Did you know that 70 per cent of graphic design students are women; yet only 11 per cent are creative directors? Or that girls consistently outperform boys in all spectrums of education, yet only 18 per cent of the board of FTSE 250 businesses are women?
In response to the ongoing debate about equality, Good Design Australia has announced a new award, celebrating all the talented women in design, which will be awarded as part of the 61st annual Good Design Awards.
The inaugural Women in Design Award seeks to recognise and celebrate women who have made significant contributions to the industry and hopes to encourage a more diverse and equal representation within the industry and leadership roles in particular within the design and creative industries.
“I’m really proud that we are doing our best to lead by example by not only establishing this award but by balancing the genders on our Good Design Awards jury and making that the norm from now on into the future,” says Dr Brandon Gien, CEO Good Design Australia.
General manager of Good Design Australia, Rachel Wye, adds that they want to inspire up-and-coming designers.
“We have created this award to elevate the women that are pushing the creative industries forward, not only to celebrate the amazing work they are doing but also to give up-and-coming designers more role models to aspire to.”
The call for nominations coincided with International Women’s Day on 8 March and will close on 5 April 2019.