Dan Fern is an award-winning designer and graphic artist as well as being an influential teacher. Trained at Manchester College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Fern has worked extensively across all areas of visual communications, including a set of stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground and a poster commemorating the 100th anniversary in 2001 of the death of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec which is on display at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His graphic works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona and the Smithsonian Institute in New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

A passionate advocate of an interdisciplinary approach to creativity, Fern has also regularly exhibited non-commissioned works in galleries in London and overseas, and more recently he has worked in video in collaboration with musicians; his work has been performed in front of audiences at the Bath Internatinal Music Festival, London’s South Bank Centre and the Hamburg Philharmonie. In September 2010 he was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to produce large-scale mutimedia installations for the Deloitte Ignite Festival, curated by the musician Joanna MacGregor.

Dan Fern began teaching at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, and was made its first Professor of Graphic Art and Design in 1994. His interest in the relationship between the visual and the performing arts led to the establishment in the 1990s of close links between the RCA and the Guildhall School of Music, and more recently with the Royal Academy of Music and the London School of Contemporary Dance. ‘Music is the real Internet’ Fern said in a lecture in 1996, ‘and always has been.’

Recently retired as Head of the School of Communications and Chair of the International Development Group at the RCA, Dan Fern continues to maintain links with education as a research supervisor, external examiner and consultant on academic development.

With a long-standing interest in mountaineering, Dan Fern’s work as an artist and film-maker for the past 10 years has been focused on the landscape of the Vercors region of south-east France, where he has a studio.