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A history of women in graphics in Britain

Information about the designers in the A+ show at Central Saint Martins, 2016, names C to D

Carla Matoses

Carla graduated from CSM in 2005 and her career has encompassed creative direction in advertising agencies and setting up her own creative practice. Carla was part of the design team in the Design Lab at Central Saint Martins who worked on Heston Blumenthal's Big Fat Cookbook, shown in the A+ exhibition. The video of the Jaguar car on the A+ showreel was art directed by Carla during her time working in China as Creative Director at Auditoire/TWBA Shanghai.

The Big Fat Cookbook (2008) designed by Design Lab CSM, on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

The Big Fat Cookbook (2008) designed by Design Lab CSM, on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016


https://www.linkedin.com/in/carla-matoses-torregrosa-755b25b

Cath Caldwell graduated from Saint Martins in 1986, and worked as a designer for Conde Nast US, art directing Elle and Elle Decoration. Cath has worked as an editorial consultant to the BBC, and founded the editorial design consultancy Belknap & Co. with John Belknap in 1999. Cath is a senior lecturer on the BA Graphic Design course at CSM, and has written two books: Winning Portfolios (2010) and Editorial Design with Yolanda Zappaterra (2014). 

Further reading
http://magculture.com/at-work-with-cath-caldwell-csm/

Catherine Anyango was born in 1982 and studied at Central Saint Martins from 2001 – 04, before gaining an MA in Visual Communication from the  Royal College and an MA in English Literature from UCL. Catherine works with film, drawing and illustration and in 2010 illustrated the graphic novel version of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" to critical acclaim. Catherine's work has been exhibited in London and Miami, and is currently included in the House of Illustration exhibition, Comix Creatrix. Catherine combines teaching Visual Research at the Royal College of Art with her practice. Catherine made the animation "You wanted it and now you have got it" when studying at CSM.
Further reading
http://www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/catherine-anyango-grunewald/

Dr Catherine Dixon (b.1972) gained her PhD from Central Saint Martins in 2003, creating a description framework for typeforms. Catherine has a degree in Graphic Design and a PgD in Communication Design, and teaches typography at Central Saint Martins, along with running the third year of the Graphics BA and working as Research Leader for the GCD programme. Catherine has worked on design and writing projects with Professor Phil Baines, along with the Central Lettering Record at CSM. As a freelance designer Catherine has worked for publishers Penguin and Phiadon, and outputs for her writing include contributions to the design journals Eye magazine and Matrix. In 2003 Catherine co-authored 'Signs, lettering in the environment' (published by Laurence King) with Phil.

The work selected for the A+ show is part of the hugely successful Penguin books 'Great Ideas' series, reprints of influential books by celebrated writers. Art Directed by Jim Stoddard and David Pearson RDI (then in-house designer at Penguin), Catherine was commissioned to design covers in the series alongside Phil and Alistair Hall. In 2004, when the series began, the type-only, embossed, tactile covers and limited colour palette was a radical look for book covers, and the design team were nominated for the Design Museum's Designs of the Year prize for their work.  

Further reading:
http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/people/teaching-staff/graphic-communication-design/dr-catherine-dixon/
http://www.eyemagazine.com/profile/author/catherine-dixon
http://www.signdesignsociety.co.uk/index.php/news-reviews-jobs/book-reviews/24-signs-lettering-in-the-environment

Christine McCauley is an illustrator, artist, printmaker and university lecturer who moved from Liverpool to London to study at the Royal College of Art. Christine taught at the Central School in the mid 1980s and she is currently a Senior Lecturer at Westminster University. Christine's work has been collected privately and by the Museum of London; included in Young Contemporaries at the Whitechapel, and she was an award winner in the Sainsburys' Images for Today competition. Christine's work has been commissioned by Spare Rib, the Women's Press, Pandora Press, Routledge Keegan Paul and Penguin Educational. For the A+ exhibition, Christine selected a cover illustration she produced for Spare Rib magazine in 1982.

Claire Leighton (1898–1989) studied wood engraving at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, following earlier training at Brighton School of Art and The Slade. Claire was a illustrator, wood engraver, painter, writer, teacher; and designer of posters, ceramics and stained glass windows. Successful in both Britain and North America, her work is held in the permanent collections the V&A, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and the National Museum of Women's Art, Washington DC.

http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/8aa/8aa103.htm

http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/faculty-of-arts-brighton/alumni-and-associates/associates-and-alumni/graphic/leighton,-clare-1899-1989

Clare Skeats

Clare is a book designer and art director. Graduating in 1997, Clare worked in-house for Penguin Books, Random House and Margaret Howell before going freelance in 2004. As an independent practitioner Clare has produced cover and internal designs for a variety of clients, including Pushkin Press, the publisher rebranded in 2012 by Clare in collaboration with David Pearson.

 An Associate Lecturer on the CSM Foundation course since 2009, Clare notes one of the many rewards of teaching is 'enabling young people at the very start of their career to understand – and sometimes redefine – what visual communication is, and can be'.

Blanche Vaughan's book 'Egg' (published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2015) and designed by Clare, was included in the A+ exhibition. Clare won an ABCD award for the design of this book. 

"Egg" designed by Clare Skeats (2015) displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

"Egg" designed by Clare Skeats (2015) displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

http://www.clareskeats.co.uk/
http://www.casualoptimist.com/blog/2010/11/16/q-a-with-clare-skeats/
https://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2016/march/the-abcd-awards-book-covers-of-the-year/

Debbie Cook

Debbie taught on the BA Graphic Design course at Central Saint Martins from 2000 to 2005, and now teaches Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. Debbie's career encompasses design and illustration for animation, postage stamps, books, newspapers, posters, advertising campaigns, TV graphics and museums. She has spoken about illustration on Radio 4, BBC 1, and lectured internationally. In the 1980s Debbie worked for the Observer newspaper. Since the late 1990s her practice has developed to include consultancy, curating and commissioning for design. Her work is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

One of a set of stamps commissioned by the Post Office (1987) by Debbie Cook. Image credit Debbie Cook http://debbiecook.co.uk/

One of a set of stamps commissioned by the Post Office (1987) by Debbie Cook. Image credit Debbie Cook http://debbiecook.co.uk/

http://debbiecook.co.uk/
http://www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/debbie-cook/

Dora Batty (1900–96) taught textile design at The Central School from 1932, and was head of department from 1950 to 1958. Dora was a notable designer in many media, and numerous examples of her graphic and other work are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum. In the 1920s and 30s she was London Transport's most prolific female poster designer; she also designed for the large UK business Mac Fisheries and the ceramics companies Poole Potteries and Carter & Co.

A photographic reprint of her 1924 Foxgloves poster is included in the A+  exhibition by kind permission of The London Transport Museum. Design writer Ruth Artmonsky discusses the substantial contribution of Dora Batty and other female designers to London's transport posters in her 2012 book Designing Women, and notes 'one might have thought Dora Batty and Herry [Heather] Perry would have been recognised along with the McKnight Kauffers of the poster world'. In 2015 London Transport exhibited poster designs by female designers to coincide with International Women's day, in the display A Century of Creative Women.
Artmonsky, R, 2012, Designing Women published by Artmonsky Arts
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/news-articles/celebrating-a-century-of-creative-women
http://www.redonline.co.uk/red-women/blogs/the-women-keeping-us-stylish-on-the-tube-since-1910