So last week I was still struggling to figure out a topic for our project in 701. My professor had a great idea after seeing a couple of my comments from our reading. She suggested using stereotypes as my subject matter. This actually seemed quite awesome at the time, and I believe it still is. However, going into the initial research I was under the impression that surely there would be countless peer reviewed articles and research already done on the subject at hand. I mean, we’re talking about everything from gender to race to dress to cultural setting and background and so on and so forth. Well, no. Sure there are plenty opinionated articles and blogs on the subject, but not as many scholarly or peer reviewed sources as one would think. However, it is quite amazing the breadth of information on gender in design; especially when it comes to women.
One thing that I did find quite interesting is that there are actually more women that enter into the field of design than me. However, by the age of 35 a large percentage of women have left for other careers or motherhood or various other reasons. I guess I never really thought about it. Though now that I do think about it… it does seem that outside of school and my office, most of the designers I do know are male. I never really thought about this before.
Another interesting topic I’ve found through my initial research is the still ever prevalent stereotypical role of women in signage. I still have a ways to go, but this too is something that I guess I’ve never given much thought to. It right there in your face on a daily basis, but at the same time so oblivious.
Now that I think about it, if my research continues to skew more towards the roles of women in design, it may not be such a bad thing. I’m actually quite fascinated by what I’ve found so far.