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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.


Engaging With Design, a Confessional

Engaging With Design, a Confessional

We were invited to deliver a workshop hosted by the Creativity Team within the Scottish Government, who are responsible for organisational development, leadership and learning. The workshop aimed to explore the value design can bring to public sector activities.

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Survey on Design for Service Innovation and Development

Survey on Design for Service Innovation and Development

DeSID is a 6-months research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, investigating the role of Design for Service Innovation and Development in the UK and internationally.

Together with six in-depth UK Service Design case studies, Lancaster University and University of the...Read full update

Wicked Persuasion: A Designerly Approach

OutcomeConference Paper

Persuasive computing has tended to be applied toward the promotion of minor behavior change in the direction of easily understood and uncontroversial goals. Such approaches may not make sense, however, when designing for so called ‘wicked problems’. We argue that while wicked...More information

Creative Lounge Peep Board Tool

Creative Lounge Peep Board Tool

IDEAS for Impact offer support and help design tools for a CX event.

IDEAS for Impact have been offering projects across the university support in their collaborative research activities.  The Creative Exchange were one of the first projects to receive this support for the planning and...Read full update

Playfulness is Ageless!

Playfulness is Ageless!

Watch our video of people interacting with the Xylophone in the park

We gathered a number of interesting points and lessons from the brief pilot testing of the interactive Xylophone in the park on the 28th of June. Firstly it was evident that playfulness in ageless. It was great to see people...Read full update

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RT @futurecitiescat: 32,000 enterprises in UK already working on urban innovation & market set to grow. New report http://t.co/EdukBX3ggA #…

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@CloudMinder @MysticMobile got to say best decision I could have made :)

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RT @_Design4Change: Playfulness is ageless! Fun ways of keeping active.. http://t.co/0zzPtIEsyd @catalystproj @Games4HealthUK @fightingstro

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RT @MysticMobile: As part of the organising committee why not consider a submission to Academic Mindtrek :) https://t.co/rCfxtZy0LZ

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Isn't that @MysticMobile RT @marklochrie: This video could be awesome at @yard_coffee filming @trade_barter http://t.co/kQkrLqGrIM

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Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 2 days ago

Vice-chancellors voice frustrations with policies: http://t.co/GTUn6cpNsW

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 2 weeks 6 days ago

RT @_Design4Change: Ageing playfully: want to find out more? Come to the event on 'Caring for our Oldest Populations' in Lancaster Town Hal…

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RT @_Design4Change: Interactive Xylophone-people having great fun with it @ the event http://t.co/Jq8hDjCxhv @catalystproj @this__side http…

Tweet@ImaginationLanc, 3 weeks 4 days ago

Active Parks: Take a sneak peak at the interactive xylophone we'll demo in the park tomorrow http://t.co/GhVWMKaQUC http://t.co/nXFLmPLZ6v

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