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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.


Architectural Modelmaking - Second Edition

Architectural Modelmaking - Second Edition

Models can be extraordinarily versatile objects, enabling designers to express thoughts creatively. Architects make models as a means of exploring and presenting the conception and development of ideas in three dimensions. Throughout history, different types of models have been used extensively to...More information

A Theoretical Framework for Studying Service Design Practices: First steps to a mature field

OutcomeConference Paper

Drawing on literature from three main perspectives on service, design and innovation - Perspectives on Service Innovation (Service Innovation and New Service Development studies), Perspectives on Service (Service Science and Service Research frameworks on services), and Perspectives on Design...More information

What did people make of the interactive xylophone concept?

What did people make of the interactive xylophone concept?

Watch a video of people's thoughts and feedback

During the interactive xylophone pilot testing, in late August, we asked people their thoughts on the concept and its potential value as well as how it can be improved. The video below summarises several of the responses received on the day with...Read full update

A video of the journey of Active Parks

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
A video of the journey of Active Parks

The Active Parks project has been exploring how to engage older park users in taking casual physical activity through playful interactions. Working together with the Friends of Ryelands Park, Lancaster City Council and NHS Lancashire Public Health, the project has already seen the co-designing of a digital health trail, which offers a new way of encouraging local people to benefit from taking casual physical activity in their local park. ...Read full article

First completed ‘energy use calendars’ back from the field

First completed ‘energy use calendars’ back from the field

Initial thoughts and themes emerging

Following the deployment of the  ‘energy use calendar’ in the field, we have started to receive the completed ones back from the households participating in the study. It has been most encouraging to see that the ‘energy use calendars’ have been...Read full update

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​Four designs that could change the world | Analysis http://t.co/2qadAsMMId via @Design_Week

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An East London company breathing new life into letterpress typography: http://t.co/a8hMDFmpLp

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Charles Leadbetter in Lancaster Uni. Synergize conference. A warm up for imaginations Proud and CX projects http://t.co/sbDRITpouv

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New paper on Discourses of Mobility http://t.co/4bnGS995hh via @johnurry

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How we got Glasgow playing in the streets again http://t.co/3l4QETB1un via @designcouncil

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Looks like the UK has some way to go! PhD gender gaps around the world http://t.co/r0wmvbKsZN

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OpenIDEO - Announcing our Youth Employment Challenge Winning Ideas http://t.co/it05anQnr0

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