Reading Rainbow

Strong Reads

  • Jocely Goldfein of Facebook on Women in Tech Director of Facebook Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein speaks about the importance of getting more women in tech and what’s keeping them out. (spoiler: It’s not chauvinism *gasp*!)
  • Elaine: Design Vagrant Read Elaine’s adventures around the globe.
  • A Woman’s Place Can Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture?
  • Why we have too few women leaders: Sheryl Sandberg Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
  • Why Women Have an Advantage in Technology Audrey MacLean describes herself as an accidental technologist, an accidental entrepreneur, and an accidental investor.
  • Why Women Rule The Internet Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.
  • Women in Tech While people are quick to characterize Silicon Valley as dominated by young men in hoodies, a band of women are emerging to make the industry their own.
  • Who Does She Think She Is? In a half-changed world, women often feel they need to choose: mothering or working? Your children’s well-being or your own? Responsibility or self-expression? Five fierce women refuse to choose.
  • The Mary Sue A Guide to Geek Girl Culture
  • 7 Women Who Are Poised To Take Over The World “In his new book “Man Down,” legal analyst and author Dan Abrams makes a bold claim: women are better than men at just about everything.”
  • A Club for the Women Atop the Ladder Despite its low profile, Belizean Grove is fast becoming what could be considered the world’s ultimate old girls’ club.
  • DesignSex Interested the interaction between design/culture and gender? Erika Hall has started quite the collection.
  • Women at the Drawing Board It started a month ago when I was asked to compile a list of 20 designers who will influence design in the next decade with Paola Antonelli, senior design curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
  • Mad Women: The Great Women of Advertising This week, the Age of Persuasion looks at the Great Women of Advertising. The Hall Of Famers who broke the rules, kicked open the doors and created some of the most famous advertising of our times.
  • Design Feaster's Highlights for 2010 “Like 2009, 2010 was another ambitious year of creativity. Here are my picks of people, places and things that proved most memorable for me:…”
  • The New Face of the Chicago Creative Community “Sitting with the women of Quite Strong on vintage green and yellow couches and chairs, it felt more like a girls night in than an interview.”
  • A list of four ‘don’ts’ for young designers By Jesus Ali. “1. Don’t use women or sex to sell objects and hopes to lonely people. It’s a sad reflection on our society today that this topic is my number one ‘Don’t’. But today, particularly in the United States, the media constantly bombard us with i
  • TED: Emily Pilloton “Teaching design for change: Designer Emily Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She’s teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers’ m
  • Field Guide to the Female Influencers “Like most works, A Field Guide to The Female Founders, Influencers and Deal Makers of New York had an entirely unexpected genesis. Earlier this year, I found myself with the most amazing list of women.”
  • Sneak Peek: The First Book From Marian Bantjes “Over the past decade, Canadian graphic artist Marian Bantjes has taken the contemporary design world by storm with her rich, labor-intensive ornamentation.”
  • Crave Chicago Guides CRAVE chicago innovatively connects urban gals to the sassiest, gutsiest, most inspiring people they need to know in Chicago.
  • Irma Boom: Walker Art Center Design Lecture “Widely hailed as one of the world’s leading designers, Irma Boom has been making books of conceptual rigor, technical virtuosity, and material inventiveness since founding her practice in Amsterdam in 1991. Boom is the youngest laureate to receive…”
  • Rachel Sussman on TED TED Video: Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world’s oldest continuously living organisms — from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago’s coast to an “underground forest” in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.
  • Women in Tech: The Bloggers 11 of the Web’s most talented writers.
  • Beatrice Warde's The Crystal Goblet “Imagine that you have before you a flagon of wine. You may choose your own favorite vintage for this imaginary demonstration, so that it be a deep shimmering crimson in color.”
  • The Graphic Glass Ceiling “Why do you — all three of you — suppose there are so few female graphic designers — or at least so few female ‘superstar’ graphic designers? Is there a glass ceiling in graphic design?”
  • Women in Industrial Design: Where My Ladies At? “How do we encourage more females to become industrial designers? When I catch wind of a design conference my fingers go scurrying across the keyboard towards the URL.”
  • Push Comes to Shove: Maud Lavin's new book “Women need aggression and need to use it consciously, Lavin writes.”
  • The Femme Den “Our end game is to bridge the gap between assumptions and realities about women to explore the underdeveloped opportunity for good design.”
  • Marian Bantjes at TED “In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.”
  • Women in Web Design and Development “There is still a lot of unease among women in the Web design and development industry about their subordinate position in what is widely viewed as a Web patriarchy.
  • Most Influential Women in Tech 2010 “While women in tech may remain at a distinct disadvantage by almost any metric (average salary, top-management representation, etc), there is also plenty to celebrate and be inspired by.”
  • Top 100 Websites for Women “To determine which sites and blogs made the cut we looked for compelling and decidedly female-oriented content, outstanding design, an active community and frequent updates. In short, sheer clickyness.”
  • Britain's Mid-Century Female Designers “On Saturday, May 15, the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, opens a new exhibit featuring the work of Day and two other mid-century British designers—Marian Mahler and Jacqueline Groad—titled Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain.”