20 Woman-led Industrial Design & Innovation Firms. Gender disparity is a real issue in the industrial design industry. Women account for 85% of consumer purchases but the designers of these products are rarely women. Recent reports show that industrial design is skewed toward men, with a whopping 81-95%** male designers in the industry. That is not to say that men can’t design products for women, but there is real authenticity and fresh approaches in design when women bring their lived experiences to the products they use. If you are looking to bring diverse perspectives to your products, we’ve rounded up 20 woman-led industrial design and innovation firms.
Liz Daily is based in Chicago with a focus on technical soft goods and prototyping. She combines traditional industrial design methods with a knowledge of soft goods construction techniques and fabric technology.