Designing Women: 25 Female Designers and Illustrators We Love
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Here at GOOD, we've had the privilege of working with lots of talented women. Our in-house design team is female-dominated; four out of six designers on staff are women who crank out terrific work on a daily basis. So we found ourselves puzzled when some folks in the design community said they were having a tough time finding female designers to include in projects and events.
Just how hard is it to find a few good women designers? We took to Twitter to find out, soliciting tips for talented illustrators and designers to be featured in an informal showcase. The response was staggering. With more than 150 portfolios submitted, paring it down was difficult.
Eventually we chose to feature 25 women, but this slideshow is just the tip of the iceberg. Use the comments section to promote your favorite woman designer or illustrator (or, if you are one, to promote yourself). Let's make this a go-to resource so that the excuse "Oh, I just don't know any female designers" can be put to rest.
Now, join us on a visual tour de femme!
Above: Cave Party, a collective of designers from Minneapolis, MN.
Director of Creative Projects for Pinball Publishing in Portland, Lavelle elevates creative projects with smart observations and a sharp wit.
MacGowan is one half of the Seattle/New York studio The Dye Lab. Her work deftly merges strong type work with iconic graphic styling.
Currently working in San Francisco at Chronicle books, Gauthier creates beautiful publication work. She will soon be moving to Minneapolis, where she'll freelance.
Run by two sisters, this studio specializes in hand-generated illustrations and typography.
Baltimore-based Hoeckel serves up surreal, strangely beautiful moments both in her collage and illustration work.
Buck is a freelance designer living in Greensboro, Ala., and a founding member of PieLab. She has collaborated with GOOD on various infographics. Soon she'll be relocating to Chicago as a freelancer.
Ulku lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and she's open to new freelance and collaborative projects.
A former illustration intern at GOOD, Harden now lives and works in Brooklyn.
Guest Art Director on Issue 021 of GOOD, Daniel is now the graphics director at Businessweek. She's also very funny.
Based in Brighton, UK, Maude crafts wonderful little illustrations inspired by a range of subjects.
Fuller utilizes dynamic, throwback type skills across all sorts of terrific applications. She hails from Wisconsin.
Brooklyn-based Hische produces a lot of stellar work but is best known for Daily Drop Cap.
Kate Bingaman Burt
Currently living, working and teaching in Portland, Bingaman Burt is most well known for her book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?
A multi-disciplinary designer and illustrator, Nieminen is based in Brooklyn.
A cartoonists' studio based in Brooklyn, Pizza Island is made up of Kate Beaton, Domitille Collardey, Sarah Glidden, Meredith Gran, Lisa Hanawalt, and Julia Wertz.
Janosko crafts terrific work for a variety of cool projects. She calls Portland home.
Now the Los Angeles-based art director for Nasty Gal, Kissell was formerly a senior designer at Urban Outfitters.
A former illustration intern at GOOD, Saedi is based in Los Angeles.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Daner showcases superb illustration skills.
Having worked at such esteemed studios as Sagmeister Inc, Pentagram and Print magazine, Walsh raises the bar with hand-assembled illustrations and typography. She lives and works in New York.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jar seamlessly mixes design and illustration.