Siân Cook is a graphic designer and a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication.
Siân has more than 25 years’ experience of teaching in Higher Education, specialising in social design, ethical issues, public messaging, campaigning and audience engagement.
Her career began in design for the music industry (Peter Saville, Me Company). Since 1994, she has run no.star as her design practice, with clients including The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Lux Centre for Film, Video and Digital Arts, Sigma Research and MeSH Consortium.
Siân has volunteered within the HIV/AIDS sector for over 20 years, and her main research interest lies in archiving, examining and disseminating HIV/AIDS UK health promotion campaigns and graphic ephemera. She is on the Board of the gay men’s health charity GMFA, and is a volunteer designer with the National AIDS Trust.
Siân is Co-Director/Founder with Teal Triggs of the Women’s Design and Research Unit (WD+RU), which promotes women working in design and facilitating socially inclusive projects. Since 1994, they have delivered presentations and workshops at international design venues (e.g. Profile Intermedia Conference, Bremen; AIGA National Design Conference, Washington; and the Declarations Conference, Concordia University, Montreal); contributed to numerous magazine articles; and staged events such as The Memory Cloth, an exploration of cultural identity in craft and design.
Siân has an MA in Graphic Design and BSL level 1. She is an RSA Fellow; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; signatory of the First Things First 2000 Manifesto; an experienced External Examiner; and Member of the Design Action Research Hub (DARH).