The lack of diversity in design is a worrisome issue. In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve listed some of prominent and amazing women designers you should now.
When talking about famous graphic designers, chances are men grab all the top spots. While there is, unfortunately, a strong tendency to overlook the talent of women in design (and this needs to stop, seriously), we know that women designers work as hard as men, these following women designers are incredibly talented and deserve recognition and respect for their works.
01. Paula Scher
Paula Scher is an American graphic designer, illustrator, and the first female principle of Pentagram. Her experience with typography began in the early 1980s. As a result, her works have displayed her seemingly unlimited knowledge and experience in bold color and powerful typography ever since.
02. Susan Kare
Susan Kare is a prominent and influential figure in icon design. During the course of her career, she had designed icons for Apple, Microsoft, and PayPal. Many of her interface elements are impressively iconic that they remain indelible throughout the years.
03. Carolyn Davidson
Carolyn Davidson is the graphic designer behind one of the most recognizable logos worldwide, Nike Swoosh logo. Despite being the most profitable logo, Davidson designed the Swoosh, referring to the fibers Nike shoes used back then, in 1971 for only $35 (or $211 now) when she was a graphic design student. Davidson is famous as the “Logo Lady” and spent her career as a freelancer for 30 years.
04. Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh is a designer, art director, and illustrator. The Walsh designer landed a dream job as a partner at the New York-
05. Candy Chang
The Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang transforms the mundane urban spaces into grandeur and compelling works that speak her purpose: to engage with the world and the people around them.
06. Mercedes Bazan
(Images via Mercedes Bazan)
Mercedes Bazan is a San Francisco-based designer excelling in print design and layout. Her design relies on white space and careful choice of typography and color, creating her own visual language.
07. Jiani Lu
Jiani Lu is an award-winning Canadian multidisciplinary designer and photographer specializing in branding, print, and information design. She frequently utilizes white space that resonates her elegant and subtle style.
08. Lotta Nieminen
The award-winning Finns illustrator and graphic designer Lotta Niemie had worked for Pentagram and RoAndCo before running her own design studio in New York. Her distinct and nuanced style has yielded her many clients including the Google, New York Times, Hermès, Volkswagen, and IBM.
09. Kelli Andersen
Kelli Anderson, a Brooklyn-based designer, calls herself a tinkerer who is always experimenting with new means. And that reflects so much on how much the details she put in her work. Look at the color and light of her work above. Hats off.
10. Leta Sobierajski
Leta Sobierajski is a New York-based multidisciplinary designer and art director. By combining photography, art, and styling with more traditional design elements, her works are peculiar and incredibly brilliant.
11. Jing Zhang
The Chinese and London-based lass is a perfectionist in the realm of digital illustrations. Her works, including infographics and maps for corporate companies and other big brands, are, as she put it, “Intricate, architectural and complex, the opposite of minimalism, like small worlds inside most things.”
12. Debbie Millman
Famous for Design Matters, regarded as the world’s first design podcast, Debbie Millman is a graphic designer, author, and the current President Emeritus of AIGA. During her career, Millman has worked with numerous brands Burger King, Tropicana, Kleenex and Haagen-Dazs, among many others.
13. Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische is an American letterer, illustrator, and type designer. Hische has worked with clients such as author Dave Eggers and film director Wes Anderson, and done logo refreshes for e-mail marketing service Mail Chimp and artisan ice cream company Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
14. Veronica Fuerte
One of the founding members of Barcelona-based studio Hey Studio, Veronica Fuerte is a graphic designer specializing in brand identity, editorial design and illustration. Fuerte’s style features a strong emphasis on color and geometry and direct typography.
15. Vanessa Eckstein and Marta Cutler
Vanessa Eckstein established Blok in 1999, and later was joined by Marta Cutler who’s well-versed in advertising, and successfully propelled Blok Design as one of Toronto’s remarkable design studios. Their works are well known for the timeless and elegant design.