Archiving the QuBr Project

This page represents the archiving and closing of the QuBr project. Although it is archived, all the content is still accessible, so please do visit it, but it is no longer interactive. Thanks for all your contributions!

As well as the main archive we created an alternative way of viewing all the data that QuBr collected, access it over here.

QuBr (short for Question Bridge) was an open-ended discussion about Design Research. We originally launched QuBr as part of the Design Research Society’s Festival of Emergence and it was a development of our Interview Box project.

It was inspired by the interactive documentary project, Question Bridge, which pioneered the idea of sourcing questions from a community and posing those questions to others in the community as a way of exploring that community’s shared identity. QuBr has both been a research and engagement tool. It has allowed us to plot the breadth and depth of concerns and issues relevant to practicing Design Researchers and has fed into lots of other projects, notably Permission to Muck About.

We also ran a live action version of it as a Conversation at the DRS 2022 conference around the theme of Communicating the Value of Design Research.

Update 2024 QuBr gets an honourable mention in one of the ‘Behind the Scenes’ sections of Permission to Muck About:

Written by

Dr Joseph Lindley

Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.