07 December 2018

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Women Design

Text: Darya Hadi

The Design Museum, London

7 – 8 December 2018

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The focus of the “Women Design” talk series at the Design Museum London is women in the design industry. Lectures and discussions about the lack of equality in the industry and how to counteract it will take place over a weekend.



 

In 2018, women in Europe have more career opportunities than ever before. Three-quarters of design students are women, but the proportion of women in management positions in the industry drops to only one quarter. Reason enough for British curator Libby Sellers to organise a two-day series of talks entitled “Women Design”, in collaboration with the Design Museum in London.

The main objective of the talks is to underscore that women in design need to be noticed and acknowledged. Alongside historical analyses, participants from the design, architecture, and art sectors will examine current problems and seek possible solutions. For example, the discussion on “Gender Biased Historiography” will focus on female pioneers in the industry, such as Lina Bo Bardi and Anni Albers. In “Gendered Technologies”, author Tamar Shafrir and queer and non-binary feminist designer Gabriel A. Maher will talk about the possibilities of new technology and the role it plays in gender identities in design. 7 December 2018, the Residence Showcase sees a celebration of the exhibition opening of designers Legrand Jäger, Ella Bulley, Hester Buck and Helga Schmid.

The starting point for the event was Libby Seller’s book “Women Design” where the curator writes about how, even in a progressive industry like that of design, women are still forgotten and marginalised or not given the same opportunities as their male counterparts. The event at the Design Museum will bring together women from the industry and showcase their importance to it.

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