;...Read full update

PROUD Project Meeting in Paris

PROUD Project Meeting in Paris

The newly appointed Design Managers for Lancaster University and The Storey Creative Industries Centre presented the concept for the Lancaster Design Innovation Hub to partners from across North West Europe.

The ‘Two Locations: One Centre’ concept aims to facilitate the flow of ideas and...Read full update

The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing, Hayley Alter, Gemma Coupe
The first ‘Ting’, democratic engagement and the danger of benevolent paternalism

Tings were tribal gatherings in ancient Scandinavia and Scotland where tribes came together and facilitated by the chief discussed the key issues of the day. This notion of coming together and engaging as a group is being resurrected by a team exploring new forms of democratic renewal in the Scottish Government. ...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

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

PROUD partners in Lancaster and the design of meetings

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe, Laura Wareing
PROUD partners in Lancaster and the design of meetings

One of the joys of academia is that you get to collaborate with great people that you really like. This is certianly the case with the PROUD project. The flip side of this is that you offten meet up with these great people in meetings, endless meetings. For big EU funded projects like PROUD these can take over 2 days and after that much time with 15 people or so sat around a table its pretty easy to loose the will to live. ...Read full article

PROUD 'Beyond the Castle' Interactive Co-Design Exhibition Launch

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
PROUD 'Beyond the Castle' Interactive Co-Design Exhibition Launch

The PROUD project ‘Beyond the Castle’ had the opening of its interactive co-design exhibition on 15th November in the Storey Creative industries Centre. This marks a key point in the development of the project where all stakeholders come together and respond creatively to the ideas generated so far and really start to co-design. To set the scene for this we had presentations form Julian Inman, Senior Planner (Regeneration) and almost more...Read full article

You can find a list of Gemma Coupe'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 ...
Working With GroupsWorking With Groups Working With Groups The PROUD project are running series of events throughout 2014 designed to share experience and effective ...