20 women-led industrial design and innovation companies you should know
As we started to work on this project to spotlight female-led design studios, we quickly realized that there were too many notable studios to fit into one post and decided the project deserved a series. in several parts. (You can read Part 1 here.) We repeatedly hear the question “where are the women in industrial design?” Well, it looks like a lot of people are starting their own studios! Here you’ll find a list of 20 female-owned or run design studios that you should support or hire to add a diverse perspective to your projects.
Treasure Hinds is co-founder and partner of Anvil Studios, a boutique industrial design studio located in Seattle, WA. Anvil Studios designs physical products for a wide range of industries, following a traditional industrial design process while tailoring each project specifically to the client’s needs.
Baby carriers “Shell” for Bell Sports by Anvil Studios
Blumline is a knowledge-based innovation studio led by Natasha Margot Blum, Senior Director and CEO. Based in Oakland, California, Blumline offers a wide range of services including research and strategy, industrial design, service design, experiment design, and more.
Blumline led the research and design strategy for Nesos, a wearable earphone for treating rheumatoid arthritis
Ulla Sommerfelt is CEO of Egg design, a Norway-based innovation consultancy with additional offices in Denmark. EGGS works holistically to combine human knowledge with technology, brand and business and offers a range of services including UX design, service design and industrial design.
Xplory X for Stokke
Jessica Diatlo is Co-Founder and Head of Product Development at Launch studio At New York. Leadoff studio takes a user-centric approach to designing innovative product experiences for customers.
Reusable Eco-Friendly Protective PPE Case for CastleGrade
IG: @juliatroydirects, @ troy.studio
Julia Troy is creative director of Troy Studio in Stamford, Connecticut, which provides product photography, video production and creative direction services for brands. Julia also works as an independent consultant in the areas of ideation, industrial design, design direction and sprints.
Styling and photography by Troy Studio for Flow
Kinder MODERN / studiokinder
IG: @kindermodern, @femaledesigncouncil
Lora Appleton is the founder of MORE MODERN and studiokinder, a design studio that creates collections of furniture, objects and rugs for children of all ages. Studiokinder translates the needs of growing children into useful luxury furniture and works alongside architects, interior designers and developers. Lora Appleton is also the founder of the Feminine design advice.
Residential project w kinder GROUND Rug, Photographer: Dane Tashima
Ayana Patterson is a luxury CMF and shape designer focused primarily on the housewares and hospitality industries. Its services include design leadership, market research, CMF and shape strategy, and branding.
Mixology Box RL 50 by Ayana Patterson for Ralph Lauren
BOA is the founder and creative director of OI Studio, a New Orleans, LA-based design firm that creates custom furniture and home accessories using sustainable materials and processes. OI Studio’s design aesthetic is an intersection of respect for nature, minimalism and craftsmanship.
TCHAD storage bed by OI Studio
IG: @diagramoffice, @yahnopodcast
Diagram was founded by Miya Osaki and Tina Park and is based in New York City. Diagram is dedicated to improving healthcare experiences by seeing through the patient’s eyes, leveraging tools for human-centered design, service design, user experience / interface design , etc.
Patient self-management app for Cahoots by diagram
Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman is the founder of Interlaced design in Brooklyn, New York. Interwoven specializes in smart textile solutions and wearable technology, connecting the disciplines of fashion, engineering, material science and product design.
Fiber optic tutu for the Brooklyn Ballet
Carol Catalano is the founder of Catalan design in Boston, MA. Catalano Design creates physical products for companies in a wide range of industries and believes that good design is a balance between art, science and craftsmanship, supported by user-centered research.
HE560 for HIFIMAN
Large Good Studio
Sara Cantor is the co-founder of Large Good Studio, whose mission is to advance people-centered social change. Greater Good Studio is based in Chicago, Illinois, and combines the structure of human-centered design with the relational nature of community engagement.
Create equitable access to the Girl Scout experience with Girl Scouts in Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Jennifer linnan is a Boston, MA-based designer providing industrial design, user-centered design, user research and testing, as well as UX and visual design services. His work spans a range of industries, including medical and life sciences, consumer products, and industrial products.
Vectra Polaris Automated Pathology Imaging System for Perkin Elmer
Elizabeth Salonen is the founder of Mottoform, a Canadian-based industrial design and consulting studio. Mottoform offers a wide range and works in the areas of product design, textiles / surfaces, housewares and furniture.
Suunto Lumi, the first outdoor instrument specially designed for women for Suunto
Gill Wildman is co-founder and director of Ground, a strategic design agency that leverages user-centered research and design thinking to reinvent digital systems, products and services. Plot is based in London, UK.
Workshop for Human Regeneration in Hackney Wick, by Plot
Product design Anke Salomon
Anke Solomon is the founder of Anke Salomon Product Design in Berlin, Germany. Anke Salomon Product design works closely with clients for the process of product design, engineering and realization.
Knife holder in drawer by Anke Salomon for Wüsthof
Geke van Dijk is co-founder and strategic director of STBY, a design research agency based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. STBY is an interdisciplinary team of creators and researchers in the social sciences and seeks to apply research for meaningful and positive transformation.
Design research projects for public space by STBY for the city of Amsterdam
ROAD is a design and future materials consultancy founded by Lauryn Menard and based in Oakland, California. PROWL’s collective mission is to make the material world more sustainable. With a unique combination of material innovation and strategic foresight, PROWL helps its clients to sustain their businesses.
Photo by Smile Plastics
Ayako Takase is co-founder and director of Observatory, a multidisciplinary design studio in Providence, RI. Observatory has experience in a wide range of disciplines, from furniture and personal care products to structural packaging and interface design.
Aria desk for Herman Miller
IG: @ productlogic.llc
Merry Constantino is founder and director of Product logic, a product design consulting firm in Buffalo, NY. ProductLogic acts as an innovation partner for companies in a variety of industries, offering a full range of services from market research to specifications and production.
Disinfection Station for Allé Designs by ProductLogicLLC