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Professor. Educator, Illustrator, Writer
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Professor Lawrence Zeegen is an educator | illustrator | writer.
Lawrence Zeegen is Professor of Illustration at University of the Arts London and the Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses in communication design, illustration, interaction design and spatial design.
Zeegen has lectured at conferences and institutions and acted as a design education consultant nationally and internationally – across 20 countries at last count.
Having worked as a designer and illustrator since graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1989; Zeegen’s clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Zeegen was a regular contributing illustrator for The Guardian newspaper between 2005 and 2011.
Zeegen was a founding partner of London-based illustration studio Big Orange in 1989, was a founding director of Heart – one of the UK’s foremost contemporary illustration agencies and in 2006 launched AgencyRush, before departing to take a more active role in design education.
As a design writer, Zeegen has contributed to numerous publications including Creative Review, Eye, Grafik, MacFormat, Varoom and is a regular lead contributor to Computer Arts.
The author of five published books on the subject of illustration and a contributor to many more, Zeegen’s latest books; 50 Years of Contemporary Illustration (Laurence King) and Ladybird by Design (Penguin) will be published in 2014.
In 2011 Zeegen was appointed as Vice President to the Executive Board of Icograda - the International Council of Communication Design. And in 2012 Zeegen was appointed to the board of IDA - the International Design Alliance.
Where did you study?
Camberwell College of Arts / BA (Hons) Graphic Arts
Royal College of Art / MA Illustration
Please briefly summarise your career
Set up Big Orange in Hoxton in 1989
Set up Heart in Hoxton in 1992
Set up AgencyRush in 2006
Programme Director for Communication and Media Arts at University of Brighton 1998-2009
Head of the Design School Kingston University 2009-2011
Dean of the School of Design London College of Communication 2011-present
Freelance illustrator and design writer 1989-present
What makes a great idea?
Simple synergy of creative thinking and creative doing to communicate as simply as possible
Indicate your key areas of interest in the creative industries and how you want to support D&AD’s aims and ambitions.
Education, relationships between education and industry
What does D&AD mean to you?
Best practice across creative practice
Which piece of creative work do you wish you’d done and why?
Designed the Citroen DS, art directed The Face, created club visuals at the Wag Club, designed a single sleeve for the Clash, bought into It's Nice That when it was just a student project on the course I was running…
Who has inspired you most during your career?
Warhol, Jamie Reid, Charles Anderson.
What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
A cliché, but life without challenges would be a pretty dull life. But biggest challenges – finding ways of resolving visual ideas for the Guardian's Comment and Debate pages in a couple of hours from copy to artwork, and becoming a professor.
Recommend a book, a film and an artist that you think every creative should experience
Ways of Seeing / John Berger