As Falmouth Graphic Design undergraduates, we are approaching the industry with curiosity and intrigue regarding the underrepresentation of female designers in Senior roles. We are concluding our research based on a series of interviews spanning a decade worth of female Falmouth graduates and their experiences within the industry. Discussing our findings from our recent publication, we will be considering how we can make the industry more mindful about how it can progress in light of gender based issues.
ICBQ is a research publication focused on showcasing the work of design professionals and students which would usually go unseen. Anything from rejected design proposals to the process work that leads to a finished outcome.
The publishing of the work in ICBQ is important as so much of what we see of the design world is highly polished finished work, too often the presentation of design and the design process are a skin-deep experience rather than an in depth examination into the creative process.
We hope to open up the discussion around work which falls off the radar, we want to show its value and examine the relationship creatives have with rejection. We want to share their stories with the aim to remind students and professionals that although work may fall by the wayside, it doesn’t mean it’s not if any value.
During their last year at Falmouth University, Eleanor and Emma wanted to approach and develop an understanding of the underrepresentation of women within the design industry. As feminists, Eleanor and Emma both have a passion to build on the progress that has already been made regarding equality. ‘Fully Justified’ was formed in January 2019, with the purpose of investigating, understanding and ideally changing future perspectives of women in design. Currently working on a project that voices the stories of the last decade of female Falmouth graduates, they want to compare past and current experiences to determine whether the design industry is striving towards gender equality. Their ultimate goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of female creatives that they can achieve senior roles within the industry.
ICBQ is a magazine led by a group of final year graphic design students at Falmouth University. It celebrates and investigates the unseen and unused work of graphic designers and other creatives in the industry. Our goal as a magazine is to share the stories behind rejected pieces of work and get more people talking about the lesser-discussed parts of the design profession.