“It’s through mistakes that you can actually grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”
Women graphic designers are fueled by so much talent, passion, and a wild imagination that they are slowly taking over the design world — and today we are choosing to recognize their hard work. Each one of them are creative and smart enough to keep pushing the design barriers beyond their limit by creating outstanding designs the world has never seen before.
All women should be praised for their incomparable achievements for making a difference in a male-dominated world. For Women’s Month, we want to honor 5 women who shook the design world in the past and continue to inspire young designers even up to this day.
5 Genius Women Graphic Designers
1. Carol Davidson
Carolyn Davidson is the creator of the iconic Nike Swoosh we all know and love today. Despite earning just $2 per hour at that time, she managed to create a powerful logo that is known and praised around the world today.
She said that the Nike logo was inspired by the goddess of victory, Athena (“Nike” in Greek), and the visual representation of the sound “Swoosh” when an athlete sprints from the starting block towards victory.
2. Susan Kare
A huge icon in graphic design, Susan Kare is the brilliant designer known for her contribution to the interface elements and typeface of the first Apple Macintosh from 1983 to 1986. She also worked for prestigious companies like IBM, Sony Pictures, and Microsoft.
3. Leta Sobierajski
Boring designs are words that will never define Leta Sobierajski’s art. Sobierajski is a talented designer and art director that is known for her fun and energetic artworks. Her playful style has led her to work for multi-million corporations like Google, Target, UNIQLO, and Tate Modern.
4. Paula Scher
Considered one of the most influential women in graphic designs, Paula Scher is dubbed as the “master conjurer of the instantly familiar” as she gracefully straddles between the borders of pop culture and fine art. Her clever take on branding systems is the reason why big brands like Coca-Cola, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Shake Shack, Metropolitan Opera, and more are extremely satisfied with her work.
5. Jessica Walsh
Jessica Walsh is the founder of the creative agency called “&Walsh” (andwalsh.com) in New york. This powerful woman also talks about design at creative conferences and universities around the world. She even teaches design & typography at The School of Visual Arts in NYC!
If you’re not impressed yet, Walsh was even awarded Forbes “30 under 30 top creatives designing the future” and Ad Age’s “Top 10 Visual Creatives” because of her mind-blowing work.
The New York Times, Levis, Adobe, Museum of Modern Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Barneys, and The Jewish Museum are just a few of the prestigious corporations that love her creativity.
Happy International Women’s Month!
“I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
We want to acknowledge these amazing graphic designers who are taking the world by storm. From simple designs to making a billions-worth of design, women are indeed too awesome to describe in words!
If you want to check out our empowered female art directors, click here.