Lawrence Zeegen is an educator | illustrator | writer.
As the Dean of Design, London College of Communication / University of the Arts London - Zeegen leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses in advertising design, communication design, illustration and visual media and typographic design. Previous posts include Head of Design School / Kingston University and Academic Programme Leader Communication Art and Design / University of Brighton
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 an illustrator since graduation with BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts (1st class) from Camberwell College of Arts in 1986 and MA Illustration from the Royal College of Art in 1989; Zeegen’s clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Zeegen has been a regular contributing illustrator for The Guardian newspaper since 2005.
Zeegen was a founding partner of London-based illustration studio Big Orange 21 years ago, 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, Grafik, MacFormat, The Journal and Varoom, Digital Creative Arts, Computer Arts and is a regular lead contributor to Computer Arts Projects.
The author of five published books on the subject of illustration since 2005 and a contributor to many more, Zeegen’s latest books, The Design Graduate’s Survival Manual (Laurence King), 50 Years of Contemporary Illustration (Laurence King) and The Fundamentals of Illustration 2nd Edition will be published in 2013.
In 2011 Zeegen was co-opted to the Executive Board of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA).