Rethink Your Role Models: 5 Women You Need to Know

Who's your favorite female graphic designer? Do you have one? Fantastic! No? You're not alone. Even with an education in art or design, a lot of us can't name many influential ladies, and it's not because they aren't out there. There are plenty of accomplished women who have helped to shape the design aesthetics, experiences, and trends we love. So what better topic for our inaugural post than a quick who's who starter course? Introducing your new role models!

Paula Scher: THE ICON

From her work at CBS Records to her legendary napkin sketch of the Citibank logo, Paula has been a force in the industry for over 30 years. To view more of Paula’s work, visit


Jessica Walsh: THE IT GIRL

Protegé and partner to Stefan Sagmeister, Jessica has already accomplished so much at the young age of 27 – and it’s clear that she’s just getting started! To view more of Jessica’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter: @jessicawalsh



Louise founded her 3-person studio, Louise Fili, Ltd., in 1989. She is world renowned for her lettering, which is still done fully by hand. To view more of Louise’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter: @louisefili



As host of the first design podcast, co-founder of the first Masters program in branding, and president of the Design Group at Sterling Brands, Debbie is a true pioneer of female leadership in the industry. To view more of Debbie’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter: @debbiemillman


Ellen Lupton: THE CURATOR

As Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Ellen certainly has her finger on the pulse of the industry, simultaneously recognizing the current design greats while also helping to influence the next generation. To view more of Ellen’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter: @ellenLupton


Inspired by these fabulous designers? So are we! Stay tuned as we reaffirm the importance of women in creative roles through spotlights, interviews, reviews and more!