depatriarchise design is a collaborative platform and could not exist without its contributors and supporters. This site is dedicated to all the people who have taken part in the ongoing discussion on the complicity of design in the reproduction of oppressive systems, using intersectional feminist analysis.

Mathilde Avogadro

(they/them) Mathilde Avogadro, is a French Graphic Designer based in Lausanne. They graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design at ECAL. Their own point of view and the re-appropriation of their emotions are part of her work, and it is through social networks that they learns and finds their inspiration. Mathilde uses Instagram as a platform to experiment with graphic forms (editing, texture and colour research). In 2018, Mathilde and Elise Connor began a project called « Good for a Gxrl » during their studies at ECAL, this project is questioning the teaching and practice of art and design across an international feminist spectrum. In 2019 Mathilde and Elise became Artistic Directors for La Fête du Slip, Lausanne.

Céline Baumann

Céline Baumann is a French landscape architect based in Basel, Switzerland. Her eponymous studio operates in the fields of urbanism, landscape architecture and exhibition. She aims through an intersectional lens to create dynamic open spaces informed by the interactive ecology between people and nature. This design work is complemented by a commitment to research, allowing her to explore the collective value of nature and its impact on individuals.

Baumann was awarded the Youth Awards of the International Federation of Landscape Architecture Europe (2018), was Future Architecture alumna (2019), and is currently fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2020). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Matadero, Madrid, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel. Talks include the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the faculty of Architecture ETH, Zürich, the Academy of Arts and Design, Basel, the National Gallery of Arts, Vilnius, and the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana.

Mayar El Bakry

Mayar El Bakry is a Swiss Egyptian designer and researcher. She holds a BA in Visual Communication from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Since September 2019, she has been pursuing an MA in Design Research at the University of the Arts in Bern. Mayar likes to work in the peripheries of design, merging diverse practices in her work. Currently, she’s focusing on food and cooking as a means to create spaces of discourses, exchange and dialogue in and out of academia. Within her research, she emphasises cross-cultural exchange, social relevance and collaboration. Next to her studies and research, she coordinates the Swiss Design Network and co-curates “Educating Otherwise” a continued education programme at the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Basel.

Iyo Bisseck

(she/her) Iyo Bisseck is an interaction designer, virtual reality searcher, machine learning lover, web designer and artist. She holds a BA in Visual Communication from ECAL, Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne. Since September 2019, she has been pursuing an MA in Virtual reality Research at the ENSAM, Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers. She works at the crossroads of different fields such as art, social sciences, cognitive sciences and computer science. She is particularly interested in activist projects.

Elise Connor

(she/they) Elise Connor is a franco-anglo-indian Artistic Director, Photographer and Graphic Designer based in Lausanne Switzerland. She holds a BA in Cultural Mediation from the Sorbonne, Paris and is completing a BA in Visual Communication specialized in Graphic Design from ECAL, Lausanne. She started the project « Good for a Gxrl » in 2018 with Mathilde Avogadro as a way to question design practices and design education with an intersectional perspective. As of 2019 she and Mathilde Avogadro are artistic directors for the Fête du Slip festival in Lausanne. Her practice is focused on community and multiculturalism as a way to observe and question society.

Benedetta Crippa

Benedetta Crippa is a graphic designer and communication advisor originally from Italy and based in Stockholm, Sweden. Engaged across visual cultures and languages, her practice is concerned with ways in which graphic design can expand beyond current boundaries of methodology and aesthetics. Benedetta has contributed several essays to depatriarchise design, among them Dystopia is the New Porn: fantasies of domination and questions of power.


common-interest is a non-profit creative practice based in Basel, Switzerland. Founded by Corinne Gisel and Nina Paim in 2018, common-interest initiates its own productions, takes on commissioned projects, and offers its expertise to non-profit, public sector, and philanthropic clients. In their projects they aim to link socially and culturally relevant insight—scientific, scholarly, journalistic, artistic, or otherwise—and broad audiences through creative means of storytelling and mediation. In order to do so, they apply “designerly ways of thinking across various disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing, curating, and exhibition-making”, as they put it. common-interest developed the visual identity of deptariarchise design *!Labs!* and also hosted the third *!Lab!* called “Pizzas of Inequality. Gender Disbalance as Edible Statistics”.

Griselda Flesler

(she/her) Griselda Flesler is a tenured professor at the Chair of Design and Gender Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, principal researcher at the American Art Institute and PhD candidate in Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Being raised in a feminist household on one hand, and having acquired predominately Eurocentric graphic design education that didn’t relate to the Argentinian reality on the other, Flesler has started researching design as space of the construction and reproduction of gender relations, applying an intersectional lens. Her research focuses on symbolic violence of the university space and the queer uses of the institutional and public space. Flesler also serves as Head of Gender Office at FADU-UBA, developing and applying the “Protocol of institutional intervention in the case of complaints of gender violence, sexual harassment and gender discrimination”.

Loraine Furter

is a graphic designer and researcher based in Brussels since 2007, specialised in editorial design, hybrid publishing and intersectional xfeminism. She designs and edits paper publications as well as web and digital ones, and is particularly interested in the interaction between these media.

Ornella Galvani

Ornella Galvani is a designer and design researcher based in West Switzerland. In her Master thesis she dealt extensively with the design of urban spaces (especially the space connected to public transport) from an intersectional feminist perspective.

Corin Gisel

Corin Gisel is a Swiss designer, writer, and researcher. Corin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands and a Master’s degree in Cultural Publishing from Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland. Corin’s writing covers topics such as design education, dress culture, the digitalisation of the museum, LGBTQ+ button badges, and money as a medium for political opposition. Next to teaching and lecturing at festivals and in school, Corin also co-conceived the book Taking a Line for a Walk published by Spector Books Leipzig in 2016, and co-edited the book Protest. The Aesthetics of Resistance published by Lars Müller Publishers in 2018. Together with Nina Paim, Corin founded common-interest.

Magdalena Goldin

(she/her) Magdalena Goldin is an anthropologist, gender researcher, reproductive health counsellor and feminist activist, currently based in Lima, Peru. Magdalena is a founder of Degenerar, a consultancy that conducts multidisciplinary research devoted to gender studies, with a strong focus on sexual and reproductive health. Magdalena is a frequent contributor to Tribuna Feminista, Proyecto Kahlo, Pikara Magazine and Mujeres Mundi. In collaboration with Maya Ober she has written “Polarised migration: self-perspectives on gold, capital and exploitation of women”.

Francisca Khamis Giacoman

(she/her) Francisca Khamis Giacoman is an Amsterdam-based artist and designer, who by diving into her own family archive, questions the possibilities present within the representation and reproduction of memories. Focusing on the notion of diaspora(s), she explores the mobility between reality and fantasy of the immigrants’ memory, and how this leads to new interpretations around personal identity.

Romi Lee

(she/her) Romi Lee is a Yaffa-based, film-maker, video-artist, and documentary director. She studied fine arts at the Midrasha in Beit Berl and cinema at the Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv. Her work explores memory, and narratives’ creation through the private, personal, intimate, and unspoken rooted in a wider political, societal panorama. Her newest documentary “The hotel” (working title) was granted financial support from the New Fund and will have its premiere in 2021.

Johanna Lewengard

(she/her) Johanna Lewengard is a communication designer and head of the Master’s programme in Visual Communication at Konstfack. Students of this two-year programme are given the opportunity to challenge and deepen their graphic design and/or illustration practice in relation to broader social, cultural and economic contexts. For our platform we had a conversation with Johanna and graphic designer and programme’s alumna Benedetta Crippa about design education.

Anja Neidhardt

(she/her) Anja Neidhardt is a PhD student at Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå Centre for Gender Studies. The aim of her research is to identify and analyse alternative, intersectional feminist practices that could be implemented by design archives and museums in order to contribute to the development of more just design disciplines. Before starting her PhD she worked as a self-employed design journalist and educator. In 2016 she graduated with a Master degree in Design Curating and Writing from Design Academy Eindhoven. From 2012 until 2014 she was a member of form Design Magazine’s editorial team. Anja has contributed to depatriachise design since June 2017, and became co-editor in February 2018. One of her latest pieces is “The Politics of Display. Review of Vitra Design Museum’s Papanek Exhibition”.

Maya Ober

(she/her) Maya Ober is a designer, researcher, educator, writer, and activist based in Basel, Switzerland. She holds a B.Des. in industrial design from Holon Institute of Technology and MA in Design Research from Berne University of the Arts. Maya is the founder of depatriarchise design. She works as a research associate at the Institute of Industrial Design and as a lecturer at the Institute of Aesthetic Practice and Theory at the Academy of Arts and Design in Basel. There, together with Laura Pregger she has developed an educational programme “Imagining Otherwise” looking at how intersectionality can inform design practice. Maya is also a co-head of “Educating Otherwise” – a continuing education programme for design educators at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.

Nina Paim

(she/her) Nina Paim is a Brazilian designer, researcher, curator, educator and activist. Her work revolves around notions of directing, supporting, and collaborating with others. She was born in Nova Friburgo 168 years after Swiss settler-colonialists displaced indigenous puris, coroados, and guarus. Love and fate brought her to Basel, where she now seeks to transmute her daily immigrant anger into care practices of making space. She curated the exhibition “Taking a Line for a Walk” at the 2014 Brno Design Biennial, and co-curated “Department of Non-Binaries” at the 2018 Fikra Design Biennial. Nina has served as the program coordinator for the 2018 Swiss Design Network conference “Beyond Change” and she also co-edited its resulting 2021 publication Design Struggles. Between 2018–2020, Nina also co-led the design research practice common-interest. A two-time recipient of the Swiss Design Award, she is currently a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Design and Anthropology of Esdi/Uerj, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tina Reden

(she/her) Tina Reden is an interdisciplinary artist living in Zurich. She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. In her practice she explores the role of active listening – both as a metaphor and as a concrete, sound-specific practice. She explores sound improvisations, rituals, storytelling or listening sessions as possible places for decolonial, queer feminist and mindful practices – always trying to integrate discursive situations and initiate moments of being together. 

Abigail Schreider

(she/her) Abigail Schreider is an interdisciplinary designer from Argentina and holds a Master’s Degree in Service Design from the Köln International School of  Design in Germany, where she researched gender norms and service design practice. Abigail currently defines herself as “under re-construction process” after the inevitable awakening that gender and feminist theory bring. She contributes to depatriachise design in many different ways, among them translations, knowledge exchange, and on site support during Building Platforms at Beyond Change.

Noam Youngrak Son

(they/them) Noam Youngrak Son are an Eindhoven-based designer. They inscribe myths for the underrepresented in various mediums, from books to performances to 3d printed sex toys. They are excited about the unexpectedness that a well-designed fiction can open up, and critical political discussions that it may cultivate. They use their capability as a designer to visualize and materialize the setup for the technological & ecological bodies in their fiction to play roles in.

Noam refuse to define their gender as neither exclusively male nor female. In other words, Noam socially, culturally refuse to be neither male nor female. Noam refuses every norm of gender-binary. Noam’s identity as a queer person of colour is one of the axes of their design practices.

They’re currently enrolled at Design Academy Eindhoven. Since September 2018, they’ve been running a self-publishing project d-act magazine, a quarterly publication that features their own design projects. The most recent issue of d-act magazine is being sold in 5 different cities internationally.