Lab Engagement: OpenLab and Northumbria School of Design

This leg of our lab engagement trips took us to Newcastle with visits to both the OpenLab interaction design research group at Newcastle University and Northumbria University’s School of Design.

Day 1

We began this visit with a unique opportunity to interview Jayne Wallace, Joyce Yee and Abigail Durrant, who, as well as having amazing research agendas of their own were central figures in the establishment of the Research through Design conference in 2013.

Day 2

On Day 2 we presented the vision for Design Research works to staff and students before travelling across the city to meet with several doctoral students and interview Mark Blythe at Northumbria University.

Day 3

On Day 3 we interviewed Abi and Caro about their incredible INTUIT project, exploring interaction design for Trust Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV as well as meeting with Simon Bowen to discuss the StoryWeb project (creating stories around climate change), and OpenLab’s new Creative Technologist Ben Morris about his role in the group as a practitioner.

Day 4

On our final day in Newcastle we attended an event celebrating the work of INTUIT in coordination with World AIDS day before concluding with the facilitation of our research workshop to explore the notion of a Design Research Network.

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.