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The Layout of History: Analyzing the Hidden History of Women Through Design
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication (DIV).
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Layout of History is a visual and written research on the lack of women in history, the notion of feminine design, and how one affects the other. The research starts out from my memories as a child, discovering that my favourite colour pink was a girlish colour, and that that was something negative, and how later, the notion that the feminine was something less in design got affirmed by my teachers in university, when studying graphic design at a bachelor level. Simultaneously the lack of women in history books has not gone unnoticed by me and has troubled me since my teenage years. During my bachelor studies I reproduced a history map of Iceland, counting men in the hundreds, while women mentioned by name where only two. These experiences and memories lead me to researching both. For that purpose I researched 50 Icelandic history book covers and 50 Icelandic women’s history book covers. The research conducts of my personal story of me going deep within the subject, my theories, memories and experiences; analysing of data; survey and design experiments. The research concludes that the lack of women in national history books, the effort it takes to find them and the different visual language of the books contribute to a continuing inequality and a separation between the genders. It is due time to rethink how to write a more inclusive history in order to take a step forward towards full equality. At the same time the separation of genders needs to be questioned and we need to move forward from marking a gender with a visual language.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 296 p.
Keyword [en]
History, Women's History, Women, Design, Feminine Design, Design Research, Iceland
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Design History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-5910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:konstfack-5910DiVA: diva2:1113919
Educational program
Visual Communication (Master)
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Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2017-08-16Bibliographically approved

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