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#GenderDesignEducation

No Design without Gender:
For Gender Studies and
Gender Research in Design

We call for:

  • the integration of gender and diversity in all design curricula at all design faculties/departments internationally
  • the establishment of gender design professorships at all design faculties/departments, including adequate equipment and funding
  • Transdisciplinary cooperation, taking into account gender and diversity in design
  • Promotion/funding of urgently needed research projects on gender and diversity in design
  • Promotion/funding of transnational projects and scholarships
  • Financial resources for systematic expert advice in design outside academia (e.g. design studios, companies in the fields of IT, production, services)

Design is multidisciplinary, global, essential. It delights people and it is inevitable for work. Design needs the competencies and abilities of all those involved in the design process – and this requires awareness, training and research, as well as the communication of gender and diversity through both people and products.

I support this call and I agree that my name will be published:

These people already support our call:

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Jessica Walsh &Walsh&Walsh New York USA
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Prof. Dr. Penny Sparke Kingston University London UK
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Dr. Ruedi Baur intégral designers Paris, Strasbourg France
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Nancy Birkhölzer PwC IXDSPwC IXDS Berlin Germany
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Prof. Wan-ru Chou Shi Chien UniversityShi Chien University Taipei Taiwan
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Prof. Griselda Flesler University of Buenos AiresUniversity of Buenos Aires Argentina
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Prof. Dr. Claudia Mareis University of Design and ArtUniversity of Design and Art Basel Switzerland
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Robert Franken Male Feminists EuropeMale Feminists Europe Cologne Germany
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Mieke Gerritzen Image SocietyImage Society Amsterdam The Netherlands
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Prof. Dr. Minako Ikeda Kyushu UniversityKyushu University Fukuoka Japan
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Hella Jongerius JongeriuslabJongeriuslab Berlin Germany
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Saskia Ketz A Womens’ ThingA Womens’ Thing New York USA
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Hanna Wirman IT UniversityIT University Copenhagen Denmark
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Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes iGDNiGDN Cologne Germany
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Prof. Dr. Nicola Marsden Heilbronn UniversityHeilbronn University Germany
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Dr. Babette Peters Hamburg Germany
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Miles Chen Min Chen Min OfficeChen Min Office Hangzhou PR China
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Claudia Herling iGDNiGDN Brühl Germany
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Prof. Dr. Michael Erlhoff KISDUniversity of Art Braunschweig Germany
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Prof. Dr. Florian Conradi Technical University Technical University Berlin Germany
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Prof. Dr. Michelle Christensen Einstein Center Digital FutureEinstein Center Digital Future Berlin Germany
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Ina von Rumohr iGDNiGDN Cologne, Bonn Germany
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Menna Agha Liège Belgium
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Tanja Godlewsky iGDNiGDN Cologne Germany
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Prof. Katja Becker Westphalian University of Applied SciencesWestphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen Germany
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Prof. Marion Digel Folkwang UniversityFolkwang University Essen Germany
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Dr. Kajsa Eriksson Gothenburg UniversityGothenburg University Gothenburg Sweden
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Yuki Fukuda RailsloveRailslove Köln Germany
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Dr. Bianca Herlo University of the ArtsUniversity of the Arts Berlin Germany
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Georg Maurer Cologne Germany
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Milena Mussi Iosa Ghini AssociatesIosa Ghini Associates Bologna Italy
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Claudia Neumann neumann communicationneumann communication Cologne Germany
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Uta Flick iGDNiGDN Cologne Germany
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Elena Kayser HBK saarHBK saar Saarbrücken Germany
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Prof. Elena Caratti Politecnico di Milano, Design Dept.Politecnico di Milano, Design Dept. Milan Italy
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Prof. Valeria Bucchetti Politecnico di MilanoPolitecnico di Milano Milan Italy
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Robert Franken Robert Franken ConsultingRobert Franken Consulting Köln Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Fred Meier-Menzel Bauhaus University in WeimarBauhaus University in Weimar Erfurt Germany
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Eileen Good Zürich Schweiz
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Dr. Tom Bieling Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburg University of Applied Sciences Germany
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Abigail Schreider DenkwerkDenkwerk Koln Germany
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Lic. Mariana Ortiz Linares Universidad de Buenos AiresUniversidad de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Argentina
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Johanna Matheis Saarbrücken
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Ms. Martina Ngai National Central UniversityNational Central University Taoyuan Taiwan
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Prof. Aline Fagundes UCSUCS Caxias do Sul Brazil
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Rebecca Röger Berlin Germany
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Pip Bennett Taupō New Zealand
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Theresa Horn University of Arts LinzUniversity of Arts Linz Linz Austria
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Sally Sutherland University of BrightonUniversity of Brighton Brighton and Hove UK
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Sally Sutherland University of BrightonUniversity of Brighton Brighton and Hove UK
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Prof Griselda Flesler FADU UBAFADU-UBA Buenos Aires Argentina
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Dr. Melanie Levick-parkin Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield Hallam University Manchester United Kindom
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Dr Marloes Van Engen Tilburg University, Nyenrode Business universiteitTilburg University, Nyenrode Business universiteit Lent Nederland
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Miriam Horn-Klimmek FORMLOS BerlinFORMLOS Berlin Berlin Germany
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Lukas Kerecz FORMLOS BerlinFORMLOS Berlin Berlin Germany
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Larissa Holaschke Zuirch University of the ArtsZuirch University of the Arts Zürich Switzerland
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Lena Hirche Lena HircheLena Hirche Berlin Deutschland
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Dr. Jennifer Schubert Free University of BozenFree University of Bozen Bozen/Bolzano Italy
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Nadine Rosengärtner Münster School of DesignMünster School of Design Bochum Germany
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Lic Mariana Ortiz Linares Universidad de Buenos AiresUniversidad de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Argentina
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Katharina Köhler Camelot TypefacesCamelot Typefaces Leipzig Germany
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Dr. Julia-Constance Dissel Institut für Designforschung, University of Applied Sciences DarmstadtInstitut für Designforschung, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt Darmstadt Germany
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Dr. Sandra Buchmüller TU BraunschweigTU Braunschweig Köln Germany
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Diana Jaffe Berlin Germany
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Diana Jaffe Bluestone AGBluestone AG Berlin Germany
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Mag.art Rebekka Hochreiter Linz Austria
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Dr. Kerstin Raudonat Heilbronn UniversityHeilbronn University Heilbronn Germany
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Michelle Roth Münster School of DesignMünster School of Design Münster Germany
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Sinja Possekel Mülheim an der Ruhr Deutschland
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Laura Gaspar Bardon Berlin Germany
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Ina Juckel Berlin Germany
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Regina Kainz Salzburg Austria
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Andrea Christan SCHOKOLADENSEITE.netSCHOKOLADENSEITE.net Hamburg Germany
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Renate Welkenbach Neurolinguistic Design for Effect and ChangeNeurolinguistic Design for Effect and Change Griesheim
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Celeste Danos Berlin Germany
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Christine Kern KERNgeschaeftKERNgeschaeft Karlsruhe Germany
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Katharina Andrés designsfiction_BETON AMOURdesignsfiction_BETON AMOUR Berlin Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Julia Schütz FernUniversität in HagenFernUniversität in Hagen Hagen Deutschland
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Jennifer Jessen Offenbach Germany
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Mareike Roth hoch E - Designing Emotional Identityhoch E - Designing Emotional Identity Nürnberg Germany
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Prof. Andrea Hennig Duale Hochschule Baden-WürttembergDuale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Ravensburg Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Holger Lund DHBW RavensburgDHBW Ravensburg Ravensburg Germany
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Dr. Melanie Haller Universität PaderbornUniversität Paderborn Paderborn Germany
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Ines Roesler Roesler Marketing Systems Consulting GmbHRoesler Marketing Systems Consulting GmbH Karlsruhe DE
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Prof. Marie-Susann Kühr RFH KölnRFH Köln Cologne Germany
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Annika Rewald Berlin Germany
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Alexandra Kilian City of LudwigshafenCity of Ludwigshafen Mannheim Germany
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Nadia Scheuren Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK)Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK) Hildesheim Niedersachsen, Deutschland
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Cosma Planet Hochschule für Bildende KünsteHochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig Germany
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Vale Querini Berlin Germany
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Kenan Alkuwatly Saarbrücken Germany
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Ana Karina Haller Saarbrücken Germany
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Leonie Zebe HBK SaarHBK saar Kaiserslautern Deutschland
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Julia Werner DB Station & ServiceDB Station & Service BERLIN Deutschland
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Anna Rentsch Berlin
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Juliane Kühr HBK SaarHBK saar Saarbrücken Germany
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Maria Costanza Angelini Università di CamerinoUniversità di Camerino Ascoli Piceno Italy
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Mr Roger Bateman Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffield Hallam University Sheffield United Kingdom
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Antigoni Tsengelis Cologne Germany
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Caroline Sieg Cologne germany
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Luise Kempf Hochschule der Bildenden Künste SaarHochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar Saarbrücken Germany
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Alexandra Hoffacker RFH KölnRFH Köln Cologne Germany
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Prof. Mario Zeppetzauer University of Art and DesignUniversity of Art and Design Linz Austria
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Rahel Schepers Köln Deutschland
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Natalia Andreasdottir Rheinische FachhochschuleRheinische Fachhochschule Cologne Germany
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Anneke Niehues Folkwang University of the ArtsFolkwang University of the Arts Essen Germany
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Jenny Fawson Bochum Germany
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Merle Genc Berlin Germany
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Prof. Betty Schimmelpfennig Hochschule RheinMainHochschule RheinMain Wiesbaden Deutschland
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Prof. Christian Schmachtenberg Hochschule KaiserslauternHochschule Kaiserslautern Deutschland
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Prof. Dr. Klaus Birk Duale Hochschule Baden WürttembergDuale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Ravensburg Germany
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Karin Schmidt-Friderichs Verlag Hermann SchmidtVerlag Hermann Schmidt Mainz Germany
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Prof. Dr. Henriette Heidbrink Hochschule RheinMainHochschule RheinMain Wiesbaden Germany

Since its foundation in 2013 the iGDN has been an active advocate for gender equality in all fields of design and for an encompassing gender awareness approach, also at design universities and departments. Our aim is to ensure that gender-sensitive design, design products and artefacts will contribute to make life fairer for everybody. To achieve that we need designers who are aware of this responsibility.

We therefore take these strange times of never before-experienced social challenges posed by Covid-19 as an opportunity to vehemently demand the long overdue implementation of corresponding curricula, professorships and research projects at universities.
How can it be that the emancipatory discussion in the context of gender, culture and ethnicity has affected so many areas of societies worldwide – while design and diversity are still too often plodding along without gender and diversity awareness?
In education, teaching and research, as well as in design practice, the categories of gender, diversity and ethnicity are still a fairly blind spot at too many design colleges and faculties – with some commendable exceptions.

Why are there still far too few chairs and institutes that focus on gender and diversity in design as a socially relevant and obvious focus? How is it possible that design is characterised by sustainability, resource conservation, material adequacy, functionality, sociality, etc., but the significance of gender and diversity is so rarely taken into consideration?

Enough! For years, we have been committed to this important field of design, have organised events, expert exchanges and provided support – and, with a little luck, have at best received some praise and recognition. But this is not enough for us, our society needs the equal integration of gender issues in all areas of design, so that design becomes more social, cultural, fair and altogether so much better!

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