Siobhan Keaney

Siobhan Keaney

arts research University of Brighton

Scholarly biography and interests

Siobhan Keaney lives and works in London. After graduating from the LCP she worked briefly for three of London’s most prestigious design companies, she then went on to form her own design studio. Her European influenced graphic methods and independent, even maverick stance seen in projects produced for both the commercial and cultural sectors, soon attracted attention. Awards followed for the Apicorp Corporation, Seymour Powell, Browns and Greenpeace.

Her work is recognised worldwide with invitations to exhibit and lecture in the US, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Thailand, Israel, The Netherlands, France, Canada and Turkey. Keaney has been featured extensively in both design press and publishing and has been invited to be a member of juries for several professional design associations. She has been a D&AD executive committee member and was elected to the AGI in 1997.

Several of her projects have been featured in design related programmes for TV and she has consulted for the BBC Creativity and Learning Opportunities.

Samples of her work are in the permanent collection in the Twentieth Century Gallery at the Victoria & Albert museum, London. She is one of 40 European designers and architects to have work featured in the Design Centre, Osaka, Japan.

She has been a visiting lecturer at the RCA, London and an External Examiner for Central St Martins, Camberwell College of Arts, Bath Spa University College, Manchester Metropolitan University and Leeds Metropolitan University.

Research activity 


Research activities 



  • AGI: Graphic Design since 1950. Thames and Hudson (UK)


  • Type Image Message. Rockport (USA) Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wadell


  • Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the Sixties. Published by Barbican Art Gallery + Laurence King (UK)


  • Area. Phaidon (UK) Werner Jeker
  • First Choice. The Image Publishing Group (Australia) Ken Cato


  • Rewind: 40 years of design and advertising D&AD (UK)

1998 and 2000

  • Design Without Boundaries: Visual Communications in the Nineties. Rick Poynor. Published by Booth-Clibborn (UK)



  • Museum Fur Gestaltung, Switzerland 18 March to 7 May


  • Making History: LCC and the School of Graphic Design Well Gallery, 1st Floor Street Gallery, Eckersley Gallery London College of Communication, London 24 October – 4 November
  • Millennium Monument, Beijing, China 16 Sept to 09 October
  • Chongqing Three Gorges Museum, China 29 July to 14 August
  • Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, China 02 – 19 June
  • Guangzhou Museum of Art, China 29 April to 15 May (66,000 visitors)
  • Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the Sixties Barbican, London 14 September 2004 to 23 January 2005


  • Rewind: 40 Years of Design & Advertising from D&AD Awards V&A, London 7 November 2002 to 2 February

1996, 1997 and 1998

  • Work from London exhibition touring the world for two years sponsored by the British Council (venues included: Istanbul, Kuala Lumpar, Bangkok, Moscow, Pakistan, Israel)


Juries, committees and editorial boards

  • American Centre for Design/100 Show
  • Society of Typographic Designers
  • D&AD, graphics and typography