28 March 2012 - 11:57am | posted by | 0 comments

Analysis: Where are all the women in design?

Journalist Mairi Clark attended a recent Designer Breakfast seminar looking at the role of women in the design industry. Here, she writes on some of the views to emerge from the panel of speakers, which included Penny Baxter, Sara De Bondt, Nat Hunter and Jack Renwick.

Analysis: Where are all the women in design?Analysis: Where are all the women in design?

One of the main themes to emerge from the conversation was women's role as mothers and the challenge that presents, including the issue of maternity leave. The panel also discussed the issue of staff perception of women in high profile roles. An interesting point made by Baxter and Hunter was that women in design often move into account management and non-creative roles. “Women get lost in the admin of design rather than the creative side,” said Turner. “Simply because they’re better at organising things and good at people management.”

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