Graphic Design (Can sometimes be) a Boys club.
A few months ago I got an interview request from Sophie Balch and Fanny Wacklin Nilsson – two Graphic Designers from Brighton, UK – to answer questions about the role of female designers in contemporary graphic design. As I have been studying the gender issue in our domain for quite a while I was very delighted to contribute my personal experiences and thoughts.
Dear male readers: it is not about feminism, it is about equality. Those things are happening in an unconscious way. Of course you do not notice immediately. We all just want to work together and have fun!
Sophie Balch and Fanny Wacklin Nilsson:
"Through university we noticed that male designers were a lot more prominent than women. Interested in why this was, we began asking successful female designers questions such as “Why are there fewer ‘famous’ female graphic designers?” to gain perspective from people who are experienced working in a male dominated industry. The gathered content is a starting point for an ongoing discussion as well a celebration of female designers. The unconventionally large size of the publication actively asks the reader to engage with the material by piecing A3 pages together to assemble a larger editorial piece, illustrating the idea of reading the bigger picture. Printed on a risograph and digitally."