Ms Clare Conway


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 interdisciplinary 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 We were the first researchers to work with Wilton's paper archive held by the V&A. In 2020 we launched a collaboration with the William Morris Society which focused on the resonance on Morris' work in the context of the political and ecological issues of today. Our exhibition William Morris: Wallpaper Man was held at Kelmscott House in conjunction with an exhibition of the work at Not My Beautiful House, Kingston in July 2021.

Academic responsibilities

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


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

Teaching and learning


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

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