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Jon Spruce FHEA

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Product Design

Jon lectures in product design at mmu with interests in human centred approaches to design innovation, the design process, and the visualisation of design ideas. Trained as an Industrial Designer Jon has commercial experience in the design and manufacture of products and furniture within the UK and globally.

As an academic, Jon is an internationally published researcher, with work focusing on how design education may be developed through increased dialogue between academics, the design industry, users of design services and consumers of design. Projects include leading multidisciplinary teams, engaging external organisations and stakeholder groups to connect design research, innovation, and teaching.

Jon has extensive experience in leading undergraduate design programmes and is an experienced course examiner, advising on curriculum development at institutions both nationally and internationally.

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The images below highlight recent student work and Jon's research projects.

Research

Jon Spruce is a member of the Design Research Hub.

Exhibitions

Spruce, J., Duckett, R., 2016. Writing on the Wall Festival 2016 'Time Machine' installation, Liverpool City Centre locations, 2/5/2016 - 30/6/2016.

George Garrett Archive Exhibition Construction

Spruce, J., Buckley, C., 2015. George Garrett Archive Exhibition, Liverpool Central Library, 2/5/2015.

Human Evolution Gallery World Map

, 2012. Liverpool World Museum, Human Evolution Gallery.

Journal Articles

Collaborative Spatial Design Projects

Spruce, J., 2021. 'Reflections on a Project-based Approach to Work-related Learning in Spatial Design', The International Journal of Design Education, 15 (1), pp. 101-117.

Spruce, J., Evans, M., 2020. 'Transforming Learning Through User-Centered Design Research Methods', American Journal of Art and Design, 5 (2), pp. 50-50.

Where Does Design Thinking Leave Design?

Spruce, J., Kiernan, L., Douglas, M., Ryan, A., 2020. 'Where Does Design Thinking Leave Design? Snapshots of a conversation with the design community', Iterations: Design Research & Practice Review, 8.

Conference Papers

Roberts, E., Spruce, J., 2019. ''In-Progress Reporting: Development of China's Creative Economy Through Participatory Design Research in Post-Industrial Regeneration'', International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019 (IASDR 2019), Manchester, UK, 2/9/2019 - 5/9/2019, in https://iasdr2019.org.

Spruce, J., Kiernan, L., Douglas, M., 2019. 'Design Thinking 2.0: examining perceptions & current practices in Design Thinking towards the development of an innovation framework', IASDR 2019, Manchester, UK, 2/9/2019 - 5/9/2019, in https://iasdr2019.org.

Spruce, J., douglas, M., kiernan, L., ryan, AM., 2018. 'HAVE WE REACHED PEAK DESIGN THINKING? Are we entering a new paradigm for how it is used within practice and business?', Design Research Society Conference 2018, Design As A Catalyst For Change, Limerick, Ireland, 25/6/2018 - 28/6/2018, in http://www.drs2018limerick.org/participation/proceedings.

Spruce, J., Evans, M., 2013. 'Supplying the demand: Aligning product design curricula and the professional practice of design', Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Design Education - Growing our Future, Dublin, Ireland, 5/9/2013 - 6/9/2013, in Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education - Growing Our Future, EPDE 2013, pp. 660-665.

Spruce, J., 2012. 'DEVELOPING THE DESIGN CURRICULUM', IE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012, london, 28/3/2012 - 29/3/2012.

Spruce, J., Evans, M., 2012. 'Supplying The Demand (Conference Presentation)', in International Journal of Art & Design Education.

Spruce, J., evans, M., 2012. 'Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living: Industry expectations of junior designers', EPDE 2012 Conference in Antwerp on 6 -7 September, antwerp, 6/9/2012 - 7/9/2012.

Spruce, J., 2011. 'An integrated approach to developing higher graduate skills in design education', INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION, london, 8/9/2011 - 9/9/2011, in DS 69: Proceedings of E and PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, pp. 373-378.

Spruce, J., 2011. 'An integrated approach to developing higher graduate skills in design education', LJMU LEARNING & TEACHING CONFERENCE 2011, liverpool, 14/6/2011 - 15/6/2011.

Spruce, J., Evans, M., 2011. 'The legacy of design: What contribution does a degree make to your future design career?', INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION, london, 8/9/2011 - 9/9/2011, in DS 69: Proceedings of E and PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, pp. 385-390.

Spruce, J., 2010. 'Developing integrated approaches towards higher graduate skills in design education', The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference (ISSOTL), Liverpool, UK, 19/10/2010 - 22/10/2010, in no.

Spruce, J., Dunlop, D., 2010. 'Developing the design curriculum: A case study of student centred professional framework modules', Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, 2/9/2010 - 3/9/2010, in DS 62: Proceedings of E and PDE 2010, the 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - When Design Education and Design Research Meet, 1 (1), pp. 72-76.

Spruce, J., evans, M., 2009. 'Knowledge Networks: Collaboration between industry and academia in design', D2B2: International Design Management Symposium, Tsinghua, China, 24/4/2009 - 26/4/2009, in yes, 1 (1), pp. 427-435.

Evans, M., Spruce, J., 2008. 'Life after the party: Student experiences and graduate expectations', Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, 4/9/2008 - 5/9/2008, in DS 46: Proceedings of E and PDE 2008, the 10th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 2, pp. 761-766.

Spruce, J., 2007. 'Examining the role of the studio environment within design education', Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Shaping the Future, Newcastle, UK, 13/9/2007 - 14/9/2007, in DS 43: Proceedings of E and PDE 2007, the 9th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, pp. 331-336.

Spruce, J., Wilkie, T., 2007. 'Implementation and delivery of PDP within a practice based curriculum', Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Shaping the Future, Newcastle, UK, 13/9/2007 - 14/9/2007, in DS 43: Proceedings of E and PDE 2007, the 9th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, pp. 57-62.

Spruce, J., Evans, M., 2005. 'Knowledge Networks: Collaboration between industry & academia in design', Engineering & Product Design Education Conference, Crossing Design Boundaries, Edinburgh, 7/9/2005 - 10/9/2005.

Presentations

Celebrating Stan Cullis & Joe Mercer PFA supported community project

Gandy, RJ., Spruce, J., 2018. 'Celebrating Stan & Joe: Wellbeing benefits of celebrating heroes through Art'.

Other Outputs

Spruce, J., Guo, F., Roberts, E., 2012. 'Arts & Humanities Research Council Project: Development of China's Creative Economy Through Participatory Design Research in Post-Industrial Regeneration.'.

, 2012. 'Immersive Experiences'.