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.

 

Clusters

Projects

Indiedata

Enabling participation in a consumer facing fully open source product, and researching a mode of business that doesn't exploit user data.

Blockanomics

Blockanomics
Blockanomics is a system to promote playful political engagement between people and local democracy, in the shared digital space of a locally tailored minecraft world.

The Near Miss Project

The Near Miss Project
The Near Miss Project studied cycling incidents that don’t result in injuries, but may profoundly influence people’s experiences and behaviours.

Red Tales: A Participatory iDoc

Red Tales: A Participatory iDoc
An Interactive Documentary (iDoc) about red squirrel conservation in Northern England. Produced in collaboration with Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE), Wildscreen and members of the red squirrel conservation communities across Northern England.

Interglacial / Erratics

As part of the Pacitti Companies 2014 UNLOCKED programme, Prof. John Bowers and Tim Shaw were invited, as resident artists, to creatively respond to a number of artefacts from the natural history collection at Ipswich Museum.

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse
A Location Based Game that explores gameplay within a combined digital and physical public space.

Latest Activity

Co-designing musical instruments reveals insights on user participation.

5th Oct 2015
This was by far the most playful and animated workshop the team has run. Workshop participants co-designed in groups very unique musical soundboard filled with musical instruments made from scratch. The session finished with people playing music using their soundboard and singing!

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...

First project report now published

24th Sep 2015
Read our first project report here!   Thanks for the great response to the 2014 One Day Diary. Our first paper on its findings is published and there will be more papers and presentations. Creative Exchange and Blaze are supporting the project for a 2nd year, so we have been running a second...

Near Miss Project Launch Event

20th Sep 2015
We held our launch event on 7th September at Westminster University.  After introductions by Chris Boardman and others, and a short presentation and Q&A about the research, a packed room of stakeholders from a range of organisations discussed ways to tackle near misses. This will be written up into a second...

Join us on Sat 19 Sep to create a collaborative multimedia map of Lboro market

31st Aug 2015
MapYourMarket is part of Market Town, a series of new commissions and critical debate that sets out to re-imagine the future of Loughborough’s high streets led by Radar, LU Arts and Charnwood Arts, in partnership with Love Loughborough and Charnwood borough Council. The programme is supported using public funding by...