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

Understanding Design Interventions in Democratic Innovation: a Toolkit Approach

OutcomeJournal Paper

The relationship between society and design is in a period of transition. We are observing a move from the ‘object’ to ‘service’, and from problem solving, to problem finding, to design strategy. In this paper we explore how a ‘toolkit approach’ allows us to both contribute to democratic innovation...More information

Create Workshop

Event8 years, 11 months and 24 days ago
Create Workshop

26th of January 2010

In Create we explored the requirements and characteristics for creativity to grow and flourish.

Applying cutting edge research in creativity and design we determined that almost by definition that anyone involved in business will be creative and have the...Read full update

Connect Workshop

Event9 years ago
Connect Workshop

19th of January 2010

This workshop has looked at Social Networks and how value can be created through them by providing simple and hands-on tools to benefit from your contacts. Networks are, in fact, an important means through which companies can access knowledge and resources to...Read full update

Designing cultures: post-disciplinary Practices

OutcomeConference Paper

Adopting a cross-disciplinary approach influenced by a sociological perspective this paper assesses the implications of a post-disciplinary approach to design and how this is inflected in new cultures of design. This is supported by an examination of the role of design culture and the emergence of...More information

The Case for a Re-Evaluation of Deconstruction and Design: Against Derrida, Eisenman and their Choral Works

OutcomeJournal Paper

With the reaction to the death of Jacques Derrida receding, the time seems right to re-evaluate his impact on design and in particular to examine how the concept of deconstruction, propagated in his name and coming from his work building on the ideas of Martin Heidegger were misrepresented when...More information

Media Communication, Consumption and Use: the changing role of the designer

OutcomeConference Paper

Consumers are changing the way in which they create, experience and consume media. User Generated Content (UGC) marks a shift in the way in which ordinary people are now able to contribute to the creation of media. They have become active citizens in what is now a two way conversation. ...More information

My two weeks at ImaginationLancaster

 My two weeks at ImaginationLancaster

Two weeks flies by when you’re wading through a variety of literature on innovation, design, participation and every combination therein.

It’s been 4 years since I’ve had the opportunity to set aside some proper time and space to do some research in these areas and these days I have a...Read full update

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Funding Accelerator: Co-design for Health and Wealth bid writing workshops

Dates are now available for the bid writing workshops - a monthly series of events to co-design workshops alternating between Lancaster University and Blackburn.

These activities grew from a new collaboration between Lancaster University (ImaginationLancaster, FHM, FST) with Blackburn College...Read full update

New team tools co-designed with libraries

New team tools co-designed with libraries

Tool sharing with Cilip: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

The Leapfrog Team set off to Manchester Cilip 2017 to share tools and stories of collaboration, and the positive impact witnessed across Lancashire Libraries because of this work. Our...Read full update

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Co-Design Workshop

Can Leapfrog co-design tools with the governors at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to help them synthesize information and share it.

In late July, a group of governors from Lancashire Care Foundation Trust explored and documented their thoughts on how they engage with their members...Read full update

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Reporting on Patient Experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Leapfrog is working closely with Rebecca Addey, a Paediatric Patient Experience Officer at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and her colleagues as part of the Rigorous Stories project at Lancaster.

In a very productive and interesting workshop with Becci, we worked to understand and reflect on...Read full update

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Exploring Capturing & Translating Member Engagement with Lancashire Care Trust Governors

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust provides health and wellbeing services such as health visiting, sexual health, and dentistry across Lancashire at over more than 400 sites. They have over 9000 members who have joined because they want to have their voice heard in an organisation that matters to...Read full update

Funding Accelerator Events 2019

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank

After a very successful stage two launch event at the end of November we have taken the ideas and enthusiasm from the attendees and also others from stage one to create a series of workshops and events for the first half of 2019.  I will add the links to the Eventbrite listing as event details are finalised.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Updates Dec 2018

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank

It's been a busy two months since the project restarted, I've been spending the time catching up with our project partners as well as organising our launch event and planning next year's workshops.  As a result of our excellent launch event we have now got a series of events planned for the first half of 2019, the first one being held on the 22nd January at the Imagination Lab in the LICA Building.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator Launch Event

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator Launch Event

On Wednesday 28th November we held a launch event in Blackburn for the second stage of the HEIF funded Funding Accelerator project. We held the event in the Victorian Gallery at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, an open and inspiring space reminding us of all the innovative ideas which blossomed in the Victorian Age.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Why Be Involved?

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator: Why Be Involved?

The Funding Accelerator Co-design for health and wealth Funding Accelerator is a HEIF funded project led by Professor Leon Cruickshank from Lancaster University.  The aim is for public, private, and third sector organisations to create projects in collaboration with Lancaster University to not only further research but also provide tangible benefits for their local community. ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator: Take Up Space Success!

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank
Funding Accelerator: Take Up Space Success!

One of our project teams - Jenna Gardner Head of Design at Blackburn College with Rebecca Johnson Arts and Heritage Manager at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery - successfully bid for funding to look at developing derilct space next to the museum into an open, multi-purpose, community area.  ...Read full article

Funding Accelerator Stage Two Launch Event

Articleby Sharon Summers, Leon Cruickshank

After our short break things are moving again on the Funding Accelerator project. We've been in touch with the project partners from stage one and met up with many of them to discuss where they are on now and what support they need going forward. The feedback on the news of the continued funding has been great with everyone pleased that we are able to carry on supporting them.  Launch Event ...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 ...