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:

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

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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

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

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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

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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