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Impressions from the Gender Design Workshop at Hochschule Hamm Lippstadt

photos: Tanja Godlewsky Workshop „Gender, Design, Alltag“ (Gender, Design, Everyday Life) Ten students took the opportunity to explore the vast space of gender design issues on June 24th at FH Lippstadt. In cooperation with iGDN, the university’s equalization department and Prof. Katja Becker (Visual Communication in Digital Media) had invited interested students to join the workshop “Gender, Design, Alltag” (Gender, Design, Everyday life). Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes provided an introduction to the one-day workshop, which was held by three designers representing the international Gender Design Network (iGDN e.V.). Uta Brandes introduced the students to gender design topics with her entertaining and enlightening talk about her gender design studies, which led to a lively discussion. Inspired by the broad thematic fields and perspectives, 3 male and 7 female students embarked on practical training units: ten different everyday objects and products were used to examine and analyse their design with regard to gender sensitivity and to stereotypical male and female attributes or concepts. The students also discussed how gender arguments are reduced to mere marketing tools by …