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12 trail-blazing women in design to be inspired by

Here are the biggest female names in the world of design.

To mark International Women’s day, we’re celebrating 12 of the world’s most inspiring women in design. These are just some of the glass-ceiling-shattering trailblazers who inspire us to be better designers.

Their work crosses disciplines and breaks boundaries. And looking at the incredible women here, it seems hard to believe that the design industry still lacks diversity.

But according to a 2018 report from the Design Council, a staggering 78 per cent of the design economy is male, this is higher than the wider UK workforce, which is 53 per cent male. This is also despite women making up 63 per cent of all students studying creative arts and design courses at university.

Meanwhile, according to Kerning The Gap, only 11 per cent of creative directors are female.

The 12 women we’ve highlighted here haven't just made an incredible contribution to design: they're also important role models to designers of all genders around the world. Read on to be inspired…

 

 

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