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MA Graphic Media Design graduate’s ‘Hidden Women of Design’ talk series returns

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Written by
Natalia Queirolo
Published date
02 September 2019

A series of talks celebrating and highlighting the work of female designers founded by a graduate from London College of Communication is set to return in September and October.

Hidden Women of Design, founded in 2016 by Peckham-based designer and MA Graphic Media Design graduate Lorna Allan, will be hosting three events at the Peckham Pelican – with different female guest hosts and speakers sharing their expertise on specific areas of design throughout September and October.

The series of talks, which is completely free and open to the public, is aimed at anyone interested in hearing more about design and learning more about female designers encouraged to attend.

According to recent figures, women make up just 22% of the UK’s design industry. This is in stark contrast to students on design courses at London College of Communication, UAL – where Lorna studied MA Graphic Media Design and where she first had the idea for Hidden Women of Design – where a huge 72% of students on design courses are female.

Lorna Allan, who founded Hidden Women of Design and has been highlighted by Design Week as one of the 10 best up-and-coming women designers, thinks the issue is with industry, and not with women.


    Lorna Allan, founder of Hidden Women of Design, said:

    “Historically there are a whole host of amazing female designers, yet they were not exactly on the hit list of “who’s who” in the design world – despite being an important part of building and shaping the designed world as we know it. So why were they so difficult to find?

    “I set up Hidden Women of Design to create a platform for female designers to talk about their design practice and where other designers could hear about it. How did their career journey start? When can you call yourself a designer? And, of course, to actually share their fantastic work.

    “I always feel amazed and feel very lucky to have such excellent female designers coming to take part in the talk series. When we started Hidden Women of Design, I couldn’t believe that these designers, some of who easily fill huge lecture halls, would come down to a wee venue in Peckham and talk about their work and their experiences.

    “It’s been a fantastic experience so far, and I can’t wait for the next series of talks!”

    The talk series, which has been running for over three years, span a range of specialisms within the broad area of design – from service design through to print, motion, typography and more.

    The first talk of the new series will focus on print design and will take place on Wednesday 4 September, from 7-9pm. The event is curated by Jaya Modi, also a graduate of London College of Communication, and will feature speakers including Rahel Zoller, a specialist book arts technician at London College of Communication, amongst other expert women designers.

    Following events will take place 18 September and 2 October and will focus on motion and social design respectively.

    Find out more about Hidden Women of Design on social media @hwodesign, or book your free ticket at

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