Are you using gendered language in the studio? Here's how to stop

image from the Proud Pronoun Project
(Image credit: Proud Pronoun Project)

Language has been evolving since the dawn of time, with words going in and out of fashion (or even into extinction) to match the climate. We’re witnessing one of those shifts right now, only it’s conscious. We're moving to a world where gendered language has no place, as we try to create a society more inclusive for the brilliant spectrum of people in it. 

Design has always been an industry that can’t afford to fall behind, and it needs to be on the cutting edge of new technology, trends and cultural phenomena to stay relevant. But this is different. The move to gender-neutral lexicon promises to create work environments that support everyone. This is a promise that feels hopeful, as we desperately try to undo the inequity that has plagued our studios for decades (see CB's post on design's gender problem).

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Katie Cadwell is a designer and animator at DesignStudio Sydney.