WD+RU 21st birthday event

My response to raising awareness for women working in visual communication

My response to raising awareness for women working in visual communication

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.

I have participated in two projects for WD+RU, a Valentine’s day postcard created for the London Cardguide in 1999, and in 2000 WD+RU guest edited Zed.7 Journal of Visual Communication.

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.

The badge I was given as an aid to network

The badge I was given as an aid to network

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.

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