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Busted! This website is about men…. but is it?
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This is what Jamin said in his initial post on his own blog:

“As part of my internship with Adaptive Path, I am writing an essay for the essay section of their website. I’m still formulating what it is I’m writing about, and a colleague recommended I look at design-emotion.com.

The first thing I noticed when viewing the site is a list photos, designers who have been interviewed about design and emotion. All of the designers are men.

Given generalizations of women being more emotional than men, I found this amusing.

Why are they all men? Is it a lack of women in design? A lack of women designers being appreciated? Men being more interested in emotional design than women? The site curator being male?”

I responded, telling him that I never realized and that it was (of course) not a conscious decision. That makes the whole issue even more interesting, doesn’t it? A psychologist also responded and alleged that men and women are drawn to different aspects of particular fields, and perhaps men are drawn to the emotional aspects of design more than women. Interesting point! Especially because of the typical ideas we have about emotion, as Jamin stated correctly:

” If we are to go with stereotypes, you might assume women would be more interested in the emotional aspects of design.”

I am also intrigued by this statement and I am curious about your views on this. And, in any case, please send me some suggestions for leading female design experts for next interviews, as it seems I am not capable of finding them myself 😉 Thanks!

Visit the post by Jamin at Adaptive Path’s blog.

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Discussion (4) Comment


  1. WillemVisitor

    Regarding “you might assume women would be more interested in the emotional aspects of design”: according to stereotypes, women are more emotional. But in my opinion, this site focuses on design methods including emotions. By being part of a (scientific) method, one has to have an analytical, more “menly” approach to emotions. This might be an explanation for men being more prevalent in the industry.

    Again, this is according to stereotypes, and unfortunately gender-based discrimination still is an issue. This could explain why so few women have advanced to the leading design expert positions, too.


  2. shubhVisitor

    Thats interesting , lack of women designers being appreciated !!…the reason can be that appreciation of design involves both creative and bussiness skills…..probably lack or inadequacy in one aspect can lesen the chances of the design being appreciated .


  3. TheotoksVisitor

    Is it possible women designers are in touch enough with their passions/emotions they don’t really need to discuss them online?

    The “emotional aspect” is not separate from design, but integrated — and a given — in our view.


  4. JaminVisitor

    By being part of a (scientific) method, one has to have an analytical, more “menlyâ€? approach to emotions. This might be an explanation for men being more prevalent in the industry.

    The emotional aspect of design is not subject to scientific methodology. It cannot be quantified. Hence the challenge of designing for emotion.

 

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