I feel I have to work a lot harder to broaden my horizons and not just consider things from a Western, white male perspective. It’s a tough challenge and always going to be a work-in-progress, but stumbling upon website like CreativeRoots is helpful. They’re mission is to feature art and design from across the world – there’s some lovely project on the site. Take a look here: http://creativeroots.org
Hall of Femmes aims to highlight the work of women in art direction and design. The project was founded in 2009 by Samira Bouabana and Angela Tillman Sperandio. It includes lectures, exhibitions, interviews, podcasts and the publication of the Hall of Femmes book series, each book portraying a designer and her work through in-depth interviews and previously unpublished images.
Pioneering graphic designer, artist and archivist, Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927–2016) is recognized for her body of design work integrating European avant-garde and modernist influences into a distinctly American, mid-century manner of communication. She is a living link between design’s modernist past and its continually changing present.
Alphabettes.org is a showcase for work, commentary, and research on lettering, typography, and type design by women.
Women Who Draw is an open directory of female* professional illustrators, artists and cartoonists. It was created by two women artists in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, emphasizing female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators.
*Women Who Draw is trans-inclusive and includes women, trans and gender non-conforming illustrators.
Kimberly Ihres, a graduate from Beckmans College of Design (Stockholm, Sweden), has produced Typequality – a platform for discovering and sharing typefaces designed by women. Kimberly says “Role models are very important if young women are to dare to enter the world of typography. That’s why Typequality needs you – and everyone else who wants to contribute to a more balanced typographic room.”
The online database features links to the work of female typographers past and present, including Zuzana Licko, the Czechoslovakian creator of the beautiful Mrs Eaves font. Read more in this interview with Kimberly for Grafik.