Lawrence Zeegen is an educator | illustrator | writer.
As the Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in advertising, communication and product design, architecture and interiors and fashion design. As the Professor of Illustration Lawrence leads on academic development, research and practice in illustration across the college.
Lawrence has presented at conferences, institutions and design events nationally and internationally that include Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. Lawrence has acted as consultant and external examiner for numerous academic institutions in the UK as well as in China, Indonesia, Greece, Serbia, Singapore and Russia. His expertise covers academic course documentation, specifically in the fields of graphic design, illustration, photography and interactive media.
Having worked as an illustrator since graduation with 1st Class Honours in Graphic Arts from Camberwell College of Arts in 1986 and MA Illustration from the Royal College of Art in 1989, Lawrence's clients have included major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Lawrence worked as a regular fortnightly contributing illustrator for the Comment and Debate pages of The Guardian Newspaper for over 5 years.
Lawrence was a founding partner of illustration studio: Big Orange based in Hoxton, London still operational twenty years after it first launched. In the early 1990s Zeegen, as founding partner and director, launched Heart - and remains one of the UK's foremost contemporary illustration agencies. In 2006 Lawrence launched ZeegenRush, as founding partner and director, before departing to take a more active role in design education.
As a design writer, Lawrence has contributed to numerous magazines and publications including Creative Review, Grafik, MacFormat, Digital Creative Arts, Computer Arts and is a regular lead contributor to Computer Arts Projects. The author of six published books on the subject of illustration - Digital Illustration: A Master Class in Creative Image-Making (Rotovision 2005), The Fundamentals of Illustration (AVA 2005), Secrets of Digital Illustration: A Master Class in Commercial Image-Making (Rotovision 2007), What is Illustration? (Rotovision 2009) and Complete Digital Illustration (Rotovision 2010) and The Fundamentals of Illustration 2nd Edition AVA 2005), His latest books, Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King) and Ladybird by Design (Penguin Books) were published in 2014 and 2015.
In 2011 Lawrence was appointed Vice President of the International Council of Design (ico-D, formerly ICOGRADA) as the only UK member of an entirely international board, and in 2012 became a board member of the International Design Alliance (IDA). In 2013 Lawrence became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a member of the Board of Trustees for British Design and Art Direction (D&AD) and was again appointed to position as Vice President of ico-D. In 2014 Lawrence joined the Design Council's Sounding Board and in 2015 joined the Board of Trustees of the De La Warr Pavilion.