A designer and researcher specialising in the democratisation of design for sustainability and the empowerment of communities.

 

Biography

Originally from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland, Leanne graduated from The University of Dundee in 2016 with a BSc. (Hons) First Class degree in Product Design. She has worked with BBC Bitesize teaching Art and Design; with V&A Dundee delivering a program of sustainable co-design workshops; and has spoken on national media about her critical, anti-consumerist design work.

Leanne sees design not as a tool to be used by consumer society but as a way to spark criticism and debate through problem solving. She witnessed the potential for making to empower people first hand through her work with charity Skill Share Dundee and within The GalGael Trust Govan and has since used this as a basis for her work. In seeing making and design as a form of activism, we can encouraging people to take ownership of the problems around them and, through this, to take ownership of our collective future.

Awards

Dundee Plus Award – University of Dundee (2016)
Colour – Dundee University Sports’ Union (2016)
Shortlisted – Sheila Tennant Award (2015)
Shortlisted – SIE Young Innovators Challenge (2015 and 2016)
Shortlisted – KCA Creative Award (2014)
Class Rep of the Year – DJCAD (2014)
Full Blue Award – Dundee University Enterprise Gym (2013)
Armistead Bursary for Academic Excellence – DJCAD (2013)