From September 2022 to January 2023 we embarked upon a series of Lab Engagements. This video showcase above shows daily diaries of our visits to 11 different labs/studios/groups, in 6 different countries. The first video contains snippets from all the lab engagements, but if you scroll through the play list you can see each individual day’s video diary.

At each engagement we staged various activities:

Extract from lab engagement invitation

The insights, findings, and interviews from the lab engagements have found their way into Permission to Muck About, helped us conceive of the Design Research Observatory (a forthcoming web platform - watch this space!), and helped us make lots of new friends as well.

This is a ‘Behind the Scenes’ section from Permission to Muck About and shows the journey of the lab engagements.

Thanks to all involved!

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.