6 Creative Ladies who Embody Success
This month is Women’s History Month and as a woman-led design agency, you know we’re celebrating.
In this week’s post, we want to highlight the incredible women in design who have paved the way for the rest of us and helped change the game. These women were and are visionaries for us all who are striving to make a difference and impact lives by way of design. Here’s to a few of the mighty ladies who have been an inspiration to all of us.
1. Paula Scher
One of the most well-known goddesses of design is Ms. Paula Scher. The first female principal as Pentagram, Scher’s work encompasses pop culture and “postmodern” values of design that counter the famous Bauhaus and Swiss-inspired movement of neutral and clean design. Scher is most known for her environmental design as well as her mural paintings and can be connected to the Citi and Microsoft Office identities.
“It’s not just about doing design for the ‘public good.’ I think all design matters and all design deserves to be intelligent.”
2. Catt Small
An up and coming force in design, Catt Small is a product designer, game maker, and developer who focuses on increasing empathy through interactive media. Small strives to change the underrepresentation of women in the tech space, and she enjoys learning about others and the broad gender spectrum. She has previously worked with Soundcloud and Nasdaq and is now with Etsy streamlining their checkout and payment process.
3. Lella Vignelli
Lella Vignelli was an Italian designer with training and a focus on 3D design and architecture. A founder of Vignelli Associates, she took design very seriously and focused on the “why” and “how” of the products she was creating. At Vignelli Associates Lella primarily dealt with the reality of the work, “feasibility, planning, and what the design could be.” Lella and her husband, Massimo Vignelli, where inducted into the AIGA medalists in 1984, and their legacy has continued to shape the way that designers approach their work.
4. Debbie Millman
Best known for her design podcast, Debbie Millman is a writer, artist, and brand strategist beyond her work as an incredible host. Millman has been named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA and has interviewed over 500 artists about their lives and how creativity has shaped and adjusted their trajectory. Millman continues to not only produce work through her podcast but extend her talents into other areas of art and design.
“Try not to compromise. So many people don’t do what they really want in their hearts because they feel like they’re not good enough, or they’re not smart enough, or they’re not talented enough— anything. And that doesn’t matter. In order for you to live a remarkable life you need to be able to go after what you want.”
5. Mina Markham
Another influential female tech designer, Mina Markham is supporting and encouraging women in code while working as a senior engineer at Slack. The mastermind behind Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit library, Markham has made her presence and skill known in the design world. When she’s not building design systems and writing CSS architecture, Markham inspires younger women to code with Girl Develop It and Black Girls Code.
6. Louise Fili
Known for her elegant typography and ageless work, Louise Fili is another design Goddess best known for her logos, food packaging, and restaurant identity. Fili is considered a leader in the return to archival book jacket designs, and draws inspiration from her love of Italy and European Art Deco styles. Fili is a 2014 AIGA Medalist, and her firm Louise Fili Ltd is an award-winning New York-based graphic and digital design agency.