Unequal Stories: Pedagogic responses to gender inequality in Design

Cook, Robyn ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4265-6716 (2023) Unequal Stories: Pedagogic responses to gender inequality in Design. Korean Society of Typography, 25. pp. 86-101. ISSN 2093-1166

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Abstract / Summary

The Design Economies Report 2018 identified that the UK’s design workforce is 78% male despite women making up 63% of students studying creative arts and design at university. These statistics are echoed in a South African context, with extreme gender imbalances in the disciplines of architecture, multimedia and industrial design. Working cross-nationally, researchers at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa (RSA) and Falmouth University in the United Kingdom (UK) developed Unequal Stories, a multi-method research project that sought to assess gender diversity, equality and representation across different creative disciplines in HE and Industry in the UK and RSA, and respond to the findings through a pedagogic intervention.

Within the scope of this paper, I will share some of the findings of this research, and discuss the student-led outcomes in the form of a speculative timeline that seeks question: What might society look like if design does become more inclusive...? And what might it look like if it doesn’t…?

Item Type: Article
ISSN: 2093-1166
Subjects: Education
Arts > Graphic Arts
Courses by Department: The School of Communication > Graphic Design
Depositing User: Robyn Cook
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2023 09:49
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 19:58
URI: https://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/5189

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