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Ms Clare Conway

School Director of Learning & Teaching and Senior Lecturer, Design School


I am a design practitioner and School Director of Learning & Teaching in the Design School. 

I began my career in publishing, working at Macmillan as Design Studio Manager, then moved to Emap as Deputy Creative Director. In 2000 I co-founded Redcow Creative (now Surgery Redcow) a brand strategy and creative agency. Clients include Thomson Reuters and The Economist. As a design consultant, I specialise in branding, book and editorial design.

In 2017, I founded The Storybox Collective, exploring archival research through collaborative making. Our first exhibition: Storybox: Tales of Absence, 'What ifs' and Salvation was inspired by the archives of Wilton's Music Hall - the world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall

Areas of specialism

  • Editorial design
  • Branding
  • Research methods for design practice
  • Archival research and collaborative making
  • Illustration


  • BA (Hons) Visual Communication
  • MA Design with Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • The significance of archival research within creative practice
  • Collaborative making
  • Autobiographical narratives
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