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Siân Cook

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design
London College of Communication
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Siân is a graphic designer with more than 30 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). She has run as her design practice since 1994, with clients including The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Lux Centre for Film, Video and Digital Arts, Sigma Research, Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Siân has volunteered within the HIV/AIDS sector for over 25 years, and her main research interest lies in archiving, examining and disseminating HIV/AIDS UK health promotion campaigns and graphic ephemera. She has been on the Board of GMFA (the gay men’s health charity) 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
  • Staged events such as The Memory Cloth, an exploration of cultural identity in craft and design.

WD+RU’s typeface, Pussy Galore (1994), was acquired by The Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre de Création Industrielle, Paris as part of their elles@centrepompidou exhibition 2009-2010. WD+RU are currently exploring the use of social media to connect and promote women in design and looking at ageism in the industry.

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).

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View the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course page.


Twitter: @nostarpro

Twitter: @WomensDesign

Instagram: @hivgraphics

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