Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A week at Eike König’s female-led and thought-provoking After School Club

“With money no consideration, After School Club represents something very unique in the design industry, usually an elitist environment due to the middle-class white men who act as its gatekeepers. Instead, it refreshingly presents an equal playing field of disciplines, backgrounds and identities. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that its fourth edition this year embodied this naturally forward-thinking ethos into its line-up, inviting only female speakers.”

An article by Lucy Bourton on It's Nice That

Image: Isabel Seifert

Read the article here.
Visit the After School Club's website.

afFEMation — influential women in Australian design history

afFEMation is a website and project “making heroes of women in Australian graphic design”

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In 2016 Jane Connor sent an online survey out to stakeholders in the graphic design industry in Australia, asking them to list women who had made a significant contribution to graphic design in Australia since 1960. 142 names were listed and the top 25 most mentioned women were approached to take part in this project.

The afFEMation project stems from her belief that designers included in the history of Australian graphic design should be measured by their local influence rather than by their connections abroad, Connor writes in a post on Eye Magzine's blog.

Visit the website of the project: http://www.affemation.com/

See also the article on Eye Magazine: http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/invisible-women-in-australian-graphic-design

Monday, 9 April 2018

Elizabeth Friedlander exhibition

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft presents the story of outstanding artist, designer and typographer Elizabeth Friedlander. The work of Friedlander (1903-1984) is instantly recognisable as mid-20th century design at its best, but few will know the name behind the art. Best known for her Penguin book covers and Bauer Type Foundry typeface ‘Elizabeth’, the exhibition touches on her escape to London from 1930s Nazi Germany, friendship with her sponsor – poet and printer Francis Meynell – and her work with a wartime British black propaganda unit. The show includes rarely-seen works from the artist’s compelling career including type design, wood engravings, decorative book papers, maps and commercial work.

The exhibition is co-curated by video artist and author Katharine Meynell, grand-daughter of Francis Meynell, who recently shone a light on Friedlander’s little-known story by writing and producing ‘Elizabeth’, a film about the artist.

Read more here

Monday, 26 March 2018

Kerning the Gap

Kerning The Gap is a collective of like-minded people who want to see more women in design leadership roles, hear their voices and be inspired to create change.


And She Was Like: BÄM!

Young female artist and designers from the Rhineland get together. From their website (via Google translate): ‘And She Was Like: BÄM! stands for a contemporary feminism that does not follow any dogma, that lives in diversity and diversity, that unites gender and generations. We believe that together we can achieve more, be seen and heard. We want to increase the visibility of women, create awareness of feminist issues and act together.’

Find out more here http://andshewaslikebam.de/

Hidden Women of Design

Hidden Women of Design is an initiative aiming to increase the visibility of female designers in the industry, through talks, workshops and events. Read what founder Lorna Allan has to say about it on It's Nice That.

We Are Here

We Are Here: British BME Women is an artist-led and artist-run platform created by Erin Aniker and Jess Nash who met at university. The aim is to provide an open platform for discussion around what it means to be British, led by BME women. The increase in anti-immigration rhetoric since the referendum to leave the EU last June makes the project particularly poignant. 

Initially starting out as a standalone exhibition at Alev Lenz Studio in Shoreditch (July 2017), it featured a mix of fourteen handpicked, established and emerging British, BME, Women artists, creating artwork that explored their dual identities and heritage. Erin and Jess were overwhelmed with the response to the exhibition so they decided to turn this into an ongoing project and platform, going on to work with Dulwich Picture Gallery and now LSE Library. 


Thursday, 1 February 2018

WD+RU archive website

From the About page:

‘The Women’s Design + Research Unit (WD+RU) was founded in 1994 with the intent of raising awareness about women working in the field of visual communication and design education. WD+RU has never operated as a commercial studio but functions more as a collective, collaborating with students or design professionals who join the core team of Siân Cook and Teal Triggs in the realisation of self-initiated projects or responding to specific project invitations.

WD+RU’s focus has gradually changed more towards encompassing general social responsibility rather than just focusing on ‘women’s issues’, but all projects are underpinned by a core feminist philosophy and approach. WD+RU is an inclusive organisation interested in facilitating initiatives that give voices to communities that do not have a platform.’


Women of Graphic Design

A project focused on exhibiting the contributions of women in graphic design and exploring issues of gender-equality in education provided by design institutions.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Not a Muse

Silva Baum, Claudia Scheer and Lea Sievertsen speak with female graphic designers about the issues they face. Essential reading!


Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Role models are very important if young women are to dare to enter the world of typography.
Typequality is a platform for discovering and sharing typefaces designed by women, a tool to recognize and get the word out about female typographers and their typefaces. Here, together, we can gather the many skilled female type designers and their designs.
Typequality is the subject of Kimberly Ihres graduation project for Beckmans College of Design. The project consist of this website and a typeface of Kimberlys own design, Typequality font.


Thursday, 11 January 2018

TDC Beatrice Warde Scholarship

While going through their archives, the Type Directors Club discovered that Beatrice Warde was its first female member. To honor her memory, the Type Directors Club has named a scholarship after her.

Beatrice Warde (1900-1969) was a typographer, a writer (sometimes under the pseudonym Paul Beaujon) and expert of typography, a teacher, and the editor of the Recorder and the Monotype Newsletter. She is famous for her essay on typography “The Crystal Goblet”, first delivered as the speech “Printing Should Be Invisible ” in 1930.

The criteria for the scholarship extends across disciplines from design criticism to type design and graphic design, since Beatrice Warde was a writer and educator who helped promote Monotype products. Just as Beatrice encouraged the best use of technology, the candidate’s work should demonstrate the application of typography to current media, not only print.

The deadline for students to submit their application and samples is February 23, 2018.

See also this older post: http://feminismandgraphicdesign.blogspot.be/2012/03/beatrice-warde-and-crystal-goblet.html

depatriarchise design

This blog depatriarchise design is a space examines the condition of the contemporary design through a feminist perspective. The feminist voice is nearly unheard within the field and has been systematically silenced and marginalised. The imbalanced power relation between the genders in the industry,  strongly encouraged by the main stakeholders, created a distorted reality in which the chauvinist, heteronormative, ego-tripped, white, male “star designer” model had been successfully introduced and has been maintained ever since.



Beyond Change is a conference questioning the role of design in times of global transformations.

22 sessions and workshops addressing topics such as: sustainability, commons, indigenous knowledges, artisanal design, the politics of objects, design and gender, and much more.

+ Building Platforms: An intersectional space for decolonising, depatriarchalising, and deprecarising the conference from within.

During the three days of the conference, the foyer of the HGK FHNW will be inhabited by three design platforms that each problematise the role of design from within the discipline itself: Decolonising Design GroupDepatriarchise Design, and Precarity Pilot. With the aim of fostering an intersectional debate on the politics of design within practice, theory, and academic research – with particular focus on race, ethnicity, gender, and class – the three platforms will collectively activate a given space – a single two-storey scaffold of the kind used in civil construction.

+ Screening: Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, a film by Fabrizio Terranova.

March 8–10, 2018
FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel

Visit the website for more information.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


MMS is a group of graphic designers (Maryam Fanni, Matilda Flodmark, Sara Kaaman) collaborating since 2012 on investigations and writings on visual culture with a feminist ground.

Visit their website www.mms-arkiv.se

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Exhibition: 'I Don't Know Her Name, But I Know Her Work'

'I Don't Know Her Name, But I Know Her Work' is a display of graphic design by current students of Central Saint Martins along with work from alumni and staff of one of its predecessor colleges, the Central School of Arts and Crafts.

This display coincides with The London Transport Museum exhibition Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design, which features many female designers who studied or taught at the Central School. Current graphic design students have each selected a piece of work from the Central Saint Martins Museum & Study Collection designed by one of the Central school designers featured in Poster Girls, and made new work in response.

This new work is influenced by the methods and materials used in the designs selected from the Museum, as well as the wider context surrounding these designs. As with the Poster Girls exhibition, a particular concern is the lack of representation of women in graphic design history. Students taking part in this project are questioning the lack of diversity in graphic design history and calling for a more inclusive approach.

Until 5 February 2018

Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
King's Cross, London N1C 4AA

Visit the website for more information

Talk: A Room of One's Own

An illustrated journey through the exhibition Poster Girls by co-curator David Bownes together with author Susannah Walker and Central Saint Martins Lecturer Ruth Sykes, revealing the historical and social context of the times in which key female designers were producing their work.

Thursday 25 January 2018, 7pm
London Transport Museum

Book tickets

Exhibition: Poster Girls – A century of art and design

Exhibition of female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city.

Until January 2019 at London Transport Museum

Read a review here

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

100 Years



16 February - 23 March 2016

Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square
London NC1 4AA

Astrid Stavro / Cath Caldwell / Clare Skeats / Eleanor Crow / Heather 'Herry' Perry / Helen Ingham / Morag Myerscough / Sunny Park / Rebecca Ross / Valeria Hedman / Nina Chakrabarti / Kat Garner / Scarlet Evans / Bianca Wendt / Sroop Sunar / Rachel ‘Ray’ Marshall / Muriel Jackson / Dora Batty / Freda Lingstrom / Margaret Calkin James / Pearl Binder / Kathleen Hale / Nicolete Gray / Peggy Fortnum / Enid Marx / Judith Kerr / Jo Brocklehurst / Margaret Calvert / Helen Oxenbury / Stefanie Posavec / Katy Hepburn / Su Huntley & Donna Muir / Claire Leighton / Alexandra Epps / Debbie Cook / Sheena Calvert / Sian Cook / Lucienne Roberts / Rebecca Wright / Catherine Dixon / Rose Epple / Amelia Noble / Rathna Ramanathan / Lizzie Finn / Catherine Anyango / Rebecca & Mike / Lydia Blagden / Emma Woodland & Jess Kohl / Jayne Alexander and Violetta Boxill / Rachita Saraogi, Marina Viktorsson & Rebecca Thompson / Sara De Bondt / Julia Woollams / Kath Tudball / Tina Tsang / Syd Hausman / Carla Matoses / Lizzie Oxby / Alessia Mazzarella / See Red Women's Workshop / Jenny Maizels / Posy Simmonds / Sophie Thomas / Miho Aishima / Sinem Erkas / May Safwat / Ruth Sykes & Emily Wood


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Women's Action Coalition (WAC)

Beautiful posters for Women's Action Coalition by Bethany Johns.
Visit her website here, here or here