Women in design.

With more women in leadership and managerial positions, the creative industry looks due for change too; agencies like us are evolving with a more progressive, forward-thinking ethos. We spoke to Senior Designer, Jackie Maddocks, about her experience within the industry.

by Chloe George on 15/02/2023

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Women in the creative field is a growing group, but one that has been a long time coming. Women, as in most industries, find themselves on the back-foot with wage gaps, and differing treatments to their male counterparts. However, as the landscape shifts with each generation that begins to pave their way in the creative industries, we can hope to see the continued strength of female designers embolden.

 

Creative Equals’ data shows 75% of creative women have a male boss, and just 12-16% of creative directors across design, concept and film are female. While plates begin to shift below as more female designers emerge from education into the workplace, there is still a ceiling that female designers may hit because of a lack of gender equality higher up the ladder. Just as children benefit from seeing diverse characters on television being depicted in positive ways in terms of race, disability, and sexuality; young women entering the design industries feel inspired by seeing women in senior roles. When talking to Creative Boom, design director Coralie Carré pointed out, “The sheer lack of women in high-level positions undoubtedly impacts the view of where your career will go, even before entering the design industry as a young female designer.”

 

In 2021, Adidas hired creative agency TBWANEBOBKO from Amsterdam to create a campaign for women, by women. With an all-female design and development team, the Watch Us Move campaign aimed to support and celebrate women from all walks of life. To see Adidas not just putting women in the ‘starring’ positions, but making sure that the entire project was a culmination of women in all roles having control over how the campaign portrayed their gender, is an overall effort we need to see more of.

Women in design.

We spoke to Jackie Maddocks about her experience of being a female designer in a typically male field. 

“Firstly, I would say I’ve been very lucky to have had good opportunities right from the start of my career (or maybe I should be celebrating myself – that ‘I’ made the right choices!). I graduated with a 1st Class Honours in Design in 2006. And to be honest, I had never seen my gender as something that would or could hold me back. It just wasn’t something I had really considered. My degree course was evenly split and during my second year I had a wonderful opportunity to work on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother as a prop maker, where I saw a good split across genders and roles.

At the various creative agencies I have worked at since there has been a difference. I’ve seen that most agencies have more male creatives and managers, while the marketing and account management departments are usually more female. With one exception… when I was ready to find myself a Senior Designer role I was spotted by a female run agency and got the job! On reflection I wonder if perhaps the very reason I was finally put into a position that suited my skill level with a pay check to match was because it was a female hiring… I’d like to think that as my career progresses, gender will not be a concern.

In 2018 I took the leap and gave freelancing a shot. It was an incredible experience; I was able to work within a variety of companies and design agencies, where I saw a rise in female led start-ups and females in high level roles. One of things that was very important to me at the time was the flexibility and the work, life balance. As for now… I was ready to start a new chapter in my career and having worked at One over the years I was delighted when they approached me to become a member of the team. I am very much looking forward to the impact I can make as their new Senior Designer.”

 

 

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Chloe George / Junior Account Manager

With a degree in Film & Television studies, and a passion for writing and social media, Chloe loves to use her creative thinking to research, explore trends, and write.

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