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Lynne holds a PhD from the well-regarded design department of the Open University, UK. Titled 'Making rules, making tools: can shape grammar support creative making?’ Her research focuses on computational making, in particular how designer-makers use analogue and digital tools to generate creative outcomes, exploring the role of shape grammar to model and support these activities.

Link to thesis:



MacLachlan, L., Earl, C., Eckert, C., 2012. Creativity in craft led design: the Tools are the rules. In DS 73-1 Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity Volume 1. Available at: http://www.designsociety.org/publication/32487/creativity_in_craft_led_design_the_tools_are_the_rules [Accessed June 23, 2015].


MacLachlan, L., 2014. The Creative Craft of Generative Design, In: All Makers Now Conference Proceedings 2014, Falmouth, UK. Available at: http://www.autonomatic.org.uk/allmakersnow/all-makers-now-2014-journal/ [Accessed December 3, 2016]


MacLachlan, L and Jowers, I, 2014. Formalising flexible multi-material surfaces as weighted shapes. In: SA '14 SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 Creative Shape Modeling and Design, 3 Dec 2014, Shenzhen, China, ACM.


MacLachlan, L. & Jowers, I., 2016. Exploration of multi-material surfaces as weighted shapes. Graphical Models, 83, pp.28–36.