March is Women’s History Month, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate female creatives in design and video. Here are some creative women who inspire us – we think they’ll inspire you too!
Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall has been the Dean of Design at OCAD University in Toronto since 2016, making her the first Black and Black female Dean of a Faculty of Design anywhere. Tunstall is a design anthropologist, interested in design as a manifestation of what people value. Her career has taken her from Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia, to the University of Illinois at Chicago, to organizing the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative. At OCAD, she’s created initiatives to decolonize design.
Paula Scher has been called “one of the most influential graphic designers in the world.” A graphic designer, painter, and art educator in design, Scher was the first female principal at Pentagram, the largest independently-owned design firm. From an early job as a layout artist for children’s books, she went on to design iconic album covers, typefaces, and advertising campaigns. She’s worked with some of the most creative cultural institutions, including The Public Theater, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet.
Jasmin Foster is the founder of Be Rooted, a company creating inclusive stationery for women of color. Foster grew up loving stationery, but disappointed at the lack of stationery brands designed for people who looked like her. Throughout her career in retail buying and brand building, she soon realized no other brand was going to create inclusive stationery, and she was inspired to do it herself. Foster works with Black and Brown artists to ensure women of color see themselves represented and celebrated. Foster says, “I wanted women of color to be seen in an industry that has often made us feel like we didn’t belong.” What started out as a side hustle has paid off – Be Rooted is the first Black-owned stationery brand to be sold at Target.
Colette Perri has carved out a niche for herself in video creation, and it happened mostly by accident. As a child, she created stop-motion videos on her mother’s camcorder and was amazed by the effects. Later, while working at a creative agency, she got the idea to make stop-motion animation videos on her phone for a client’s Instagram account. She struck out on her own and has become the go-to person for stop-motion video, working with clients like Dunkin’, Sony, DoorDash, and Fjällräven. Perri is also an in-demand teacher, giving workshops and step-by-step courses.
Dandan Liu considers herself a “documentary film poet.” Her short films are meditative and thoughtful, proving the power of video to tell a story. A self-taught filmmaker, Liu began her video creation journey during a year living in monasteries around the world. Today, she’s an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and creative educator. She shares her knowledge with others, making the craft of filmmaking accessible to all. Liu says, “I love foraging for unique stories around the world that illuminate the interconnections among us.”
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