*!Labs!*

depatriarchise design *!Labs!* is a series of workshops dealing with politics of design and artefacts, trying to bridge between theory and practice, developing hands-on approaches to discussing the societal issues within design practice, through an intersectional feminist lens.

Each *!Lab!* is an educational experiment trying to expand and to question the established ways of teaching, learning, producing and displaying design. The *!Labs!* are rooted and inspired by feminist pedagogy produced in the course of decades, and couldn’t come to live without them. They are also spaces for dialogue, personal expressiveness, caring and unlearning – they are never meant to be finished, rather form part of a larger process of depatriarchising design. Using the existing online platform of depatriarchise design, we will share questions, assignments, reflections to engage into an exchange with the wider community to participate in the co-creation of knowledge and design productions.

Our *!Labs!* are spaces where you can explore design from feminist perspectives, exchange ideas, find allies, and create hands-on tools for your daily design practice.

We kicked off with a series of three *!Labs!* in Basel. The two first workshops were given by Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober from depatriarchise design, and the third workshop was conducted by Corinne Gisel and Nina Paim from common-interest, a non-for-profit creative agency from Basel.

with depatriarchise design – Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober
9 February 2019, 10—17h, SP!T – Raum für queerfeministische Anliegen und Praxen
Participation is free of charge.
Please sign up 6 February 2019 via E-mail: depatriarchisedesign@gmail.com
How do you position yourself within the design field? This workshop aims at imagining diverse design practices through illustrating and writing activities. After reading Cheryl Buckley’s text “Made in Patriarchy” (1986) and “Design and Intersectionality” (2016) by Ece Canli and Luiza Prado, we will discuss the current state of the design discipline and our roles in it. The creation of drawings and texts will then help us to imagine different futures of how our design practices could be.

with depatriarchise design – Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober
9 March 2019, 10—17h, SP!T – Raum für queerfeministische Anliegen und Praxen
Participation is free of charge.
Please sign up until 6 March 2019 via E-Mail: depatriarchisedesign@gmail.com
Design is political. This statement is at the core of Vitra Design Museum’s current exhibition which discusses it through focusing on the work of Victor Papanek. We will conduct a field trip to “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” to not only find out which contents it communicates and how, but also to examine to what extent the museum translates the upheld values into the design of the exhibition itself.

with common-interest – Corinne Gisel and Nina Paim
6 April 2019, 13—19h, Unternehmen Mitte
Participation is free of charge.
Please sign up until 3 April 2019 via E-Mail: depatriarchisedesign@gmail.com
This hands-on workshop is aimed at exposing gender inequalities within graphic design through edible statistics. After a “food for thought” introduction – in which we will sprinkle and stir ideas about infographics, pizza, and politics – we will team up to analyze the gender (dis)balance of recent and current graphic design conferences, exhibitions, and associations. Working in groups, we will turn our statistical findings into pie charts, which will take the form of real-life edible pizzas. The workshop will be concluded with a public dinner, engaging the audience in a reflection on gender disparities through an embodied and communal experience.

Visual identity of depatriarchise design *!Labs!*
Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel from common-interest, were commissioned to develop programme for one of the workshops and to design the visual identity of the *!Labs!*. The visual identity that they proposed for depatriarchise design *!Labs!* aims at supporting and promoting of young female type designers. As they wrote: “Simply put, for each workshop, we will select and purchase a typeface by a different female designer. By creating a singular identity for each workshop, the visual identity of depatriarchise design *!Labs!* will grow into a diverse set of positions. At the same time, the identity will function as a type-specimen that promotes emerging names and thereby becomes a feminist tool for graphic design in and of itself.”

The first three *!Labs!* feature the following typefaces:
Vinila by Flora de Carvalho
Nikolai by Franziska Weitgruber
Chimera by Maria Doreuli