Laura Wareing

Wareing
Past Staff Member
Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project, April 2012 to September 2017
Co-design, design for the public sector, tool design

Laura Wareing (Morris) is the Research Associate on the Leapfrog Project, where she leads the co-design of tools, which takes place in co-design workshops with different groups of people, including young people and public sector professionals.  Laura led the development of tools for young people and the Inspirer newspaper, which won a British Youth Council award for innovation.

Laura joined Imagination as a Graphic Designer for the New IDEAS project, a project that created innovative knowledge exchange toolkits, used independently by academic, creative industries and stakeholders.  Laura designed the Hexagon Cards, which have been widely used inside the university and across the world.

Laura’s creative background includes a degree in Industrial Design and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation, both from Northumbria University.  She also has varied commercial experience, including product design for a leading baby product brand, concept design for Philips Innovation and has built and marketed the brand for a new brewery. Laura has won an RSA Design Directions award for sustainable future concepts.

Particular interests for Laura include; co-design, design for the public sector, service design, branding, marketing and the role of design in business.

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Updates and Outcomes

Leapfrog Co-Designers See the Finished Tools for the First Time

Leapfrog Co-Designers See the Finished Tools for the First Time

In August, we ran a series of co-design workshops with a group of con­sul­ta­tion experts from the pub­lic sec­tor, referred to within the project as the ‘ser­vice deliv­er­ers’, who engage with young peo­ple in their work to inform things such as the...Read full update

New Leapfrog Tools Shared with Local Charities

New Leapfrog Tools Shared with Local Charities

This morn­ing Leapfrog Research Asso­ciate, Laura vis­ited a small group of char­ity vol­un­teers at their offices in Lan­caster to share with them infor­ma­tion about the Leapfrog project and four tools.

Three of the four tools, Every­body, The Right Ideas and Word Play have recently been...Read full update

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

A critical part of Leapfrog’s first major research project is the phase where we will facilitate a co-design process with young people aged 13-17. To prepare for this we met with Leapfrog Advisory Board member Emma Barrett. Emma leads Silk Innovation Lab, a small team based within Kent County...Read full update

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project for Leapfrog has been produced.

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project has been...Read full update

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Six open innovation platform case studies have been written for the OpTex project, which cover Fab Labs, Facemooc, LEGO Ideas, MIT Media Lab, .Net Gadgeteer and P&G Connect + Develop.

Innventia, a research and development company in Sweden are working towards an open innovation platform...Read full update

Open innovation: Working Together

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Laura Wareing
Open innovation: Working Together

As part of the Optex project with the Swedish research Institute Innventia Leon Cruickshank travelled to Stockholm to give a keynote presentation on the benefits (and perils) of Open Innovation. This presentation demonstrated how the academic literature on open innovation, democratized innovation and lead users can inform new product and service development. ...Read full article

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

Tips on Non Tokenistic Youth Engagement

A critical part of Leapfrog’s first major research project is the phase where we will facilitate a co-design process with young people aged 13-17. To prepare for this we met with Leapfrog Advisory Board member Emma Barrett. Emma leads Silk Innovation Lab, a small team based within Kent County...Read full update

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

Integrating Research into the Co-Design Process

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project for Leapfrog has been produced.

A Research Dimensions plan for the research that will take place throughout the Working with Young People major project has been...Read full update

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Open Innovation Platform Case Studies

Six open innovation platform case studies have been written for the OpTex project, which cover Fab Labs, Facemooc, LEGO Ideas, MIT Media Lab, .Net Gadgeteer and P&G Connect + Develop.

Innventia, a research and development company in Sweden are working towards an open innovation platform...Read full update

New TimeTape tool for Planning

New TimeTape tool for Planning

The TimeTape tools are rolls of paper tape printed with different divisions of time, including a working day and a working week to help groups plan activities and projects.

The tape material is similar to masking tape, which means it can be easily torn, stuck to any surface and when...Read full update

New tools available on the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

New tools available on the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox

The IDEAS for Impact project recently added two new free downloadable tools to the Collaboration and Impact Toolbox website.

The tools are the Superheroes and the Intro Cards, which have both been designed by IDEAS for Impact and put to use in many successful workshops, including workshops...Read full update

IDEAS for Impact Tools are part of Democratic Renewal in Scotland

IDEAS for Impact Tools are part of Democratic Renewal in Scotland

The IDEAS for Impact project developed and delivered a workshop on democratic renewal for the Scottish Government this month.

The team developed and delivered a three hour session called 'Making Space for Democracy' on the 11th of June in Edinburgh, which was part of the Scottish Goverment's...Read full update

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

Open innovation: Working Together

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Laura Wareing
Open innovation: Working Together

As part of the Optex project with the Swedish research Institute Innventia Leon Cruickshank travelled to Stockholm to give a keynote presentation on the benefits (and perils) of Open Innovation. This presentation demonstrated how the academic literature on open innovation, democratized innovation and lead users can inform new product and service development. ...Read full article

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

Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Roger Whitham, Laura Wareing
Helping early career academics undertake more impactful research

IDEAS for Impact ran a workshop to offer strategic and practical support for academics from across Lancaster University interested in developing more impactful research. ...Read full article

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 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

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

Key Projects

Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by designLeapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design Leapfrog: transforming public sector engagement by design The Leapfrog project will be a close collaboration with public sector and community partners to design and ...
IDEAS for ImpactIDEAS for Impact IDEAS for Impact A project to help Lancaster University academics undertake high impact, excellent research.
New IDEASNew IDEAS New IDEAS The aim of New IDEAS is to develop, refine and disseminate highly innovative knowledge exchange approaches ...
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
OpTexOpTex OpTex Open innovation for textile-like materials made on a paper machine.