10 Influential Women in Contemporary Design

To celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March) and Women’s History Month, Design Milk—in collaboration with the Female Design Council—compiled a list of women designers “shaping the future of design.” And while there are far more than 10 women leaving their mark on the expansive medium, this list features incredible talent worth honoring. From Arati Rao (founder of rug and textile studio Tantuvi) to Rosie Li …

Vulnerability and Creativity: North Face Designer Ruth Beatty

As a part of The North Face’s #SheMovesMountains campaign, senior designer Ruth Beatty answered questions at Salt Lake City’s Ladies Literary Club—a historic women’s club. The campaign is the brand’s first global initiative focused on women—and, the conversation with Beatty dives deep into gender, creativity, empathy, and fear. Rather than a weakness, Beatty says, “Vulnerability is exciting.” Watch the full video on YouTube.

Fatra Re-Edition Inflatable Toys

Contemporary Czech designers pay homage to Libuše Niklová's iconic plastic toys

Designer Libuše Niklová contributed to one of the major chapters in the history of modern Czech design through her collaboration with Fatra, a brand founded in Napajedla that has engaged in plastic processing and the production of plastic products since 1935. During the ’60s and ’70s, the designer created dozens of colorful plastic children’s toys for Fatra, which cleverly used its own patents. While we …