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Design Research Group

The Design Research group encourages and supports both new and established researchers who are exploring the theories, histories and practices of a diverse range of design activities. It encourages collaboration and consists of academics, researchers and practitioners drawn from spatial, environmental, graphic, fashion, media, two and three-dimensional art and design disciplines. Key themes and interests are environments, type, narrative, digital, objects and the language of design.

Researchers in this centre are engaged in exploring all of the diverse range of the practices, theories, histories, and languages of design. The aims of the centre are to examine the role of design, in its diversity of forms, and to recognize, evaluate and profile its significance. The objectives of the centre are to disseminate designs past, present and future, through the production of a range of works and through many mediums. Our researchers are engaged in the production of objects, books, exhibitions, papers, and many other research initiatives and projects. The centre encourages interaction between subject areas, academic and practice-led projects, and institutional collaboration. It is an intersection between researchers and practitioners, academics and teachers, and a hub for positive exchange and creative production.


Exhibitions & Publications


Brook, R., 2018. Drawing the Modern: The work of Gordon Hodkinson and post-war architectural education in Manchester, Special Collections Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, 10/9/2018 - 5/4/2019.

Beecroft, M., 2017. BBC Digital Cities- Digital Fashion event, Harvey Nichols Manchester, 15/11/2017.

Hicks-Jenkins, C., 2017. Imaginary Landscapes, The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, 21/10/2017.

Beecroft, M., 2017. Intersections: collaborations in Textile Design Research, Loughborough University London, 13/9/2017.

McCannon, D., 2017. Made in Translation, Portico Library Manchester, 27/4/2017.

Beecroft, M., 2017. Serendipity Studio ( part of Clerkenwell Design Week), The Goldsmith Centre London, 23/5/2017.

Beecroft, M., 2017. TCT show, NEC Birmingham, 25/9/2017.

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O'Neill, C., 2016. (Y)Our Stories, The Apple House Gallery, Guldagergård, Denmark, 5/5/2016.

Morris, C., Cahill, C., Edwards, P., Clarke, P., Zeeng, A., 2016. Ancient Waters: Trans-disciplinary Space, Red Gallery, 157 St. Georges Rd., Fitzroy, Victoria Australia, 21/9/2016 - 8/10/2016.

McCullough, I., 2016. Cheltenham Illustration Awards, Wilson Gallery Cheltenham, October 2015.

Grimshaw, DV., 2016. Crafts Council - Make:shift conference 2016, Manchester Museum of Science & Industry, 10/11/2016.

Cahill, CB., 2016. Drawing The Wake: Reading Finnegans Wake Through Drawing, Special Collections Gallery, Sir Kenneth Green Library, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityU, 5/12/2016.

Beecroft, M., 2016. Fashion is a Force for Good, The Great Hall, Sackville Street Building The University of Manchester 60 Sackville Street M1 3WE Manchester, 12th October 2016.

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Manning, M., 2016. In aid of UNICEF - Drawings and Prints, Etienne Gallery, July and September 2016.

Brook, R., 2016. Making Post-War Manchester: Visions of an Unmade City, Manchester Technology Centre, 3/6/2016 - 24/6/2016.

Beecroft, M., 2016. Significance at the Knit and Stitch show, Harrogate, 24th-27th November.


McCullagh, J., 2016. South Korea: Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018, Touring exhibition to Taebaek, Yeongwol, Pyeongchang, and Jeongseon, 19/8/2016, 5/09/2016, 28/09/2016, 14/10/2016.

Walker, J., Murphy, L., Hitchen, JM., 2016. Unity - Progress - Strength, Beswick Library, 4/6/2016.


McCannon, DR., 2018. 'Illustration for 'The Clearing'',

McCannon, DR., 2018. 'Illustration for 'The Clearing'', UK.

McCannon, DR., 2018. 'Illustration for 'The Clearing'',

McCullough, I., 2018. 'The Great Belzoni', Portico Library.

Egan, K., Dawes, B., 2017. ''Carefully Descending Everywhere'', PWC Frontier Data Lab, London.

McCullagh, JF., 2017. 'Made in Translation', Portico Library, Manchester.

Jones, GA., 2017. 'Piano Wire', Manchester.

Jones, GA., 2017. 'Society of the Spectacles', Manchester.

Jones, A., 2016. 'Flight', Manchester School of Art.

Grimshaw, DV., 2016. 'Multi-elliptical bowl 2016', Manchester.

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Wheeldon-Wyatt, L., 2016. 'RHS Flower Show', Art School Allotment, Tatton Park, Cheshire, 2013.

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Wheeldon-Wyatt, L., 2016. 'RHS Flower Show', High Tea & Plates, Tatton Park, Cheshire, 2014.

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Wheeldon-Wyatt, L., 2016. 'RHS Flower Show', Old-fashioned deckchairs, Tatton Park, Cheshire, 2015.


Pomona Encounters: Beauty SpotPomona's Beauty Spots

Cocchiarella, F. Hayward, E., 2016. 'Pomona Encounters - Pomona's Beauty Spots', Pomona Island, 26th July 2016.


Stone, SH., 2018. 'Buildings and Cultural Memory', Routledge.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Cwmbran (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society, Manchester.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Hulme (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Hyde Park (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Peterlee (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Runcorn (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Skelmersdale (From the Archives)', The Modernist Society.

Colle, N., Latham, M., Ames, S., Friend-Kessler, B., Leroy, M., 2017. 'Book Practices and Textual Itineraries 5: Illustration and Intermedial Avenues', PUN - Editions Universitaires De Lorraine.

Hitchen, JM., Thorp, J., Marshall, E., 2017. 'Decades', The Modernist Society.

Brook, R., 2017. 'Manchester Modern', The Modernist Society.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'Re-Readings: the Principles of Interior Architecture and the Re-use of Existing Buildings, Volume 2', RIBA Enterprises.

Stone, S., Brooker, GJ., 2016. 'Form and Structure in Interior Architecture Edition 2', Bloomsbury.

Cocchiarella, F. Haley, D. Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona', Gaia Project.

Griffin, P., 2016. 'Manchester Sketchbook', Mancunian Books.

Book Chapters

Brook, R., 2018. 'Belgrade'. In Rhead, E., Hale, J. (eds.) Adventures in the Land of Modernism, pp. 78-90, The Modernist Society.

Brittain, D., 2017. 'Citizens' photojournalism: History's New First Draft'. In Companion to Photography, Blackwell.

Pomona Encounters

Cocchiarella, FN., Vargas, V., Titterington, S., Hayley, D., 2017. 'Research informed sustainable development through art and design pedagogic practices'. In Leal Filho, W. (eds.) Implementing sustainability in the curriculum of universities : approaches, methods and projects, pp. 207-221, Springer, Cham.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Dance of Dead Things'. In Conservation/Adaptation: Keeping Alive The Spirit Of The Place Adaptive Reuse Of Heritage with Symbolic Value, European Association for Architectural Education.

Carden, S., 2016. 'Alex Russell'. In Susan Carden (eds.) Digital Textile Printing, London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Gate 81'. In Modern Futures.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Mainstream Modern'. In Neate, H., Craggs, R. (eds.) Modern Futures, Uniformbooks.

Internet Publications

McNulty, S., Littlefield, D., 2017. 'IE:Studio - Edges',

Journal Articles

Brook, R., 2018. 'Roger Booth, Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83.', The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society (C20), 13, pp. 130-145.

McCannon, DR., 2018. 'The time-travelling antiquarian: Illustrated tourist guides to North Wales from Pennant to Piper', Journal of Illustration, 5 (1), pp. 39-59.

McCannon, DR., 2017. 'A History of Everyday Things in England: Illustrators of mid-twentieth-century social history books', Journal of Illustration, 4 (1).

Blakey, S., Mitchell, L., 2017. 'Unfolding: A multisensorial dialogue in 'material time'', Studies in Material Thinking, 17.

Twigger Holroyd, A., Cassidy, T., Evans, M., Walker, S., 2017. 'Wrestling with Tradition: Revitalizing the Orkney Chair and Other Culturally Significant Crafts', Design and Culture, 9 (3), pp. 283-299.

Beecroft, M., 2016. '3D printing of weft knitted textile based structures by selective laser sintering of nylon powder', IOP Conference Series : Materials Science and Engineering, 137.

Niedderer, K., Ludden, G., Clune, S., Lockton, D., Mackrill, J., Morris, A., Cain, R., Gardiner, E., Evans, M., Gutteridge, R., Hekkert, P., 2016. 'Design for Behaviour Change as a Driver for Sustainable Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation in the Private and Public Sectors', International Journal of Design, 10 (2), pp. 67-85.

Evans, M., Chisholm, J., 2016. 'Design for Europe: Employing Scenarios to Benchmark the Effectiveness of European Design Policy', The Design Journal, 19 (2), pp. 253-268.

Cahill, C., 2016. 'Finnegans Wake: Readings through drawing', Journal of Illustration, 3 (1), pp. 57-83.

O'Neill, CJ., 2016. 'Matching Process to Design', Ceramics monthly, February 2016.

McCannon, DR., 2016. 'The jobbing artist as ethnographer: Documenting 'lore'.', The Journal of Illustration, 3 (1), pp. 107-128.

Gancho, S., Cooper, R., Evans, M., 2016. 'The Value and Importance of Design When Branding for Social Media: Models for a Framework Analysis', Journal of Design, Business & Society, 2 (1), pp. 95-115.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Brook, R., 2018. 'Parts of a whole. Peter Womersley - the elements and unity of the Nuffield Transplantation Surgery Unit.', The Modernist, 26, pp. 42-47.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Concrete Junglists', The Modernist, 20, pp. 18-21.

Conference Papers

McNulty, SA., 2018. 'Dr Pink's House', The Constructed Environment, Detriot, 24/5/2018 - 25/5/2018.

Brook, R., 2018. 'Infrastructure as object and producer', SHU Space & Place conference - Investigating Infrastructure, Sheffield Hallam University, 13/6/2018 - 13/6/2018.


Cocchiarella, F., Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N., 2018. 'Para-design: The role of design practice in interpreting paranormal phenomena', 9/7/2018 - 10/7/2018, in FRIHSC.

McCullough, I., 2018. 'The Sketch Book as a Wall'.

Grimshaw, DV., 2017. '"Learning from Music" - Opportunities for creative craft knowledge to translate the idealised perfection of the virtual, into the expressive materiality of reality.'.

Grimshaw, DV., 2017. 'Crafting the Digital: Developing expression and materiality within digital design and manufacture', Design for Next 12th EAD Conference, Sapienza University of Rome, 12/4/2017 - 14/4/2017.

McNulty, SA., 2017. 'Hospitable Homes', AMPS - Architecture, Media, Policy, Society, Bristol.

Grimshaw, DV., Boydell, S., 2017. 'Object Lessons: what is the value of engaging with the physical object within design research and education, evaluated through the application of the "Material & Process Innovation Collection", at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.', International Association of Societies of Design Research, University of Cincinnati, 31/10/2017 - 3/11/2017.

Brook, R., 2017. 'Regionality: agency and authorship in architecture. The story of the National Computing Centre - White Heat, False Logic.', SAHGB Annual Symposium 2017 Beyond 'By': Towards an inclusive architectural history, London School of Economics, 3/6/2017 - 3/6/2017.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Task of the Translator', Creative Cities, Porto, Portugal, 24/1/2017 - 27/1/2017.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Roger Booth, Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83', Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 2016 Annual Symposium, The Official Architect; missing chapters in the history of the profession, RIBA, Portland Place, London, 21/5/2016 - 21/5/2016.


Brook, R., 2017. 'Drawing the Modern: A viewing of the student work of Gordon Hodkinson', MMU Special Collections.

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O'Neill, C. J., 2017. 'The Reader', Ceramic Values Congress, British Ceramics Biennial at Spode, Stoke-On-Trent, 5-6 Oct 2017.

Ridyard, SM., 2017. 'Urban Sketching: Drawing the City a presentation', 70 Oxford Road, Manchester.

Brook, R., Dunn, N., 2017. 'Warp & Weft: Infrastructural Architecture and Volumetric Urbanism', The Chimney House, Kelham Island, Sheffield.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Adaptation and Reuse.'.

O'Neill, C. J., 2016. 'Collaborative Value', SAAG conference, Manchester School of Art, 27 March 2014.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Context and Environment'.

Creative Education in the Making

McCullagh, J., 2016. 'Creative Education in the Making', Creative Education in the Making, Ravensbourne university, 07/09/16.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Grand Plans: Campus, Precinct and Parkland', Historical Geographies of Higher Education in Greater Manchester, Manchester Meeting Place, North Campus, University of Manchester, 9 November 2016.

Cahill, C., 2016. 'Headwaters: reading drawing Finnegans Wake', Literary Illustration Between Texts and Paintings, Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, 13th February 2014.

Beecroft, M., 2016. 'Interlooped:3D Printed Textiles', MakeShift (The Crafts Council), Museum of Science and Industry, 10-11 November 2016.

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Grimshaw, D., 2016. 'Make:Shift - Crafts Council Conference', Manchester Museum of Science & Industry.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Roger Booth. Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83.', Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Annual Symposium, RIBA, Portland Place, London, 21 May 2016.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Sustainable Adaptation'.

Ridyard, SM., 2016. 'Urban Sketching: Mapping the City', National Football Museum.

Brook, R., 2016. 'Visions of the Unmade City', Building Design Partnership, Ducie Street, Manchester.

Other Outputs

Cocchiarella, FN., Haley, D., Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona'.

Opiso City: Design Lab

Cocchiarella, F. Wehmeyer van den Boom, J., 2016. 'Pomona Island Design Lab', Design Lab Project.