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

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

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

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

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

Co-Design Facemooc

Co-Design Facemooc

Over 5 weeks during November and December 2014 the PROUD team delivered ‘Facemooc’ an innovative, online course in co-design. The first of its kind to utilise Facebook as a platform for open online learning.

33 people signed up to participate in facemooc from across the globe including the...Read full update

Creative Facilitation in Research Workshop

Creative Facilitation in Research Workshop

Researchers and academics from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science attended a workshop on Creative Facilitation in Research on Monday 8th December. The workshop was designed and run by the IDEAS for Impact team, who shared some of their tools and techniques.

Chris May, FASS Associate Dean...Read full update

Come and work with us! Funded PhD in Social Media research

Come and work with us! Funded PhD in Social Media research

Imagination is looking for someone interested in exploiting the potential of social media to share information and promote collaboration as part of a new project called Leapfrog. This 3 year £1.25million AHRC project will explore how we can help more people be more creative and collaborative with a...Read full update

Evaluation of New Facilitation Tools

Evaluation of New Facilitation Tools

A downloadable tool to help facilitators document and evaluate the new tools they employ in workshops and other sessions.

We make lots on new tools (or approaches or structures) in Imagination and we are very keen to share these tools with others fro them to use. In return we are really...Read full update

The Koala Evaluation Tool – a new way of evaluating facilitated workshops

The Koala Evaluation Tool – a new way of evaluating facilitated workshops

Working with the Scottish Government's Creativity Team and drawing on the research of Imagination PhD student Dee Hennessey we are tackling the challenges of workshop evaluation. Try the free resources included in this post.

As engagement with citizens, participation and collaboration become...Read full update

Digital Tools at the AHRC 4-hubs Event

Digital Tools at the AHRC 4-hubs Event

Sharing and debating policy challenges for the AHRC, UK Universities and the UK Government using collaborative digital tools.

ImaginationLancaster played host to a conference for the 4 AHRC KE Hubs for the Creative Economy, bringing together researchers from Creative Works London, REACT, CX...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

Will.i.am and Knowledge Exchange Toolkits

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
Will.i.am and Knowledge Exchange Toolkits

New IDEAS is all about designing new KE toolkits (by this we mean creating processes that act as a foil to enable knowledge exchange between others when we are not present).  We think we have a pretty good handle on KE and exchange toolkits, having read many KE events and developed many more KE mechanisms. ...Read full article

Playing with the Proud Identity

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Playing with the Proud Identity

As the project continues, our design and branding agency, under the direction of the Capital D, our lead partners have instructed us to take the basic form of the PROUD logo and play with it. This is quite refreshing and also a neat way of sidestepping the endless quest for perfection from the 15 or so designers that are part of the Proud project team across the NW of Europe. Here are some of the different versions so far but I suspect time at...Read full article

Region27 Co-Design for Public Policy

Articleby Leon Cruickshank, Gemma Coupe
Region27 Co-Design for Public Policy

One of the great things about the PROUD project is meeting and working with really interesting and innovative people across Europe. Stephan Vincent fits squarely into this description. He leads the company Region 27 (http://la27eregion.fr) is based in Paris and is focused on working with the 26 regional governments in France (hence the name Region 27). ...Read full article

PROUD has first Pre-Meeting

Articleby Leon Cruickshank
PROUD has first Pre-Meeting

This is the first 'offical' picture of the PROUD partner team. Hosted by Brainport in Eindhoven this meeting bourght together partners from Falanders, Helsinki, Lancaster, Gremany, Luxemberg, France as well as the Netherlands.  ...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 ...