Make Your Mark is an inspirational book featuring interviews with successful women in design and tech.
As a young woman working in design, I have often felt that it has been difficult to find female role models in the design and tech industry.
Make Your Mark aims to change that.
This book will bring greater female representation to both design and tech by talking to women working in the industry about their lives, thoughts and careers.
I believe that this book has something in it for everyone- it will be an important resource for individuals who feel like they are isolated from or can’t find other female designers, women in tech or mentors where they live. It will also be an incredible resource for anyone else who just wants to read interviews with genuinely great designers!
Here are some of the amazing female leaders and creators in our industry who have agreed to be part of the book:
- Vic Bell | Professional illustrator, designer and iconographer.
- Debbie Millman | Host of the Design Matters podcast. Writer, Designer, Educator, Artist and Brand Consultant.
- Alicja Colon | Paper Illustrator and Photographer. Creator and Owner of Thrice Studio.
- Libby Sellers | Design Historian, Consultant, Curator and Author of Women Design.
- Deepa Mann-Kler | CEO of Neon and Visiting Professor in Immersive Futures at Ulster University.
- Karishma Kusurkar | Multidisciplinary Designer and Owner of the brand Karishma’s World. She is also the co-founder of Belfast Design Week, The Design Salon and co-founded the Small Town Big Dreams podcast.
- Caroline Smith| Product Designer at Amiqus and co-founder of FabFit.
- Dani McFerran | Founder and Creative Director of Done and Dusted Design.
I have really enjoyed getting to talk to some of the women who have inspired me as I have started my career, as well as meeting new role models along the way. I couldn't create this book without their help (if you're one of the contributors and you are reading this, thank you!).
More names will be added to this list as the project goes on, so please check back for updates!
I want this book to be a beautifully designed product that is worth holding on to. Make Your Mark will have a case bound 300gsm cover with a matte laminate on one side and foil detailing. It will be a 210mm square book with approximately 60 pages.
I have also designed a range of backer rewards to compliment the Make Your Mark book.
All Physical Reward Tiers-
- Double sided bookmark on 400gsm matte laminated board.
Pen Tool Tier-
- 10cm x 10cm square vinyl logo stickers
- Button badges in one of five designs.
Paintbrush Reward Tier-
- 21cm x 21cm square art print on 300gsm smooth white board. Limited to 50 pieces.
- White foil-stamped, 2B hexagonal pencil.
Fountain Pen Tier-
This tier includes a unique A3 giclee print, designed by me- what goes on the poster is up to you! Please check out my Dribbble profile for more examples of my illustration work.
Printing Costs- Most of the money raised will be put towards printing the book! I will be working with a Northern Irish printing firm to ensure the book is produced to the highest quality possible.
Video Costs- I worked with the brilliant Belfast-based video production team, Creating A Space, to create the promotional video for Make Your Mark. To cover the costs for their hard work, I have set aside some of the total funding amount. It has been exciting to use my project to support the work of other creatives, so paying them for their hard work is very important to me!
Kickstarter Fees- For hosting this amazing platform where ideas can be brought to life, Kickstarter takes some of the total amount of the funding.
Shipping Costs- For shipping, boxes, and other packaging materials. I will be trying to keep these costs as low as I can, because no one likes paying extra for shipping!
Backer rewards- Printing art prints, posters, pencils, badges and the other lovely rewards on offer in this campaign.
Other- This money has been set aside for unforeseen costs, just to make sure I have enough money to fulfill the rewards no matter what!
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my Kickstarter Campaign! With your help, "Make Your Mark" can become a reality and provide inspirational figures to young women working in design and tech.
I want to say a massive thank-you to the team at IxDBelfast for all of their support in creating this project, to Paul McNally for his amazing advice on creating a Kickstarter, to Womenfolk's Christine James for the fantastic support she has given me when creating this project and to all the wonderful women of design and tech who agreed to be interviewed for my book.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge is that, while this is not my first creative project, it is my first Kickstarter campaign. However, I have been working closely with local designers who have successfully funded projects through Kickstarter to get their advice and to minimize the probability of any unforeseen problems.
As this project has been created for my final year project of the Interaction Design course, I also have the help and support of the course's teaching staff, should any problems arise.
I will stay in touch throughout the whole process to keep you updated with the work I am doing and show you all the beautifully designed rewards as they are being made!
To minimise the risk of any copyright issues, all artwork has been created by me and permission has been gained in advance to use any photographs of the women I am interviewing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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