In honor of March being International Women’s Month, here are 5 influential females working in the design field. These trail blazing ladies deserve some recognition.

Marian Bantjes:

It would be more accurate to label Marian Bantjes as a graphic artist than a graphic designer. Her work of intricate illustrations and patterns has gained her respect across many industries. Originally a book typesetter, she began gaining recognition as a graphic designer from 1994-2003 when she became a partner and senior designer at Digitopolis. Today, she works in a style combing design, illustration, and typography from her home on Bowen Island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver, BC. She is known for her detailed vector art, patterning and highly ornamental style. For more information about Marian, visit her personal website.

Kristen Nikosey:

Kristen Nikosey is a designer and illustrator whose work is influenced by textile design and impressionistic paintings. She creates detailed patterns using acrylic on canvas as well as digital software. Nikosey uses vivid colors and line techniques that mimic the early impressionistic painters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. She does everything from illustrations for books, to packaging designs, corporate identify, and cd covers. To find out more about Kristen Nikosey and view her work visit

Janet Allinger:

Janet Allinger’s work will entertain and wow you. Somewhat tongue and cheek, she’ll impress you with her witty comic-style designs and social commentary. Janet’s designs are fun, funky and edgy, and I adore her willingness to push our comfort levels. For more about Janet Allinger’s work, visit Janet online.

Louise Fili:

Louise Fili is what we call established. She has won awards from about every major design competition that exists, she has designed over 2000 book covers, her art dominates the New York City restaurant scene, she is featured in museums, she lectures about design and typography, and she writes books. Her delicate illustrations and hand-lettered typefaces stand out in a digital world. Her designs are ornate and feminine. To lean more about Louise, visit her website.