Network of women in Australian graphic design


Making heroes of women in Australian graphic design


In early 2016, I sent an online survey out to stakeholders in the graphic design industry in Australia, asking them to list women who had made a significant contribution to graphic design in Australia since 1960. 142 names were listed and the top 25 most mentioned women were approached to take part in this project. Some declined and some asked to bring their business partners into the project

This list now includes 24 very diverse women. Those at the end of their careers and those at the start, women with differing heritages and sexualities, women from publishing and advertising, women who run their own studios and those who freelance as well as women whose practice crosses over into the arts, photography and festival management. All the women featured on are passionate about their craft, are committed to the creative industries and, up until this point, have been notably absent from the history of design. was launched in May at the Women in Design conference in Launceston, Australia, to show how these women are connected through their networks and to offer a primary resource that includes, portraits, videos, interviews, galleries of work and brief biographies to researchers, practitioners, students and the interested public. This website aims to firmly place these women as heroes in Australian graphic design.

By Jane Connory, April 2017

Thank you to all the women including: Michaela Webb, Annette Harcus, Lynda Warner, Rita Siow, Lisa Grocott, Abra Remphrey, Dianna Wells, Sandy Cull, Sue Allnutt, Fiona Sweet, Gemma O'Brien, Jenny Grigg, Jessie Stanley, Kat Macleod, Simone Elder, Chloe Quigley, Kate Owen, Laura Cornhill, Rosanna Di Risio, Suzy Tuxen, Zoe Pollitt, Natasha Hasemer, Fiona Leeming and Maree Coote. Researcher & designer: Jane Connory, Photography, sound & image recording: Deborah Jane Carruthers & Carmen Holder, assistance from William Aung, Website development: Danni Liu & ClickTap Digital Media, Research supervision: Pamela Salen & Gene Bawden, Research assistants: Rachael Vaughan, Luke Robinson, Kristy Gay & Nick Fox.

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