19 March 2020

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form 287. Women and Design

The facts are completely banal: women make up half of the world’s population and some women design. The vast majority of them use designed products daily. And yet, like in many other male-dominated industries, women are still less visible in design than their male colleagues. Even as users, in the design process they regularly disappear in the shadow of the standard white male.

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In form 287 we dedicate ourselves to the diverse perspectives that feminism opens up to design. We collect brilliant feminist design projects as well as outstanding designers and design experts. We talk to them about their work and experience in the industry and learn that design is never gender neutral.

As always there are three selected articles complemented with additional visuals from this issue that you can read online on our website.

We present five projects that are Anything but Vegan but show what you can do with animal remains. We meet the Berlin star designer Hanne Willmann and talk to her about her experiences as a newcomer, about role models and her surprise of suddenly being one. Curtain up and All Eyes on Hanne. We also learn that design is historically deeply embedded in patriarchal structures and that feminism is needed to free it. Until that happens, form does not follow function, but Discrimination Follows Design. Design Follows Dicrimination.

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