I recently wrote a blog post about struggling to be able to name 5 Women Graphic Designers, which has inspired to continue researching women who may have been overlooked in the history of graphic design. I have decided to turn this into a series of blog posts highlighting different groups of women within the world of graphic design. I hope you enjoy following along, but most of all I hope it inspires you to seek out and appreciate female designers.
Typography must be the MOST male-dominated area of graphic design, so here are 5 women type designers:
1. Zuzana Licko
Zuzana Licko (pronounced Litchko), was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the U.S. in 1968. She earned an undergraduate degree in graphic communications from the University of California at Berkeley. When Rudy VanderLans, her partner, launched the graphic design journal Emigre, Zuzana became their resident type designer contributing bitmap fonts she created herself using public domain software. Emperor, Emigre and Oakland appeared in the magazine and were soon advertised for sale when VanderLans and Licko co-founded the Emigre foundry. She went on to design other well-known typefaces, my favourite being Mrs. Eaves, a classical serif font that was a reinterpretation of Baskerville and Bodoni.
2. Jessica Hische
I'm sure a lot of you are already familiar with Jessica Hische and her beautiful work, so I don't feel like I need to give her much more of an introduction! Jessica is a letterer, illustrator and type designer with a drop dead gorgeous portfolio. Here are some of the typefaces she has designed:
3. Freda Sack
4. Emanuela Conidi
5. Fiona Ross
Dr Fiona Ross, is a typographic consultant, typeface designer, lecturer and author, specialising in non-Latin scripts. She worked for Linotype Limited (UK) from 1978-1989 where she was their first female manager and was responsible for the design of their non-latin fonts and typesetting schemes, in particular those using Arabic and Indic scripts such as Devanagari. Typefaces designed personally by Ross (such as the Linotype Bengali) or by her team remain among the most widely used typefaces in the relevant parts of the world, they're equivalents of Times and Helvetica. She is currently an Associate Professor in Non-Latin Type Design at the University of Reading and Curator of the Department’s Non-Latin Type Collection. Most recently, Ross was presented with the SoTA (Society of Typographic Aficionados) Typography award at TypeCon 2014 in DC.