Names influence our perception of objects and even human beings. The British Label „Neon Moon“ (feminist underwear) established new categories for their underwear sizes: No numbers anymore, but categories like „gorgeous“ „lovely“ and „beautiful“ that celebrate all sizes and bodies. What a lovely/gorgeous/beautiful and smart idea!
We created a list of interesting and promising events concerning gender and design in 2016. Exhibition: Berlin – Stadt der Frauen, Stiftung Stadtmuseum, until 28.08.16: http://www.stadtmuseum.de/ausstellungen/berlin-stadt-der-frauen Lecture: 31.03.: Professor Iris Bohnet: What Works: Gender Equality by Design Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States http://alumni.harvard.edu/events/what-works-gender-equality-design Conference: 08.04. – 10.04: signal/noise: A FemTechNet conference on Feminist Pedagogy, Technology, Transdisciplinarity University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, University of Michigan http://femtechnet.org/docc/ftn-docc-2016-conference/ Lecture: 14.04.: Prof. Barbara Schwarze: Vortragsreihe Gender-Effekte: Digitalisierung der Arbeitswelt: Neue Anforderungen an Studium, Lehre und Forschung, Universität Bielefeld https://www.cit-ec.de/de/content/vortragsreihe-gender-effekte-4 Film Screening: 22.04.: “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap” – Screening and Q&A with Director Robin Hauser Reynolds Instrument, 3529 N Williams, Portland, Oregon 97227 https://2016.designweekportland.com/events/code-debugging-the-gender-gap-screening-and-q-a-with-director-robin-hauser-reynolds Conference: 04.06.: Women & Work Deutschlands größter Messe-Kongress für Frauen Bonn, World Conference Center https://www.womenandwork.de/ Seminar: 16.06: Gender and the practicalities of design research TRAFO Conference Centre, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design http://designresearch.no/events/gender-and-the-practicalities-of-design-research Conference: 16.06: INTERIOR IDENTITIES A one day conference exploring themes of cultural, social and individual identity in interior design British Institute of Interior Design, London …
Die Kampagne für Vodafone. Das schlimmste: Art Direction von einer Frau. Gut dagegen, dass es iGDN gibt (international Gender Design Network), denn die beraten, wenn in der Kommunikation und im Design mangels Erkenntnis Sexismus eingesetzt wird: Jung von Matt wirbt mit Typoillustrationen für Vodafone
When Siri launched in the U.S., the virtual assistant technology had the voice of a woman. In the U.K., Siri was a male. But Facebook’s virtual assistent is „genderless“. read more on http://uk.businessinsider.com
A Pakistani woman, fed up with being groped and harassed by male rickshaw drivers, has launched her own service exclusively for women in her home city of Lahore. The Guardian: Women-only ‚pink rickshaw‘ hits the road in Lahore Spiegel Online: „Pink Rikscha“ in Pakistan: Eine Frau kämpft gegen sexuelle Belästigung
It’s great to see how Gender and Design is becoming an important part of design education, so if you’re in Helsinki during the next days, go and explore the showcase of the work of the first year MA students: U MAD ABOUT GENDER? Great title by the way! https://www.facebook.com/events/886152004787992/
Trans*models and trans*fashion on the rise. Fashion retailer „&other stories“ goes a step further and engages a whole team of transgender designers, photographers, models and stylists to escape the cis-gaze. http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/25943/1/read-hari-nef-s-primer-on-the-cis-gaze-and-other-stories-all-trans-campaign
Etsy: one the one hand empowering female designers to run their own business with flexibility and autonomy, but on the other it reproduces the limiting image of women in arts and crafts, or characterising ‚design‘ as domestic work rather than a critical and holistic reflection of the confrontation with social conditions and relations. Wall Street Journal reports that 86% of the 1.4 million active sellers are female but only 30% of its sellers use their creative business as their sole source of earnings. So, selling handmade goods and their online marketplaces might contribute to keep women in (multiple) low income positions and drive a „transition away from the security, reliable incomes and protections“. What do you think?
This sign is a total failure not only in the aspects of gender and design, have a look!
Thomas Edelmann of stylepark.com wrote a detailed review of our exhibition and the ‚Gender Talk‘ at designxport Hamburg:http://www.stylepark.com/…/…/gendersensibel-entwerfen/358955