Designing Women – Gender is a fundamental principle of regularity and disparity that runs through all components of social coexistence. Design, in turn, is a central part of consumer culture and thus has the opportunity to play a major role in shaping society. Designing Women explores this interaction between gender and design with a focus on the depiction of women. Can design emancipate women? This question is examined in four parts: biological, social, artistic and historical factors are interrelated and analysed.

The thesis was awarded with an ADC Junior Award and with the Maria-Matzner-Frauenpreis of the BSA Steiermark.

Text & Photography: Nina Botthof