Assumptions

From: Anonymous 

I am a student in a Digital Design university program. A particular professor I have a class with is an affiliate professor in his first semester teaching. He is a Creative Director at a local design firm, thus an expert in the field. There is a system in our program where exceptional work from previous semesters is available to be shown as examples in future classes. All of the examples from last semester happened to be female students. (Although the files where only labeled with their last name, so you wouldn’t be able to tell their gender until opening their presentation where their full name is stated.) When showing the examples, he would assume that each was designed by a male student, starting by saying “So this guy… Oh actually it’s a female student named ____.”

I have seen some lists include the design field with STEM fields, so I’m not sure if this is appropriate for this blog. But I think this really highlights the misconception that women and men design differently or better than one or the other. I think he assumed exemplary work chosen would be designed by men and didn’t think anything of it when he realized he made the same mistake three times in a row.

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