We are...

An open and exploratory design-led research centre at Lancaster University
We conduct applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions.
We work with a variety of organisations to provide fresh perspectives on real-world issues and facilitate innovation.
We offer Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD study opportunities. All our staff are active researchers with extensive expertise in teaching.


Design Futures through Design Fiction

Design Futures through Design Fiction

Research vsit to EINA, Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art de Barcelona.

Prof Paul Coulton was invited to give a workshop and lecture at EINA in Barcelona iabout his work on ‘Designing the Future’. The workshop and lecture concentrated on the speculative design practice of design fiction...Read full update

EurOMA Forum 2016, Lancaster

EurOMA Forum 2016, Lancaster

Stuart Walker will give a Keynote Talk April 11 2016, 09.30 – 10.30

Design for Life: creating meaning in a distracted world In this talk Stuart Walker considers the relationship between human values, our approaches to sustainability, and the importance of tradition and localization. He shows...Read full update



An exhibition of new work by Stuart Walker

April 16 - June 6 2016 ...Read full update

Mobile Utopia - Call for Artwork

Event13 days ago

19th of April 2016

This is an open call for proposals from artists on the theme of Mobile Utopia 1851-2051.

Mobile Utopia 1851-205􀏱1 seeks to develop a deeper understanding of mobile utopias (and dystopias), and to creatively analyse and explore these. Critically, ‘mobile...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

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 days 12 hours ago

RT @martyn_evans: Great to see Prof Stuart Walker on Twitter. He's a world leading expert on design for sustainability. Pls RT & follow him…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 4 days 7 hours ago

RT @_Design4Change: Journal paper on creative tools for producing realistic 3D facial expressions & animation published at IJCrC @Imaginati

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 6 days 12 hours ago

RT @ProfTriviality: Slides of my talk last week for @EINAbcn "Design Futures through Design Fiction" #designfiction #designfutures https://…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 1 week 7 hours ago

RT @_Design4Change: Paper on #designfictions 4 pervasive healthcare tech accepted @ ppmhealth @EAIchannel conference @ImaginationLanc @C4A

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 1 week 1 day ago

RT @EinaBcn: En plena xerrada de Paul Coulton @ProfTriviality @LancasterUni https://t.co/O5X1WuZAgt

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 1 week 6 days ago

RT @ProfTriviality: I will be speaking about Game Desing to create Speculative Futures as part of my talk at @EinaBcn on thursday https://…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 1 hour ago
Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 2 days ago

RT @FictionWare: Games as speculative futures #designfiction #speculativedesign #criticalplay #rhetoric https://t.co/OGUkLZL5o5

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 3 days ago

RT @RachelFDCooper: One of our final reports for the research community https://t.co/0yLOVgdoKW

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 4 days ago

RT @ProfTriviality: Final version of our @drs2016uk paper on 'Games as Speculative Design' available for download https://t.co/CQofVzqljI

Recently Updated

FictionWareFictionWare FictionWare For all your future Design Fiction needs!
Mobile UtopiaMobile Utopia Mobile Utopia Co-creation research project to creatively analyse and explore alternative futures.
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 ...
What if? Design Fictions for SocietyWhat if? Design Fictions for Society What if? Design Fictions for Society Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.
Design Fiction: The MovieDesign Fiction: The Movie Design Fiction: The Movie EPSRC Project Highlighting Imagination Research in Design Fiction
Lancaster China Catalyst ProgrammeLancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster China Catalyst Programme Lancaster University is embarking on a new initiative to leverage its global reach for the benefit of UK ...
Creative ExchangeCreative Exchange Creative Exchange Creating New Contexts for Growth in the Experience Economy
Ageing PlayfullyAgeing Playfully Ageing Playfully Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.
Liveable CitiesLiveable Cities Liveable Cities Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing