This evening the Women’s Design Research Unit (WD+RU) held an event to celebrate their 21st birthday, and they asked a group of WD+RU friends and supporters to reflect, refresh and [re]act. For the past 21 years WD+RU have been raising awareness of the role of women in visual communication design and related fields.
For this intimate gathering hosted by Good Agency, and with delicious catering by Food For Good, invitees were asked to respond to the following sentence ‘If I could take one action toward raising awareness about women working in visual communication, it would be…’
As an educator in contextual and theoretical studies for students of visual communication design, my response was to communicate how I can raise awareness of female designers. I showcased the work of icon designer Susan Kare, who has been a constant presence in the field of visual communication since her work was incorporated into the visual language of the Apple McIntosh computer, launched in January 1984. You can see Susan talk through her career here.
WD+RU founder Siân Cook gave all the guests a badge, each one depicting the name of a female designer. The badges were pairs and it was our task to find our pairing and get to know them. My partner was Sonia, a freelance designer, we discussed many design related subjects including Margaret Calvert discussing the design of the British road sign system on Top Gear.