depatriarchise design is a collaborative platform and couldn’t 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, focusing predominantly on patriarchy, using intersectional feminist analysis.


Benedetta Crippa is a graphic designer and communication consultant based in Stockholm (Sweden). Benedetta holds a MFA in Visual Communication from Konstfack University where she graduated with World of Desire, a handmade artist’s book celebrating plurality and visual democracy. 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.

common-interest is a non-profit creative practice based in Basel. Our mission is to bridge socially and culturally relevant insight—scientific, scholarly, journalistic, artistic, or otherwise—and broad audiences through creative means of storytelling and mediation. In short, we are dedicated to making research public. We apply designerly ways of thinking across various disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing, curating, and exhibition-making. 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. common-interest has so far collaborated with various partners such as the Zurich University of the Arts/Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, University of Basel/Pharmacy Museum Basel, FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel/Swiss Design Network, London Design Biennial, Istanbul Design Biennial, Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, and Dhaka Art Summit/Pro Helvetia. Their writings have been published by Spector Books Leipzig, Valiz, Occasional Papers, Lars Müller Publishers, and Diaphanes. In November 2018, common-interest curated and designed the exhibition Department of Non-Binaries in the context of the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial, Ministry of Graphic Design.

Corinne Gisel is a Swiss designer, writer, and researcher. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL) and is currently finishing an MA in Cultural Publishing at ZHdK (CH). Her writing has been published by Occasional Papers, Diogenes, Spector Books, Walker Art Center, Lars Müller Publishers, and Valiz and has covered topics such as design education, dress culture, the digitalization of the museum, LGBTQ+ button badges, and money as a medium for political opposition. Corinne has taught and lectured at POST Design Festival, Ésad Valence, FHNW Basel, and Krabbesholm Højskole. She co-conceived the book Taking a Line for a Walk, published by Spector Books Leipzig in 2016 and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2018, she co-edited the book  Protest.The Aesthetics of Resistance, published by Lars Müller Publishers. In 2018, she co-founded the non-profit “common-interest,” dedicated to making research public through creative means of knowledge mediation and storytelling

Professor Griselda Flesler, head of Design and Gender Studies Department at FADU, University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Flesler is a designer, researcher, writer and educator.

Magdalena Goldin is an anthropologist, gender researcher, reproductive health counsellor and feminist activist, currently based in Lima (PE). Magdalena is a founder of Degenerar, a consultancy that conducts multidisciplinary research devoted to gender and women’s 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.

Anja Neidhardt is a Berlin-based design researcher, writer, curator and educator. She writes for various international design publications and teaches Design History and Theory at the Academy of Visual Arts in Frankfurt/Main. In 2016 she graduated from Design Curating and Writing (MA) at Design Academy Eindhoven. From 2012 until 2014 she was a member of form Design Magazine’s editorial team.

Maya Ober is a Basel-based designer, researcher, educator, writer, and activist. She is a founding editor of Depatriarchise Design. She works as a research associate at the Institute of Industrial Design at the Academy of Arts and Design in Basel. In her studio, Maya develops cross-platform projects, which explore production means, materials, and their socio-political milieu, recently focusing mostly on textile.

Nina Paim is a Brazilian designer, researcher, and curator. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL) and an MA in Design Research from HKB Bern (CH). She has taught and lectured in Aruba, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Portugal, the UK, the US, and Switzerland. In 2014, she curated the exhibition  Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th Biennial of Graphic Design Brno (CZ), for which she received a Swiss Design Award in 2015. She co-conceived and edited the book Taking a Line for a Walk , published by Spector Books Leipzig in 2016 and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Between 2017 and 2018 she was the program curator of the Swiss Design Network conference  Beyond Change , questioning the role of design in times of global transformation. In 2018, she co-founded the non-profit “common-interest,” dedicated to making research public through creative means of knowledge mediation and storytelling. As part of common-interest, she curated the 2018 exhibition Department of Non-Binaries at the inaugural Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah (UAE).

Abigail Schreider is an interdisciplinary designer from Argentina pursuing her Master studies at the Köln International School of  Design where she researches about gender norms and service design practice. Abi currently defines herself as “under re-construction process” after the inevitable awakening that gender and feminist theory bring.