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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


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2017. Bakewell : Some Ideas, Bakewell Town Hall, 16/6/2017.

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

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

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.

Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., 2017. The Way We Live Now, Bakewell Town Hall, 24/2/2017.

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

The Reader

O'Neill, C. J., 2016. (Y)our Stories (solo), The Apple House Gallery, May 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.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. Bollington. Real : Imagined, Bollington Arts Centre, 22/5/2016.

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.

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.

McCullough, I., 2015. 30 Years of the Miniature Print, Museum TwentseWelle ,Enschede ,The Netherlands, November 2015 - January 2016.

Wheeldon-Wyatt, EM., 2015. Bridging the Gap., Manchester School of Art, 2015.

McCullough, I., 2015. Oriel Open, OWT Wrexham, September -December 2015.

Manning, M., 2015. Royal Mail 175 years anniversary - Pushing the envelope, Hereford College of Arts College Road Campus, Hereford, HR1 1EB 17th April - 1st May 2015 Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am -4.30pm Private View: Thursday 30th April, 7pm House of Illustration 2, Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH 6th May - 16th, May and June 2015.

Russell, A., 2015. Salon Indigo at Premiere Vision, Parc d'Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte, 10-12 February 2015.

Russell, A., 2015. Salon Indigo at Premiere Vision, Parc d'Expositions Paris Nord Villepinte, 15-17 September 2015.

Ridyard, S., Griffin, P.G., 2015. UWE / Moleskine Reportager Award 2015 (shortlisted), UWE (University of Western England), Bower Campus, Bristol, May 2015.

A Representation of Design Contrasts

McCullagh, J., 2015. Visual Information Design Association of Korea International Exhibition, Art Space Gallery of DaeWoong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (163-1, Samsungdong, Kangnamgu Seoul, Korea) International Design Congress, KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea, 1–5 June 15/17–23 Oct 15.


Egan, K., Dawes, B., 2017. ''Carefully Descending Everywhere'', PWC 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.

McCullough, I., 2017. 'The Great Belzoni', Portico Library.

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.

Egan, K., 2015. ''Breathe'', Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.


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


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2019. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

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

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.

Manning, M., 2015. ''Sun Bear'', Lanugo Press:.

Ridyard, S., 2015. 'Archisketcher', Apple Books UK.

Book Chapters

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

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'Oddments and Epigrams : The Neighbourhood Planning Agenda in Bollington.'. In Housing - A Critical Perspective.

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.

Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2017. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.'. In 10 EAAE-ARCC International Conference (EAAE-ARCC 2016), EAAE.

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.


Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'Reclaiming the Road: Public Realm Improvement Proposals for Bollington in Cheshire'.

Internet Publications

McNulty, S., Littlefield, D., Kuhn, L., Simpkins, N., Simmonds, R., Leveretto, J., Mitchell, B., O'Neill, M., Cottrell, C., Hamilton, O., Miller, A., Brown, R., Kallitsis, P., 2017. 'IE:Studio - Edges',

Jones, G., 2015. 'Books for Designers No.9', Books for Designers,

Brittain, D., 2015. 'Field theory in the Neoliberal Cultural Industries', Atiner Papers,

Journal Articles

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

Brook, R., 2017. 'Roger Booth, Lancashire County Architect, 1962-83.', The Journal of the Twentieth Century Society (C20), 13.

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

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, pp. 012017-012017.

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

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

Brook, R., 2015. 'Cold War Concrete: Engineering the Airwaves', The Modernist, 14, pp. 30-33.

Blakey, S., McFadyen, J., 2015. 'Curiosity over conformity: The Maker's Palette - a case for hands-on learning', Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14 (2), pp. 131-143.

McCullagh, J., 2015. 'Design Collaborations: The Good, the Bad, and the Unthinkable', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal--Annual Review, 8 (1), pp. 17-29.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Gate 81: Saving Preston Bus Station', IDEA Journal, 2014, pp. 80-95.

McCullagh, J., 2015. 'Introducing ALF', Learning and Teaching in Action, Volume 1/Issue 10 2015, 12–20.

Cocchiarella, F., Booth, P., 2015. 'Students as Producers: An 'X' Disciplinary Client-Based Approach to Collaborative Art, Design and Media Pedagogy', International Journal of Art & Design Education, 34 (3), pp. 326-335.

Brook, R. & Dodge, M., 2015. 'The Guardian Underground Telephone Exchange', Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society Transactions, Volume 108, 20-55.

Conference Papers

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

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.

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.

McCullough, I., 2017. 'The Sketch Book as a Wall'.

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

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements', AMPS, Derby, 22/6/2017 - 23/6/2017.

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.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2016. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.', EAAE ARCC, Lisbon, 14/6/2016 - 18/6/2016.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Adaptable interiors', 22/7/2015 - 24/7/2015.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'At Home In Work', Nomadic Interiors, Milan, 21/5/2015 - 22/5/2015.

Brittain, D., 2015. 'Field theory in the Neoliberal Cultural Industries', 6th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts,, Athens, 1/6/2015 - 4/6/2015, in

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Gate 81: Saving Preston Bus Station', 19/3/2015 - 21/3/2014, in 978-989-8734-02-0.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Sustainable Adaptation of the Existing Situation', World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation, Manchester, 2/9/2015 - 4/9/2015.


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

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'.

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

Brook, R., Dodge, M., 2015. 'Cold War Urbanism: Histories of strategic plans, secure structures and technocratic politics', International Conference of Historical Geographers, Royal Geographic Society.

McCullagh, J., 2015. 'Design and Communication: Unpredictable Encounters', World Design Congress: Eeum Design Connects, KDJ Convention Center, Gwangju, South Korea, 17-23 October 2015, in Eeum Design Connects and at, 113.

Grimshaw, D., 2015. 'Digital Making - A Future for Materiality in a Digital World', Guest Lecture to staff and students of Lincoln University, Lincoln University, April 2015.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Gate 81: Preston Bus Station'.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Landmarks of Memory: Reflections upon the Re-Use of Existing Buildings'.

Jones, G., 2015. 'Loose Collective', Lincoln University Guest Lecturer, Lincoln University, Wednesday 14th January, 2015.

Jones, G., 2015. 'Self Promotion', Nottingham Trent University guest lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, May 2015.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Subversive Research'.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Undoing Buildings: Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of the Existing Situation'.

Other Outputs

Adkins, L., Duffy, N., Aubrey, K., Kettle, A., Biggs, L., Williams, C., Bonnell, S., Royle, N., Bryne, E., McCullagh, J., Cooper, D., Raven, L., Dixon, S., Schoene, B., Evans, P., et al, 2017. 'Made in Translation'.

Stone, SH., Sanderson, LM., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : Symposium'.

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

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

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. 'Time and Context'.

Carden, S., 2015. 'Digital Textile Printing'.

Cocchiarella, F. Higgins, S, 2015. 'Mise en Scene', Collaborative project with the RNCM.

Jones, G., 2015. 'Modern Heraldry: Seals, Stamps, Crests & Shields', Featured designer.