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

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

New tools for engaging with young people

New tools for engaging with young people

An event to share tools to overcome the universal challenges of consulting or engaging with young people.

To conclude Leapfrog’s first major research project, Leapfrog at Lancaster University invites you to a highly interactive event from noon - 4pm on Thursday 25th February 2016 at...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

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

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

Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

Articleby David Hands, Noor Aldoy, Leon Cruickshank, Nick Dunn, Emmanuel Tsekleves
Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

The Fusion team, delivered another successful and highly enjoyable Design Jam at the Work Foundation last Wednesday. ...Read full article

Maximising Impact of EPSRC: Workshop for 60 academic and industry participants

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Maximising Impact of EPSRC: Workshop for 60 academic and industry participants

The first EPSRC funded Impact Acceleration Account day took place on May 8th in the event space at LICA. The event was designed to encourage collaborations that will bring to life and increase the impact of research and encourage the development of a series of robust and fundable collaborative proposals. To assist in this IAA has secured the services of Dee Hennesy, a skilled facilitator and PhD student in Imagination to assist in the delivery of...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

Designing Knowledge Exchange - Lecture and Workshop in Dundee

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Designing Knowledge Exchange - Lecture and Workshop in Dundee

With Imaginations leadership of one of the AHRC Knowledge exchange hubs (ours is called the Creative Exchange) one of the advantages of being involved in this is the connections made with other institutions both within the hubs and beyond. A case in point was a recent invitation to lecture and give a workshop with the good folks at DJCAD (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design). ...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 ...