The Creative Step Programme Graduate Design Sprint 2022 - REVISED DATES: 18-22 July

22 June 2022 by Ed

We've revised the dates for our next Graduate Design Sprint Programme. Calling young creatives! Just graduated or about to start your final year? Would you like be part of shaping the future of Lancashire? Are you keen to learn how to apply creative problem solving, design thinking tools, and techniques to apply to real life challenges now and in the future? If so then The Creative Step Design Sprint is for you!

The Creative Step Programme Graduate Design Sprint 2022 - REVISED DATES: 18-22 July

Creative Lancashire is inviting you to join a quick fire design sprint based on its renowned The Creative Step programme for students or recent graduates to further stretch and test thinking on making Lancashire a beacon for creativity.


The design sprint format is based on the tools and methods of Design Thinking, an approach to problem solving that is being adopted worldwide. As a part of its mission to make Lancashire the place for creativity we've set up a five day programme to explore how we can realise and sustain our ambition using these techniques. So we're seeking a small group of young creatives to participate in this intense and quick-fire programme; to go from taking on the challenge for Creative Lancashire to prototyping and testing potential solutions in just five days.

The programme is running one time only on the revised dates from Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July. 

To take part you'll need to be available for all five mornings (10.00am-12.30pm) as a minimum. Participants will also need be happy to do a little work between the each session to prepare for the following day.

If you are interested in working with a small and enthusiastic group of like minded creatives, are intrigued to learn about or develop design thinking practice and you care about Lancashire then this opportunity is for you.

The Creative Step Programme is delivered by Jonathan Ball (Designmine) & Catherine Docherty (Journey Creative).


It is FREE to participate in the Graduate Design Sprint subject to eligibility. However, places are limited. There is only room for 16 participants on the programme so if you can commit to the schedule and would like to find out more, we're recruiting now so if you would like to be considered for the programme cohort or would like further information please contact Jonathan Ball:

We will arrange a call to talk you though the programme in more detail.

Jonathan Ball is a Lancashire based independent designer who has built his career on using the practice of human-centred design to help organisations achieve new levels of innovation. After a successful career in product design, he now works independently through Designmine, in collaboration with colleagues at What Could Be and a global network of like-minded associates to deliver across a range of diverse projects, including the Creative Decision Making Playbook for BBC Digital and the Design Thinking Accelerator programme for V&A Dundee. He is a longstanding Design Associate for Design Council and was a part of the team that developed the Double Diamond and created the Design Opportunities Tool for their business support programme, Designing Demand. He is also a Certified Lead Instructor for LUMA Institute in Pittsburgh.

Catherine Docherty is the founder and Managing Director of Journey Associates. She draws on over 20 years experience as a researcher and consultant in academia, the public sector and commercial practice to help deliver organisational change. Catherine has worked with senior management in government, public and third sector, and industry, and has directed and successfully delivered a range of national and international projects and publications supporting strategic change and innovation, many of which are leading edge. Clients include the BBC, the British Council, Creative Scotland, Design Council, Glasgow School of Art, Grampian Police, Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, NESTA, the NHS, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Strathclyde Police, and Standard Life. At Glasgow School of Art, she set-up and directed the Design Innovation Studio, now part of the Institute of Design Innovation. 


At Creative Lancashire we want to make the county‚Äôs creative sector the fastest growing in the country by giving the next generation of creative businesses the tools to thrive in the future. Our aim is to build an internationally renowned creative community that is built on local talent. Creative Step, our bespoke development programme dedicated to the specific needs of the sector and founded on the understanding that the unique qualities and requirements of creative enterprises are not currently met by mainstream business initiatives.

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