Lab Engagement Series

Facilitating exchanges, contributions, community building, and sharing with Design Research labs around the world

Podcast: Design Fiction and the Generalist

Appearing the Near Future Laboratory Podcast with Julian Bleecker

Communicating the Value of Design Research

A Conversation session hosted at the Design Research Society's 2022 conference in Bilbao

Podcast: Can AI be Ethical?

Appearing on the Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub's Podcast series discussing AI and ethics

Seeing With Sound... Presentation at DiGRA

DiGRA presentation on 'Seeing with sound'

Play at Work: Design Research Society Conference Presentation

Paper documenting our experince of using and creating Gather Town to create shared spaces

More-than-Human: A creative fuel, or short-term fad for design?

Panel discussion at Design Research Society's 2022 conference in Bilbao

'Seeing with sound' Lancaster University's VC's Prize for Participatory Research

In December 2021 we were awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Participatory Research for a project exploring audio-only games with blind and partially sighted gamers.

The Interview Box

This paper is about 'The Interview Box'. Back in late 2020 we were optimistic that the pandemic was over. We thought we could travel and conduct interviews. We were wrong, so we built the Interview Box. This is a paper about what we learned.

Fixing the Future: The Right to Repair + Equal-IoT

New £1.2m project engaging with technology and the right to repair

MozFest and the Ethical Dilemma Cafe

We had several projects at Mozilla's Ethical Dilemma Cafe in Manchester this year.

Work, Talk, or Play... Presentation at CHI

Workshop paper and talk exploring what embodiment means for humans participating in shared virtual spaces

Trust me? I'm an autonomous machine

Pump-Priming project in association with the EPSRC Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub

The Ultimate Measure of Success for Speculative Design (or Design Research, period) is to Disappear Completely

In this article we argue that once we don't have to explain the value of Design Research approaches like Speclative Design, then the project will have succeeded

Design Research and Ambiguity

A paper published at the European Academy of Design Conference based on interviews with several leading design researchers that argues the field is inherently ambiguous

Machine Learning vs Digital Portraits: A Design Researchers Perspective

In this research pictorial apply a Design Research lens to the topic of material interactions between machine learning and digital portraiture

Telling the tales of Design Research

In this 1 day workshop developed for the PETRAS Cybersecurity hub, I introduce the art and science of documenting Design Research.

What is an AI's view of the Design Research landscape?

Twitter bot that responds with views about the world of Design Research.

Making Design Research Funny at Bright Club

Trying my hand at stand up comedy? Whatever could go wrong! (Contains lots of bad language, so watch with discretion)

The Revolution Will (Sort of) Be Televised

In this Design Informatics Webinar Joe and Dave discuss the high levels if Design Research Works.

What is Research through Documentary?

In this invited talk, I discussed my experiences as a researcher and documentary-maker in various professional and research contexts.

QuBr: A community-based interactive documentary about Design Research

QuBr ('Question Bridge') is a novel approach to understanding current issues relating to the Design Research community inspired by a documentary film

Room For Improvement in Video Conferencing 'Space'

A paper published at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference disucussing the future of video conferencing

An Experimental Murmuration at Uroborus Festival

Where to start with this? A crazy paper, rejected by reviewers, has second life at Czech design festival via Gather Town? I think that about covers it.

The World's First Paper That is Not a Paper

This contribution to the ever-popular alternative track at the Human Factors in Computing Conference (alt.CHI) offers a novel lens on what the future of conferences could be.

Uncanny AI: How to Spot a Mutant Algorithm

A paper and interactive event at the Economic and Social Research Councils Festival of Social Science