Since today is International Women’s Day, I thought it would be great to honor some of the women that have helped to impact the world of graphic design. Without these pioneers / trendsetters, we may not have been able to make the advances that we see in today’s world of graphic design! Enjoy!
Funny Females – It’s Okay to Laugh
Sometimes it pays to be funny when you’re a designer. In the case of these women, their break into creating illustrations for people to see was a direct result of being funny.
Nell Brinkley is one of the first female cartoonists. Realizing her skills at the early age of 16, she became famous for her iconic illustrations called “The Brinkley Girls.” These girls were often seen in the famous Ziegfeld Follies in the early 1900s.
Another famous illustrator / cartoonist around the same time as Nell Brinkley was Jackie Ormes. The significance of Jackie can’t be underestimated as she was the first African-American woman cartoonist.
In today’s world, women continue to influence the funny pages, but one woman who can’t be forgotten is Lynn Johnston. Her comic “For Better or For Worse” has stood the test of time with both relevancy and humor in today’s world making her a comic legend by being the first woman, and Canadian, to win the prestigious Reuben award for her comic (just imagine the Oscars for illustration / comics).
In every industry there are trendsetters, and these women are at the top of the scale. From left to right we first have, Jiani Lu a Taiwanese designer that has developed a name for herself with her graphic presentations that stand out.
Next is Teresa Sdralevich, a Belgium designer that has a very free flowing natural illustration style. This lack of uniformity is really enjoyable to look at.
Following Teresa is Anna Kuts, a Ukrainian designer that has a unique blend of uniformity as well as natural illustrations. This combo flows very nicely.
All the way on the right we find Camille Renee, an American graphic designer that hails from Iowa. She is very gifted at using photography to develop beautiful design pieces.
There are so many more female graphic designers that we could write for days about their influence and reach. Happy International Women’s Day!
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