We bring together pioneering companies and the best academic thinkers to explore the potential of something we are calling digital public space where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content.

Together we are creating new products, experiences and business opportunities which empower anyone, anywhere to access, explore and create with the newly accessible collections of media, public information and personal data trails which form the digital public space.



Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
12 Projects
22 Commercial Partners
29 Academic Researchers

Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.
8 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
18 Academic Researchers

Performance, Liveness and Participation

Exploring how digital prototypes can be used to offer new forms of participation in live events, broadcasts and in public spaces.
11 Projects
14 Commercial Partners
20 Academic Researchers

Rethinking Working Life

What opportunities does Digital Public Space afford for new working practices? 
5 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
12 Academic Researchers

Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.
6 Projects
10 Commercial Partners
11 Academic Researchers

Building Social Communities - Dynamic Structures for Growth

The lab under this cluster topic will focus on the following area: Designing the Digital Public Space - Dynamic Structures for Growth
4 Projects
3 Commercial Partners
7 Academic Researchers


Erith Park: Walk the Talk

Erith Park: Walk the Talk
Supporting residents of Orbit housing association in making their own digital walking tours featuring stories and anecdotes about everyday life in Erith Park/Larner Road.

App Movement

App Movement
Exploring new territory in digital public spaces and how the shift from public consultation in the development of services to public commissioning of services can be made tangible via a web platform.

Sound & Guts

Sound & Guts
Sounds & Guts was a performance research project conducted by Tess Denman-Cleaver, which explored how live performance shapes experiences of landscape.   

The Physical Social Network

The Physical Social Network
A prototype, which will explore past writing practices through a physical, interactive experience with a digital collection of Edwardian postcards.

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre
Exploring what an art centre can be when populated by and co-designed with/between the communities it serves.

Sound Spaces

Sound Spaces
Sound Spaces explores the potential of spatialised sound through public making

Latest Activity

Project Update: Exploring Improved Ways of Visualising Blood Test Results

23rd Oct 2015
Heather Hill (Renal Dietitian Lancashire Teaching Hospitals) and Jeremy Davenport (CX PhD) presented an overview of the CX project Exploring Improved Ways of Visualising Blood Rest Results and its prototype at the Annual General Meeting of the British Kidney Patients Association (North West region) on the 27th of September.     Following the...

Sound Spaces Exhibition reveals Liverpool's hidden spaces

18th Oct 2015
Exhibition at FACT Liverpool (19 - 23 October) uses unique photography and sound techniques to transport visitors to new realms - and in new ways. Sound Spaces transports visitors to some iconic and unusual Liverpool locations - without them moving a muscle. Release inhibitions - shout in the library, curse in...

From vinyl records to toys: the return of analogue products in our digital lives

5th Oct 2015
The resurgence of analogue shows us that although we live in a digital age we still place a lot of value on physical experiences. Therefore the comeback is not simply a nostalgia for the past, but instead a driving force of a post-digital era, where a new hybrid physical and...

V&A Keynote talk on Playful Design in Healthcare receives a lot of attention during the Sackler conference on Art, Design and New Technology for Health

5th Oct 2015
The keynote speech at the Sackler conference at the V&A museum (Friday 19th June 2015) presented the role of playful design in healthcare. It showcased how game thinking combined with design thinking can spark innovation and motivate people to take on healthier behaviours. It provided a list of recommendations on how to...

A playful workshop for ageing playfully with our senior co-designers enjoying themselves.

5th Oct 2015
In our first in a series of workshops the team used playful and creative ways to explore the range and type of activities enjoyed by all. This led to the co-creation of  a series of collages and moodboards of favourite past, present, indour and outdous activities. In our next workshop we...

The musical Bench featured by BBC Radio Lancashire during its exhibition at the Dementia Futures event

5th Oct 2015
A musical bench, developed by members of ImaginationLancaster, that allows older people to stretch whilst creating music, has been featured on Friday the 18th of September by BBC Radio Lancashire. The musical bench was exhibited at the Dementia Futures event organised by Lancaster University's Centre for Ageing Research at the Lancaster...