Though women have shattered plenty of glass ceilings, those in the realms of tech and design haven’t been nearly as celebrated as their male counterparts. Today, however, women are blazing a relatively uncharted trail at the forefront of next-gen innovation. And along the way, they’re reminding the world of a fact people sometimes forget: Women are doing boundary-pushing work in the digital realm.
Mia Blume, Neri Oxman, Annie Jean-Baptiste, Kate Crawford, and Nahal Sohbati are just five of the women whose projects, companies, and developments are guiding the world into the future. These individuals have granted their curiosity full permission to steer their careers, and doing so has led them to both explore and discover radically new ways of approaching design. Read on to get to know these creative thinkers.
“I spent many years trying to figure out how to play the game and how to fit into a world that typically was built for and run by men,” says Mia Blume, founder ofDesign Dept.andWithin. Before the North Carolina native broke away on her own, she spent nearly three years as the product design manager at perhaps the pinnacle of aesthetic-forward big tech: Pinterest.
Blume notes that her next business venture, Within, arose from usually being the only woman not just on a team but also in a leadership position. “I found myself wanting to connect with others who might be feeling the same way,” she says. So like any entrepreneur, Blume addressed the problem with a creative solution: organizing retreats for female leaders within the design world. “They’re on the rise [and] shaping new teams and cultures,” Blume says of these women. “It may not feel like it’s at the pace we want, but I see it changing. We’re challenging assumptions of climbing ladders and finding our own leadership path.”
Another big thinker who is calling for a fundamental shift in the way people approach design? Dr. Neri Oxman, the Israeli CEO ofOxman和前马萨诸塞州技术研究所托儿教授，在2010年，建立了一个她称之为“物质生态”的学科。Oxman从计算设计到3-D打印的所有技术进步（具有触及的生物学混合）。