With International Women’s Day 2016 among us, it’s important to celebrate and remember the women who have shaped and influenced the creative world throughout the years. With a record number of female TD’s voted into the Dáil this year, Ireland is fast approaching gender equality in both the political and public sphere. Here at Emagine we aim to recognise and bring attention to the women of both past and present who have influenced us in their respective fields such as technology, music, typography and design.
Here are our international Women's Day Heroes.
Margaret Hamilton was the Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which oversaw the moon flights and landing. Hamilton and her team developed on-board flight software for the Apollo Space Program, which facilitated the successful moon landing of 1969. As a female pioneer in the history of software development, her work for Apollo and Skylab paved the way for numerous space missions and revolutionised the world of science and engineering.
Susan Kare is an artist and graphic designer whose work for Apple became synonymous with the iconic brand. As a member of the original Apple Macintosh team Susan designed a majority of Apple's user interface icons and fonts, as well as the legendary command key icon, the looped square. The expansion of Apple has changed drastically over the years, but Kare's designs remain largely unchanged, and Mac users continually experience and interact with her work. Her portfolio boasts global clients such as Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and the Museum of Modern Art.
Wyvern Lingo, the trail-blazing trio from Bray, County Wicklow received considerable acclaim with their 2014 E.P. ‘The Widow Knows’. Since then the group have taken Ireland by storm, touring with the fellow Bray native Hozier and signing a record deal with musical giant Rubyworks. Having embarked on both an Irish and English headline tour in 2016, they released their second E.P. ‘Letter to Willow’ with a stunning video to boot. The group are re-defining the notion of ‘girl band’, and offer a rocking, jazzy and perfectly harmonious contribution to Irish music.
Irish illustrator Nicola Colton is known for her whimsical and playful style, and her work has been showcased in magazines, posters, phone covers and stationery. As a member of The Illustrators Guild of Ireland Nicola is one of Ireland’s up-and-coming illustrators, having worked with leading publishing company O’Brien Press. Her debut book ‘A Dublin Fairytale’ was nominated for the 2015 Bord Gais Energy Children’s Book of the Year Award.
Tula Lotay is the pseudonym for Lisa Wood, a comics artist based in Yorkshire, England. She rose to prominence with her beautiful artwork for the Warren Ellis penned Supreme: Blue Rose. Prior to this, however, she had contributed work to many well know titles that include, American Vampire, The Witching Hour and Red Sonja. Tula Lotay is the founder and director of the Thought Bubble comics festival, one of the UK’s top comics conventions.
Vanessa is the founder of Dublin based, Signs of Power, a sign making business dedicated to traditional hand lettering and custom hand-painted signs. Her exceptional artwork can be found across outlets and businesses across Dublin. You can view her daily projects on her Instagram account.
San Francisco based Jessica Hische, began her career as a graphic designer but quickly became renowned for her distinctive, hand lettering stye, earning her the moniker “That Drop Cap Girl”. Her beautiful illustrative type is packed with personality and showcases her superb technical precision. Her work includes brand development, book cover & editorial design, as well as typeface design.