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

One-to-one interviews with health professionals

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank

With increasing austerity measures and an ageing population, the healthcare sector is continually seeking ways to reduce cost and improve service and care delivery for older adults. With internet connected devices becoming increasingly accessible and affordable, sensor technologies in individual’s homes to assist and improve healthy living is revealing its face as the next step in the future of healthcare. ...Read full article

One-to-one interviews and co-design workshops with persons aged 50+ living in single occupancy homes

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank
One-to-one interviews and co-design workshops with persons aged 50+ living in single occupancy homes

While still relatively new, “smart” internet connected healthcare technologies have seen significant development and effort, seeking to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve service delivery. These devices are characterised as physical objects of some sensing capability connected to a network; integrating physical world information into digital systems. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - A Bid Writer's Experience

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - A Bid Writer's Experience

One of our bid writers, Jane Moodie from Active Lancashire, sent us this to add to our blog.  When myself and Tamasin were first informed of the project our first thoughts were 'will we be out of our depth', 'will the others be really knowledgeable on writing funding bids'. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Putting the FUN into Funding Bidding for project funding can seem a lot of hard work (and it is) however there is no reason you can’t have some fun while you’re doing it.  The HEIF funded Funding Accelerator program aimed to make creating ideas and developing them into funding bids an enjoyable process that brought together people from various organisations and different backgrounds in order to collaborate on co-design projects to benefit...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

See here for Day One. Despite discussions around projects (and football) lasting til midnight all were bright-eyed and ready for more work early the next morning. After a quick round-up of what everyone planned for today and making sure all the support they needed was available it was time to get on with writing their bids.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Since January 2018 we have been working with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn University, and third sector organisations within the Blackburn area to create new and collaborative projects to submit for funding. We have held monthly workshops in both Blackburn and at Lancaster University to give people from these various backgrounds the opportunity to get together and generate ideas.  ...Read full article

Leapfrogging to Denmark

Event1 year, 9 months and 3 days ago
Leapfrogging to Denmark

8th of March 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seminar at Center for Codesign Research, CODE part of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design

Leon Cruickshank led a discussion and presentation of Leapfrog research at CODE recently. This group jointly...Read full update

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

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Sharing Tools to Engage Young People with over 50 Engagement Professionals

Leapfrog held a large, interactive tool sharing event at Lancaster University to close the Major Project 'Working with Young People' and share the tools that have been co-designed since it began in August 2015.

During the Leapfrog Major Project, 'Working with Young People' we have worked...Read full update

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

Leapfrog Summer School, 4 - 8th July 2016 | Call for Participation

The Leapfrog Team invite Early Career Researchers (ECR) from across the Arts and Humanities to participate in a Summer School from the 4th­– 8th­ July 2016 at The Institute of Design Innovation’s Highland Studio in Forres – a beautiful town in the North of Scotland.

Sharing co-design methods...Read full update

One-to-one interviews and co-design workshops with persons aged 50+ living in single occupancy homes

Articleby Kiel Long, Leon Cruickshank
One-to-one interviews and co-design workshops with persons aged 50+ living in single occupancy homes

While still relatively new, “smart” internet connected healthcare technologies have seen significant development and effort, seeking to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve service delivery. These devices are characterised as physical objects of some sensing capability connected to a network; integrating physical world information into digital systems. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - A Bid Writer's Experience

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - A Bid Writer's Experience

One of our bid writers, Jane Moodie from Active Lancashire, sent us this to add to our blog.  When myself and Tamasin were first informed of the project our first thoughts were 'will we be out of our depth', 'will the others be really knowledgeable on writing funding bids'. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Sharon Summers
Funding Accelerator - A Retrospective

Putting the FUN into Funding Bidding for project funding can seem a lot of hard work (and it is) however there is no reason you can’t have some fun while you’re doing it.  The HEIF funded Funding Accelerator program aimed to make creating ideas and developing them into funding bids an enjoyable process that brought together people from various organisations and different backgrounds in order to collaborate on co-design projects to benefit...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day Two

See here for Day One. Despite discussions around projects (and football) lasting til midnight all were bright-eyed and ready for more work early the next morning. After a quick round-up of what everyone planned for today and making sure all the support they needed was available it was time to get on with writing their bids.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator - Bid Writing Retreat: Day One

Since January 2018 we have been working with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn University, and third sector organisations within the Blackburn area to create new and collaborative projects to submit for funding. We have held monthly workshops in both Blackburn and at Lancaster University to give people from these various backgrounds the opportunity to get together and generate ideas.  ...Read full article

Co-design for Health and Wealth: Masters in Design Management Project Workshop

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank, Kiel Long
Co-design for Health and Wealth: Masters in Design Management Project Workshop

As part of their Masters program a group of design management students are doing an intensive 'module in a week' to take a project involving the sensors from idea to prototype. On Monday 19th February they travelled to Blackburn to meet a group of volunteer older residents of the area in order to learn more about their lives and motivations in order to understand their potential needs and incorporate them into their projects. Included in 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 ...