20 Hot Female Web Designers Doing Great in Design World!


Sizzling hot designs from hot female web designers will prove that, though web design industry has always been viewed as a world fully packed with men, the best stuff doesn’t always come from them!

Female web designers constantly battle to acquire the top spot in web design industry. Though we cannot speak in numbers, recent blog listing posts is clear evidence of the huge difference in the head count of males and females in this industry. The great thing about knowing this statistic is that, though females are considered few in number in web designing, still most of them are reputable.

Female web designers put their heart and soul on their designs. They even reflect themselves on their works. If there is a saying that you are what you eat; in web designing, we can translate that as “You are what you design!” Having said that, what should we expect from these hot female web designers??

But first let me ask you to hold your breath. To escape from the wrath of the male hot web designers and being accused of being a sexist, let me remind you that this article is made to uplift the spirits of young female web designers. This is to show the little girls out there that web designing is not just a man’s world. To prove that 1stwebdesigner is equal in promoting both sexes in web design, feel free to read this post: 15 Most Influential People in Web Design.

Hot Female Web Designers

1. Rina Miele – @honeydesign

A full-time freelance creative director, designer, providing: web, UI, logo + identity, and typography design.

A lady with a humorous thought. Stalking her Twitter account and an excerpt from one of her interviews proved she really is a fun gal, “I make designs and it’s fun and I’ve been doing it practically my entire life and I like colors and when I grow up I wanna be a supermodel and music is awesome and I love watching anything in HD and I love video games, vinyl toys and Lego™ and this sentence is ridiculous” (Rina Miele Interview).

More than ever, her being part of the small population of female web designers made her sizzling hot! Savor sweet designs Honey Designs.

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2. Meagan Fisher – @owltastic

This part of the article will leave you wishing you were an owl! Can we state the obvious? Well, she is the Owl Lover. Imagine what would you feel if you were an owl and this charming lady will stick with you forever!

Meagan is a nocturnal web designer who’s obsessed with typography and textures. You can view her latest works at her dribble account Owltastic.

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3. Kate Hatchett – @katerbca

A young talented designer at hedgehog lab.

More than anything else a female’s intelligence outshines all! When she was still a student, Kate was invited to join hedgehog lab because of her amazing design talent. Watch Kate Hatchett change the world through her designs.

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4. Rita DeRaedt – @ritaderaedt

A pixel enthusiast,  her first copy of Photoshop during her freshman high school year had lead her to web designing. Why a pixel enthusiast, you say? She has keen eye for details! She is always at her best when designing; that made her a finalist in the .net Awards. Check out Rita’s works.

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5. Janna Hagan – @_jannalynn

The worthy winner of .net young designer of the year 2011. She is the creator of A Student’s Guide to Web design. She believes that real-life skills are the most important abilities to acquire if one wants to a web designer. Her stand and action for what she believes in makes her more desirable.

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6. Siska Flaurensia – @SiskaFlaurensia

The Pixel Princess. Founder of the Squeeze of Lime Studio. She originally came from the marketing and sales industry. Her solid experience in that field made her more viable in branding, digital design, E-commerce and SEO, web development and hosting. Getting personal, she’s a pretty girl who loves to travel, sing in the car and eat red velvet cupcakes. Siska’s lovely works.

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7. Milica Sekulic

The CSS Princess. I salute Milica for believing in girl power. She launched the website CSSPrincess to support women who wish to pursue a web designing career. Let’s know more about Milica.

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8. Janelle Hitz – @silkychicken

If we had an owl lover, this one is a unique chicken lover! I didn’t have time to contact her and ask if she loves eating chicken or having them as pets. This is an honest curiosity of mine.

And yes, even her website has a chicken on its name; ChickenPaper.com. Check out her cool stuffs!

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9. Hillary Hopper – @HillaryHopper

Hillary was one of the nominees of Top 50 designers on Design Shack. She is a user interface designer for mobile games and applications. View Hillary’s portfolio to be inspired.

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10. Renee Rist – @RibbonsofRed

Renee Rist is a recipient of the American design award, “Killed Ideas” People Choice Award and Ohio Country Park Website award.Visit her website and learn the deep meaning of Ribbons of Red – her portfolio and blog in one.

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11. Irene Demetri – @youandigraphics

Winner of CSS Design Awards December 2010 and on 2012, the tables were turned and she became one of the jury of the said design awards body. She now run Youand I Graphics and also travels across the globe as evident on her website that she loves to travel.

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12. Hannah Donovan – @han

A music lover! For five years she led Last.fm and now she is a part of This is my Jam. She continues her league to improve music on the Web. We can say that her designs are rocking, literally!

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13. Jessica Hische – @jessicahische

A little girl from Pennsylvania raised by two noncreative people and pursued her dreams of becoming an artist. Jessica proved that we make our own destiny. What we are right now might have been a result of 10% influence and 90% firm decision. Also, she is an over-sharer who thought that more than cons, sharing online has more pros.

If you are starting web design career, I would suggest you contact Jessica Hische for sure she will share her professional views.

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14. Antonea Nabors – @antonea

For her, a good design will be great if it has a functional aesthetics; we cannot agree more with this! Antonea is a typography lover, iPhone fanatic and surfer!

Check out her colony at VelvetAnt.com.

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15. Liz Andrade – @lizandrade

The Internet nerd and crazy cat lady! And to put two obsession into one she named her cat, Computer! She manages CMDShift Design – a one woman studio specializing in creating complete design solutions.

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So far, we have an owl lover, a chicken liker and a cat obsessed female web designer. I suggest you start thinking of involving a pet into your web designing career. Studies shows that pets can improve your health – and for web designers who always sit in front of a computer, some might have stress that only pets can help relieve.

16. Mindy Wagner – @graphicsgirl

Mindy is really holding her top seat in the male dominated web design industry. On one of her interviews,  she gave advice to our young designers: “You want to find someone who will tell you what’s wrong with your design and encourage you to dig deeper” This is the product of practicing what she preached – Mindy Wagner works.

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17. Eva-Lotta Lamm – @evalottchen

I frequently hear someone dreaming of working on Google! Imagine their extremely awesooommmee office and the fame you will get from becoming a part of the most famous search engine! Well, at some point we envy designers like Eva for experiencing that. View her works and be inspired!

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18. Jan Cavan – @jancavan

Oh my glab! She is being followed by Britney Spears on Twitter! How cool is that???

According to what her About page says, she seemed more busy when not designing. Away from design, she spends her time reading, playing arcade basketball, hiking, volunteering, working on personal projects or random road trips. She also loves performing arts, the movies, music, dance, singing, musicals, collecting Happy Meal Toys, DIY furniture and trying to be a bad-ass ukelele player.

Are you surprise on what she does? Not your ordinary girl right? Well, this one will blow your mind. She’s also a break dancer wanna- be! Before we can see her successfully break dancing on the floor, we can indulge to Jan’s successful web designs for now.

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19. Sarah Parmenter

If you are a young lady aspiring to be a hot female web designer someday, you should know and learn from Sarah Parmenter!

Sarah Parmenter keeps on raising the female’s flag of female web designers. She is the founder of YouKnowWhoDesign.com – a Europe-based design studio which specializes in attractive and intuitive interfaces for iOS and the Web. Also, she have spoken in many web design seminars and learning sessions.

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20. Larissa Meek – @larissameek

An artist, a web designer, host and bikini.com supermodel!!!

More than a beautiful physique and face, her being an outstanding web designer made her more attractive. Not to mention her care for newbies in this industry. Larissa passionately answers queries from seasoned web designers to beginners as we can read on her website.

Please tell me again why these web designers are hot!

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Bonus: Interview with Lea Alcantara


Lea Alcantara is a web designer who runs her own business at  Lealea Design. She was listed as one of the 50 best female web designers in the world. Her article series on The Art of Self-Branding  got a lot of recognition from web designers worldwide.  She also gives occasional talks on branding.

To Conclude

I dug the Internet to find these hot female web designers. I know there are more out there that are waiting to be discovered or were already discovered but I missed, I apologize in advance. If you think you are one of these hot female web designers and you deserve to be mentioned, please comment and let us know how hot you are! We surely will create part two or even three of this article should there be more to include!



  1. LinuxZombie

    Have any of you stopped to consider that the word HOT means they are the “Hottest thing in Web Design Industry” ?

    I bet you wouldn’t be so quick to post feedback about it if it was the “20 Hot Cupcakes Ideas” or “20 Hot ways to Fro your Hair.” Only those looking for sexism will see sexism.

  2. kristen

    We give shape to your visions in the form of a professional web design. There are designs that engage and retain the customer, and then there are designs that drive them away.

  3. Sabrina Nicole

    Well as a female designer I’m not sure how I feel about this article…

    On one hand I can see the thought behind writing this article as I do feel there’s a lack of female web designers being highlighted. But on the other hand, this article is seemingly setting us ladies back in this industry by using the word ‘hot’
    By the title alone I thought it meant their designs were hot not their actual looks, but lets face it. – A lot of women are judged by their looks. Even I have been judged by my looks many times in this industry. Exposure is good so I’m unsure if I’d want to be added to this list or if I’m actually offended?

    Either way, it got people talking.

  4. Amazing, and beautiful designers, really inspired and influenced with these beautiful designers and their extra beautiful and innovative work.

  5. The fact that my friend Janna is in this list makes me sick. She’s actually a good friend of mine, and you’re focusing on something so arbitrary as well as insulting.

    If you had any common decency you wouldn’t publish this article at all. These women should not be subjected to something so vain; it’s no wonder we still have big issues with sexism in the industry, and you’re not helping.

    Here’s a massive [snipped for vulgarity] for doing something so ignorant.

  6. Michelle

    This is really offensive and stupid. I’m embarrassed for everyone involved. I won’t be returning to this site, ever.

  7. MSC_

    Listen, I don’t give a crap if your intentions were good. There’s no shame in being a newbie, but in your obvious inexperience you belittle both these women and the industry itself.*

    You article was bad, and your complete inability to take criticism is pretty depressing. Grow up and learn to take things to heart instead of claiming everybody who opposes you is “too sensitive”.
    And all you other women/men here who think there’s no harm in this: I feel sorry for you and I hope that one day you too realize why this is bad.

    *Not claiming that being/saying someone is attractive is a bad thing, I’m saying that your tabloid-esque treatment of this issue is belittling.

  8. Paris Tuzun

    Excuse me! But what is this crap? Why is it so hard for some men to appreciate female designers’ talents instead of their physical looks? Such an understanding exceeds your mental capacity? This is pure sexism and objectification. I don’t care if this article was written by a man or a woman. If a woman wrote this is clearly means that she is bowing down to the misogyny in the profession to get herself a place. In case you didn’t notice we’re in late 2013, it is time women are recognized for their talents and accomplishments not their looks. This is NOT helping women. I’ll be spreading this article just to let people know what lousy articles 1stwebdesigner publishes to gain attention.

    “I intend to show people that these female web designers are more than just pretty faces.”
    What, did that surprise you? Are beautiful women incapable of producing good work? Change that to “I intend to show people that these male web designers are more than just pretty faces.” and see how ridiculous that sounds.

  9. Diana

    I can see this is your first post… maybe the last? This article is crap. Can we actually, for once, describe girls and women as full human beings, not just their looks? It’s the norm having to label “women” or “girls” instead of writing “person”. Why is the label “women” have to be written and what about writing the genders of other people? This implies there are 2 sexes in the world. What about trans? Intersex? Gender is a social construction, especially stupid gender roles.

  10. T

    Wow! If I want to see GREAT web designers/bloggers/writers , this is the right place! Why? Because almost all of the people here who commented on the author’s work seems to know the best. Rather than degrading and insulting the work of a person, wouldn’t it be better to cite the flaws nicely? Everyone has to start somewhere, I am sure all of you also were not that good when you were first starting. Being greatly affected by an article like this doesn’t show your concern, rather your disappointment that you were not included in the list!

  11. mx

    Well… I’m an aspiring web designer and happen to be female :).. My parents would rather have me go to school and become a doctor than a web designer so theres no real support there. Reading this article encourages and inspires me to continue along this path I made for myself. Thanks 1stwebdesigner!

  12. Steve B

    Good article, Ruby. I don’t find anything wrong with this article. What’s the problem with being “hot” and being a web designer? Being hot and anything else is a plus in my opinion.

    I could tell you right now it wouldn’t be a big deal if this article was about hot male web designers.

    People need to relax a bit and stop being so sensitive about this. It’s a damn “hot” something list. It’s all over the place. But, when you apply it to the web design industry, it’s wrong?!? Give me a break. If you’re worried about women being objectified, complain to Playboy or the porn industry, or the millions of perverts that objectify women.

    More power to these hot women and their incredible talents!

  13. Saying that the people who are disgusted by this article are overreacting and need to calm down, really is ignorant. That is why women are STILL fighting for equality…because we get told to calm down and that we are “psycho” for wanting to just do be able to follow our dreams like everyone else. When I read the title and opening few lines I thought that it was probably just some guy that didn’t get that it could be offensive. Then I realized it was a woman and it scared me! Instead of defending yourself Ruby and acting like we are all crazy, because this NOT okay, maybe take a look to see if we might have a point. I don’t think that the intentions were necessarily good but rather looking for a trendy, catchy article name that would “bring all the boys to the yard”. And yes, I read the entire article before commenting. And NO I won’t calm down and not take it seriously, because I am an example to my 9 year old daughter who should never have to think about her gender or beauty when she thinks of her hopes and dreams. But also, thank you, that reminded me to have another conversation with my kids to reinforce that gender, color, religion, etc is of no importance, but the quality of one’s character is everything.

  14. Petra

    OMG Jessica your attitude is much HORRIBLE than this article. If you don’t want to be called hot then what do you prefer?? hmmm… :p

    • Jessica

      Wow, really?! I think “Ruby” is commenting using different names now. lol Same horrible grammar and “tone” but a different name.

      I would prefer to be called . . . .
      Creative, smart, innovative, cutting edge, fresh, skilled, competent, hard-working, etc.

      I would prefer not to be called ANYTHING that describes my body/appearance because that is degrading and irrelevant.

      • Ruby

        Hi Jessica, Petra is a different person. And how I wish that you are not the real Jessica that I look up to….

  15. Marko Petkovic

    What a bunch of people with complexes commenting here.

    She made a list to say not all computer girls are fat cows who eat burgers and spend 18 hours a day in front of computers. Probably the rest are complaining (and they don’t have profile picture).

    I don’t see why guys complain about this list. Read Eric fu**en Mayer or whoever all day, take a look at pictures and move on. It’s probably the ones who feel strong in web design filed and would never had the guts to hit on one of these girls in a bar.

    If there is top hottest list of girls in every profession, why wouldn’t it be here? I agree it’s useless for knowledge, but everything doesn’t have to be.

    P.S. I think few don’t deserve to be on this list, but overall not bad :)

  16. Joe

    What is wrong with this article? I see nothing. In fact it is so realistic. All in the list are web designers, all females, and all hot. And what is wrong about being hot?

    Also, there are really little girls who are starting to code and design. I know someone who does. A little girl took a crayon one day and drew something on her room. That is the first step.

    It is so scary to think that there are close-minded people who cannot view the world on the other side.

    Ruby you appreciate beauty on every aspect of life. Keep looking at the positive side.

  17. Shanon

    Admit it or not good looks helped you get to where you are right now. I am not saying that it’s all that made you there. But don”t you see it as an advantage? Why do you need to get mad to the author complementing not only your goodlooks but also your good works. Pretty embarrasing reactions from all of you. This is life. Wake up.

  18. Jessica

    I just posted this on the FB post, but I’ll put it here too . . .

    Hmmm, perhaps I’m a tad sensitive from recently having to quit a web-mastering position due to ridiculous amounts of sexism in the office, but wtf?!

    Oh, you are trying to lift the spirits of little girls and encourage them to get into the industry . . . why? So they can be judged on their appearance just like everywhere else in society?

    But, no we aren’t being sexist. Here’s a list of male designers too . . . That article is titled “15 Most Influential People in Web Design.” It’s not calling attention to what is or is not in their pants and it is not calling them “hot.”

    But, yes please, help to make us girls feel more welcome and credible in this field because we don’t deal with enough .

  19. Carla

    How about Hot older female web designers. I get really tired of seeing 20 somethings being touted as the best web designers out there. Someone needs to remind people that there are thousands of 40+ female (and male) web designers that bring more to the table that good looks and awesome designs. 40+ web designers not only bring great designs to the table but business and marketing sense that only years of experience can deliver.

  20. Amy

    When I saw this come into my inbox, I thought it was a joke or a parody. Never did I think that 1) an author would actually pitch and write this without realizing how problematic it was and, even more disturbing on this website that 2) it would seriously pass muster for the site’s editors. I’m extremely disappointed. I don’t care about the author’s good intentions. As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I care about what she did, which was write a post that was in very bad taste. And what this site did– diminish its credibility by publishing it. I’m unsubscribing from the email list. Seriously rethink this. SMH…

  21. The errors are in the headlines and text. ‘hot’, ‘take your breath away’, ‘stalking on Twitter’, a ‘pretty girl’ etc. These are not serious points and deduct from what could have been a good article.

    Why do women have to be associated with these type of headlines!

    I was going to offer myself to the list, as I have been a designer for over twenty years and have worked in this male dominated industry, I’ve seen sexism, I’ve seen the pay differences and much more I can assure you!

    Please think a little harder before compiling such a post and as a woman yourself, ‘come on!’. This could pass for an online dating article!

  22. Angela

    Jessica Hische is not a web designer. You missed Rachel Andrews and Manoela Ilic, too. This whole criteria of ‘hotness’ is stupid and sexist. Please don’t followup with barechested men who can code!

    “this is to show the little girls out there that web designing is not just a man’s world. ”

    You seem so unaware of your own sexism. Are little girls reading 1stwebdesigner? Highly doubtful. While I appreciate your intentions were good, I wonder why you think hotness is an important criteria. It is so belittling to these professionals.

    • How the is this complimentary? This is sexist as well as arbitrary; why focus on looks rather than female designer’s work?

      Please, enlighten me. My curiosity is pretty piqued!

  23. Anne

    I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with this post… some people here just over-reacted!! :p
    Go Ruby!! I support you! :) Looking forward for the next “Hot Male Web Designers That Will Take Your Breath Away”!! hahaha ;)

    • Tim

      Hi Ruby! This is you using a different name to post with, right? Same “grammar” and other characteristics, but a different name. We are not stupid.

      • Anne

        Tim, no one told you that you’re stupid. Unless you feel it now, knowing that I am not Ruby. Why can’t you respect that we have different views?

  24. Bugsy

    There are three types of people who reached this post. 1. The pervert who thought this will be a porn post who got disappointed and bashed the author. 2. Female web designers who thought they are not hot to be included on the list who got mad and bashed. 3. The people who appreciate such post like me.

    I can’t see where all the grudges are coming from. If you don’t like the list then make yours! Clearly achievements of the web designers are highlighted! I think what you all said are dependent on how you interpret the word “hot”. And you didn’t even read the whole article to understand how “hot” was describe. They are hot not because they are pretty or sexy! They are hot in the industry of web design because they make hot designs.

    Anyway, I thought most of the people in web industry are professionals. What happened to all the people commenting rudely in this post???

    • Ruby

      Thank you Bugsy for coming from the third group of people who reached this post! :) Let us pray for rude people.

      • Jessica

        I think we need to pray for the sexist ppl who call those, offended by misogyny, rude.

        Something tells me you haven’t been in the industry long enough to understand the amount of sexism we put up with on a daily basis. Getting hired because I’m “nice to look at” is freaking degrading.

        • Trixie

          Something tells me too that you are ugly and not so nice to look at in person that’s why you’d rather be noticed by your skills. But given a chance to be pretty, you’d enjoy the attention too. Booooo! Bitter! :)

  25. This comment is for Ruby. Ruby you did a good job glorifying these girls. They are hot in whatever sense it was meant. You shed some light on them and focused our attention on them. I’m genuinely interested in learning more about them. Since this was your first post I give you alot of credit for trying. Just take the above comments as constructive criticism, don’t take them personally, learn from it and your next many posts will be better. I’m sure of it. Lesson learned. I am not a designer, nor a blogger. At least not yet. I just created my first site alone and have alot more to learn about design, blogging and marketing. Kudos and Aloha.

  26. I have to agree with Michelle Martello and Adrijus G and other people in here having a similar opinion. While the intention of this article is honorable and good, I don’t know why being hot must be included into the equation. Sure, it is part of someone’s personality and it’s fantastic, but does it matter to the world of design? Does it help them make better designs? Talent and skill is one thing, and good looks is another.

    I LOVE the fact that you are trying to empower women and that for once somebody sheds a light on women designers too, not just guys guys guys. But I don’t understand why it had to revolve around “being hot”. In my opinion this makes the list seem a little less serious.

    I’ve been in the design field for 10 years and I started as a web designer, including various other skills in my arsenal over the years, like creative direction, graphic design, branding and photography which lead me to starting my own design business. But I am thinking now from the perspective of a client… and I don’t know that I would appreciate it if the client would come to my studio only because I’m “hot”, even if I might be. I want them to request my services because I craft good designs, I can offer a large palette of designs and I am reliable and serious about my work. For me design is like the air that I breathe, it’s not just a job, it is my biggest passion. I hate it when people mix “hotness” into the business and I know there have been many women that didn’t get various jobs at various places just because they weren’t good looking, which it is not fair to them.

    So, I hope you don’t get offended and upset. It’s just my honest opinion and I do appreciate the article a lot, I would just rephrase it a little, that’s all.

    Good luck and looking forward to your next articles.

  27. Nic

    Thank you for this article. These ladies have inspired me (a female) to continue the “quest” into Web Development. I was feeling a bit deflated about it all actually and ready to completely give up.

    # 5. Janna Hagan – Her website “A students guide to web design” is beyond brilliant. Thank you for this suggestion. It is exactly what I needed right now.

    Thanks Ruby. I read a comment that you were in tears over the reaction. I truly appreciate the content of this article and think it’s great.

    • Ruby

      Thank you so much Nic! I am happy to know that I helped you find what you were looking for! I wish you all the best on your career! I know that you will succeed!

      About the tears, I think what I should have right now are tears of joy for having too much attention. Hahaha Kidding. Well, we cannot get rid of negative people totally. But anyway, it’s a very nice feeling bumping to an awesome person like you! :)

  28. David

    While I understand that this was written with good intentions and I will definitely be checking out the work of these these talented designers, I would love to have seen an article on why these women inspire you (and I) to be better designers. In all honesty, a designer’s appearance is pretty low on why I love their work.

  29. Khalid Pakistani

    errr…. women web designers aren’t …. EXTINCT. Hell, I know 8 or 9 here in Pakistan. =|

    • Khalid, I’m well aware that there isn’t a shortage of women in the industry. The deck is a bit stacked against them in part because of articles like this. We shouldn’t be promoting the idea that their contributions are secondary to their looks. We just don’t imply the same about guys. And that’s not okay. Women web designers certainly aren’t endangered, but the atmosphere does need to change.

  30. Boxon

    Why is Sarah Parmenter on 19. place? Based on some images not used for this Post, she should be in top 5…

  31. I find it quite strange that the editor didn’t foresee the flame war that an article like this could cause, and help the author avoid it. Or perhaps the sprinkling of sexism was the work of the editor?

    My suggestion to the editor; take the post down, admit your mistake, and work together with the author to boil the post down to its real, quality content.

  32. Ruby,

    I appreciate the intention to create an article highlighting women in the industry. There is a serious problem with representation in tech, and I am grateful you’re trying to fix that.

    However, the tone of this article is extremely troubling. There are some very very poorly phrased sentences, such as:

    “though females are considered extinct in web designing, still most of them are reputable”.

    More over, you have taken a group of women who’ve worked very hard to get where they are in a male dominated field and made physical appearance their defining trait. It’s listed along with equal merit as their work, when that has literally nothing to do with their skill as a designer.

    So while I understand your intentions were good, reducing a bunch of badass professionals to eye candy is not a great way to close the gender gap.

  33. Borzás László

    first thing i checked is,if their website has a responsive design.
    keep that in mind :)

    p.s. some of them are really beautiful :D

  34. Brad Colbow

    Rean, you keep saying that the author is a woman who is new to the industry.

    This is your blog and you’ve been in this industry for years. You knew this would be controversial and would drive a ton of traffic. Take some responsibility and don’t throw your author under the bus.

  35. Kelly

    On number 14 you wrote, “For her, a good design will be great if it has a functional aesthetics; We cannot agree less with this!”. I think you meant to say, “cannot agree more”, unless you really do just vehemently disagree with the designer.

  36. WARNING: massive post ahead.

    I would just like to mention that repeatedly pointing out that the author is a woman isn’t helping your case. In many ways, that makes it a bit worse. I understand her intentions were good, but this is not okay. You can’t say this is a counterpart to 15 Most Influential People in Web Design. It’s just not presented the same way.

    That article presents their contributions first. I feel like this article uses language that puts a wee bit too much focus on the “female” and not enough on the “web designer.” Encouraging more women to enter the industry is fine, but don’t do it in a way that implies they’ll be valued for their looks over their work. That’s already a problem many face. Don’t encourage it. And when one image is a bikini shot, that damn well encourages it.

    Not to mention if this article really was about the lack of female representation in the last one, you missed some obvious picks. I mean Naomi Atkinson, Rachel Andrew, Sarah Parmenter, Samantha Warren, and Rachel Shillcock to start. Rachel Andrew and Samantha Warren in particular changed the way I work. And what about Manoela Ilic (Mary Lou) with her near constant stream of tutorials and tips on Codrops? When you claim that’s what this article was about, when the presentation is entirely different, that’s a weak argument.

    And Rean, don’t keep pointing out how upset the author is by the response. That’s rather patronizing in itself. She should be upset. It’s harsh to say, but she totally did something wrong and needs to face that. Let me be clear: the title is 20 Hot Female Web Designers that Will Take your Breath Away. The operative word, and the root of the problem, is “hot”. She didn’t choose “best.” She didn’t choose “incredibly talented.” She didn’t choose “smart.” She chose “hot.” And that changed the tone of the entire piece.

    The fourth paragraph alone is an indicator that she knew something was off in her choice of language. She highlighted an inherent problem of quite a few Women in Tech movements and the experiences of more than a few already here. This is feeding the flames. I’m sorry, but it’s not that we’re thinking too much, it’s that the author (and by extension, the editor, for publishing it) didn’t think enough.

    The complaints from everyone about this article are correct. Recognizing that is the first step toward preventing any more damage. Ruby’s intentions may have been good, but the execution shows she’s ignorant of a very real problem in the industry and I hope she realizes that now.

    • Fantastic. I was so annoyed that I didn’t notice Sarah Parmenter was already on there. I don’t think she’d appreciate the context, though.

      • Mona

        EXACTLY, Ruby if you’ve done your research on your web designers, you would fully understand why Sarah Parmenter would not appreciate this post at all.

  37. Mart Gordon

    Sarah Parmenter wrote a fantastic blog post addressing the problems with misogyny in the Web Design industry earlier this year: . This article and its very title is part of the problem. It seems to be the same attitude to women in an industry as Anchorman lampoons in the regional news in the US of the 70s, yet it is modern day global web design. Please treat females in the industry with more respect and integrity.

  38. Kurtis

    Even as a male designer, this post is pointless, tasteless link bait. If this is meant to inspire women to join web design why do “sizzling hot looks” even factor into the equation?

  39. Hi Ruby,
    I’m a female web designer.
    I would not be impressed by a ‘hot’ web designer – I would be impressed by a creative, interesting, hard-working, technically competent developer.

    Just so you know, when you use the word ‘hot’ in relation to a female, it’s generally a comment on her sexiness/desirability, which is why people are getting upset by this.

    As a female who has worked and studied in very male-dominated environments, all I want is to be able to do good work in a pleasant environment where I don’t feel like I’m being judged on my desirability. I have sat in offices and listened to men discussing women as if they were mindless pieces of meat, ie in terms of their ‘hotness’ – and as the only woman in the room, this made me feel so uncomfortable!!

    You’re making sweeping assumptions about people by putting female web designers into one big ‘hot’ girly category of their own! We are MORE THAN CAPABLE of standing with men and being judged with them. And looking hot while we do it!! If that’s what you choose – but there are PLENTY of female web designers who are inspirational and successful but don’t fit into this very narrow category of conventionally attractive women.

    PS. If it really does inspire you to look at hot female web designers, check out Wahkeena Sitka, she is beautiful (inside and out), talented, spiritual and creative.

    By the way 1stwebdesigner – I’m unsubscribing :)

  40. Rean, I feel you’ve missed our point, and better people than I have tried to make it, but I’ll have a go.

    I’m going to take a guess that Ruby is quite young and inexperienced as a writer. Good for you for giving her an opportunity to write fo 1stWebDesigner. BUT… your role as editor includes a duty of care towards Ruby as well as a mature approach to editing-for-appropriateness for your publication.

    I’ve read this a few times now, and I’ve read all the comments. I’ve concluded that Ruby has proabably hit the wrong tone through lack of experience. But in your role as editor you should have picked up on this and suggested to Ruby that comments about the physical appearance of these women – albeit complimentary in Ruby’s eyes – did not hit the right tone for an article in 1stWebDesigner, which is not a beauty and lifestyle title but a publication about web design.

    I’m not surprised Ruby is finding the fallout from this stressful. She’s been let down. You have a responsibility for the content you choose to publish and an editorial policy should have kicked in here.

    I write about tech for the BBC (and other titles) and work closely with an editor to ensure my articles hit the right tone, even when the subject matter is edgy. I make mistakes too – fortunately, an editor gets on the phone to me before any of my faux pas are published.

    To make amends, why not help Ruby re-write the article in a tone others here have suggested (that celebrates achivements, not physical attributes or personal interests). The list of inspirational women is not wrong, the way the women have been described is, and you can choose to put this right without losing face, without losing readers and without making Ruby feel that she has utterly failed.

    Ruby, you’ve experienced a ‘baptism by fire’. Chin up, take a lesson from the experience and move forwards. Things can only get better from now (today’s articles are still tomorrow’s fish ‘n’ chips wrappers, even in the digital age this too shall pass).

    Julie, in the industry since 1995, winner of 5 lifetime achievement awards for services to the digital industry, mentor and champion of women in IT, not a web designer but thrilled to see so many women with brilliant careers in the sector. Rah!

    • Ruby

      Thank you so much Julie! I appreciate you spending time to give advise to a newbie like me.

      You are truly an inspiration! Congratulations on having 5 lifetime achievement awards! :)

  41. In case anyone doesn’t realise why this post is a huge problem:

    1. These are talented women and yet rather than judging them by their work, they are being judged by their looks. Should we look up to people because they are “hot” or because they work hard, or are talented, or produce stunning designs?

    2. This post is to the exclusion of all those women who didn’t make the cut of being “hot” but who are equally talented. If you are trying to redress the imbalance in that post of influential designers, then why not a post about “20 Influential Female Web Designers,” or “20 Female Designers to Watch.”?

    Why not? It appears that the editors of this blog decided to troll the web design community. This is exactly the tactics of something like the Daily Mail – get a woman to write a post that objectifies women, and then watch as the traffic rolls in. What follows are the inevitable comments “the writer is a woman so it must be okay.” No, that doesn’t make it okay. Women can objectify women as much as men can.

    The writer appears to have made a naive mistake, but it’s the editors of the blog who made the decision about posting it. They should have known better, particularly in an industry where women are often the target of misogynistic abuse. Judging someone by their looks rather than by their work is not appropriate in any industry. It’s so incredibly sad to see that we’re not beyond this.

  42. Brian Hermelijn

    While I do agree that the headline isn’t the best, I feel like everyone is really really overacting here. Besides that each mistakes, is a learning situation. There’s no need to continue bashing her. Other then that, thank you for sharing this post, Ruby. Some of those designers I didn’t even knew about, but I have been following studentguidewebsite for quite a while now. ;)

  43. Jamil Sahib

    I really could not understand the point of this article. Men or women what is special about them. Skills, ability and capabilities have nothing to do with gender. Anybody can be as creative as some one else. I don’t see any benefit of this article unless the author/publisher wants to promote these web designers or trying to catch the eye balls by using the word ‘hot female’ for his own website.

  44. Agota Bialobzeskyte

    Okay, so I understand where you guys are coming from, however..

    You have clearly read the headline, but have you read the article before commenting?

    In the beginning of the article, the author clearly states her intentions, which are positive (and seem sincere).

    In the article, the author focuses on professional achievements, personal interests, and interesting quirks, not on the looks of listed web designers.

    In fact, she even makes remarks like this “More than anything else a female’s intelligence outshines all!” or this “More than a beautiful physique and face, her being an outstanding web designer made her more attractive”, which make it clear that evaluating female web designers based on their sex appeal is not her intention.

    Also, “hot” has several meanings, so it might be the case that she used “hot” throughout the article to refer to being talented not to being good looking.

    People, you are so outraged that it seems that 1WD made a list of hot female web designers and ranked them by their bra size, when it’s obviously not the case.

    Yes, headline could have been chosen better, but read the article and ask yourself does this writer, who is probably just starting out, deserves all the bashing she gets in the comments?

    I don’t think so.


    • Ruby

      Thank you Agota for having a stand for me with all these bashing. My heart sings with joy! :)

      I was so inspired when I saw these ladies doing beautiful designs! I research on their achievements and personal interviews to know more about them. The word “hot”
      is not used to describe their looks or physique. I used it to describe their attitudes toward work and their designs and also included interesting personal facts. What I really want to emphasize is that they are more than just a pretty face.

      I am really a newbie in web designing industry and I admit that I must know more. I am not saying that I don’t deserve to be bash, but I was just surprised how people embarrassed themselves posting rude comments. I am hoping that those bashers are not the people who produce great designs. I will surely be sad knowing that the one I idolize in designing is someone who cannot deal with these things professionally.

  45. Dayna

    Really, it’s mostly in the wording of the title.
    “20 female designers who are hot right now”
    “20 lady designers who are on fire”
    There are a lot of ways to say that they are “hot” in the field of design without making it sound like they are on the list for their looks.
    The bikini pics didn’t help either. Feature their work, not their bodies.

  46. Beth

    This article is horrible. The tongue in cheek use of the word “hot” and the rest of the language used in this article does nothing positive for the web design community. How is this sending a positive message for women involved in web design or aspiring web designers?
    The “15 Most Influential” list is all men and focuses on their accomplishments. This separate segregated lists focuses on how they are “hot” and lists their hobbies and facts from their personal lives like it is some sort of dating site.
    Editors please note: THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!
    I cannot recommend this site to my students (who happen to be mostly women) if you continue to post such blatantly misogynistic articles.

  47. Gem Barrett

    “…let me remind you that this article is made to uplift the spirits of young female web designers.” – how exactly? By reminding them that they have to be considered “hot” before they count as a reputable web designer? WTF were you thinking writing this?!

  48. The fact that this article was written by a woman is no excuse. If you are really wants to help women in the web industry, realize that articles like this only undercut your inherent value in this industry, already struggling with sexism.

    The editors and people running this website need to show better judgment before publishing a story like this. On that note, I will be waiting for the follow-up article, The 20 Hottest Men on Web Design.

    Sensational articles like this have no place in web design. This is tabloid style articles, meant to generate page views and nothing more.

  49. Time-out! people you are taking this waaay too seriously.

    Have you actually read the article? The author is shedding positive light on a group of other female designers and their work.

    Okay, the title may easy to misjudge by sight and the “hot” approach may not be to everybody’s taste, including mine. But hey, the intent was good.

    And come on, its a first post – give her a break will yah!

    • Brian Hermelijn

      Exactly….but I guess as soon peoples see a misuse of one keyword, they start criticizing especially when it’s someone first post.

  50. I think we know the routine here – write a “catchy” post title, capture page views, increase subscribers and ad revenue. Does this article really seek to promote influential female designers or is it intended to capture eyeballs? Are there any legit stats in the entire article? No.

    As a woman in this industry since 1999, trust me, there are many of us out there – running our own successful businesses and creating great work. While we are certainly “outnumbered” we aren’t “extinct” by any means.

    I’m glad you think we’re “reputable” simply because we’re female – but I don’t see you showing pics of Eric Meyer in his swimsuit.

    It’s a shame we’re still fighting this fight in 2013. The internet should be the great equalizer – giving everyone the ability to create, design and educate without having to face ignorant attitudes.

    • Maarten

      I couldn’t agree more…pretty stupid article. I don’t care if a web designer is female and hot or not.

    • Tim

      Yes, Michelle. Unfortunately, for at least a year now this has been the case with this website: “Catchy” post title without any good content.

    • Ruby

      Hi Michelle, I am glad to know about you. :) I actually looked at your website and saw so many great things! I agree to what you’ve said:

      “You have to take risks to get noticed.

      And your opinion (or design or blog post) may not be popular or approved by everyone. One mentor even told me that you hadn’t really “made it” until you had critics.
      Truth is, you’re never going to please everyone.
      And jealousy abounds.”

      You are brilliant!

      • Ruby,

        I thank you for your response and appreciate that you visited my website. I value dialogue – we don’t all have to agree on everything.

        However, as a mentor to other female designers (and as a current educator in the web design field) I respectfully argue that while we may have to take risks to get noticed, we are also responsible for setting the standards for how we want to be viewed and treated. Referring to women as “pretty” or having a “beautiful physique and face” while discussing their skillset devalues their talent and knowledge.

        Generations of women have fought before us to give us the opportunity to work – and we’re still fighting the battle to be respected as equal partners in boardrooms and Silicon Valley.

        Consider removing the physical descriptors and focusing on what matters – the work.

        • Ruby

          Dear Michelle,

          I am with you in this battle. I intend to show people that these female web designers are more than just pretty faces.

          I have listed their achievements and also their contributions in the industry. Can you quote the part on where I described them personally? So I can improve.

          Thanks! :)

          • Mike Fowler


            I believe you need to read no further than the title to catch the physical descriptors. “Hot” and “take your breath away” are obvious plays on physical descriptors, and while your intention may have been to use those words in a context that describes their skillset, nobody (really… nobody) will read that headline on its own and glean your actual intention.


    • Jones

      My only thing to add is you don’t see Eric Meyer or Andrew Clarke posting pictures of himself in a swimsuit on a publicly available social network.

      The only negative thing about this article is they seemingly forgot to contact the designers before posting this, which is in poor taste.

      Also women such as Anna Debenham are missed out because as a talented leader in web and design they seems to grasp how the internet works and avoid being insulted by people posting inappropriate pictures of themselves and listing them on hot lists by not posting those pictures of themselves in the first place.

      I’m not saying is right I’m just saying it’s not surprising.

      Self respect begins at home.

      • Agota Bialobzeskyte


        You do realize that there was one photo of a woman in a bikini in this article?

        Asides from being an excellent web designer, Larissa Meek is also, yes, a successful model, hence that photo.

        I’m really impressed by people like her who manage to be successful in two completely unrelated fields.

        However, I can see that some people, probably those who are not too happy about their own lives, might feel envious of her success, bash her in anonymous comments, and then, ironically, preach about self-respect. Well done!

        You are right, self-respect begins at home, maybe you should start with yourself before preaching it to others?


        P.S. You are referring to “inappropriate pictures” in plural.. Can you tell me which pictures in this article are inappropriate (as in, generally inappropriate, not inappropriate for this specific article)?

        • Jones

          I think you read my post with your own filter on which I really can’t help you with, but I will try to clarify. Also did you read the whole comment or just pick bits out of context to make you feel angry?

          Inappropriate is very subjective and personal to each person. I don’t think a list like this, or even self promotion using your looks, is a bad thing. It’s the pointless outrage and feeling insulted that I was referring and replying to, especially men trying to protect vulnerable future female designers who surely are too weak willed to join the industry because of a perceived sexist article, yeah right.

          Let me explain this by removing the sex aspect.

          I am a web designer and I love snowboarding (clichéd I know), on my portfolio site and twitter feeds I post pictures of snowboards, me snowboarding, and receive jobs because of the image this puts across. I then get featured in a ‘Top 20 Snowboarding Designers’ post and then complain that people aren’t concentrating on my design, or have people complain about pigeon-holing ALL web designers as snowboarders, or have other designers complain that they don’t snowboard and shouldn’t have to snowboard to be recognized.

          It sort of misses the point of the article, do you see?

          So when I talk about self respect I’m not being prudish in my meaning, but talking about either acceptance of who you are / what you post or change it.

          Also I mentioned swimwear because it was in reply to a comment that mentioned it specifically. In the context of the example feel free to swap it for snowboard jacket etc.

          • Agota Bialobzeskyte

            Well, I’m sorry if I misinterpreted your first comment, but it really does come across as judgmental and prudish to me, your second comment explains your view much better.

            I can see your general point, and yes, it would apply to web designers who snowboard, but I don’t see how this applies to this article:

            A) There’s a double standard in our society when it comes to looks. Women are evaluated way more based on their looks. That’s why these hot women lists cause such controversy especially when it lists women in male dominated industries.

            Your snowboarding example doesn’t apply because you are not evaluated on a daily basis by everyone around you based on your snowboarding skills.

            Women are evaluated by their looks to a very large extent by people around them.

            B) Photos in this article don’t seem to be taken with an intention to show off how hot they are (except for the bikini one obviously).

            Your snowboarding example doesn’t apply because these aren’t “snowboarding” pictures.

            Are you saying that if an attractive female professional doesn’t appreciate being on lists like that she shouldn’t make any photos of her publicly available (except maybe in burka?) or else she can’t express being unimpressed with it?

            You see, snowboarding argument sounds great in theory, but it completely ignores the reality we live in, as well as this article we are talking about.

            I think people are a bit too outraged by the article, considering that the article was clearly written by a newbie writer with good intentions, it’s just that I don’t really agree with your point, because, with all due respect, it’s divorced from reality.

            There are many different ways to look at it. Say, I doubt that I’d be outraged by a “20 hot female writers” list like this (I’m a writer). Yet, I can see where people are coming from, especially because all male list is called “most influential” while all female is called ” hottest who will take your breath away”. It all depends on the perspective one takes.

            • Jones

              As I said it’s all our own filter and how we all view the world. I have no idea what it is like to be a woman and cannot comment. I feel my point still stands though, if I don’t post pictures of myself snowboarding I don’t get added to these blog posts, but blog posts like these are double edged.

              I would imagine that the twitter following and potential reach of each of these women has increase massively meaning more jobs and more work. As a male designer I would welcome ‘Hottest Male Designer’ posts if I posted loads of selfies on my twitter feed if I got the kind of exposure I’m sure they’re receiving now.

              I don’t do that. I post blog posts, dribbbles, ux studies, that sort of thing. In fact it’s pretty hard to work out what sex I am from my twitter or dribbble feeds. In fact I tend toward floral designs at the moment so it’s sometimes a shock for clients when we first skype. My first name is Sam so it’s pretty ambiguous.

              I would say in this case the top 2 and bottom 2 probably more so (just from data on how people read long blog posts), though good luck hiring Sarah Parmenter as she is very much in demand and recently co-hosted a great podcast unfinished.bz episode 33, very good podcast for freelancers like myself.

              I would recommend this ted talk too for an interesting insight. Sheryl Sandberg 2010 ‘Why we have too few women leaders’.

              If you post posy selfies on your twitter you’re looking for an edge. Male or Female (though I would imagine this is more effective for women I’ve looked for data on this and it seems women are more likely to post self pictures but this is mostly anecdotal). And each of these women is now reaping the rewards of that edge.

      • LKM

        Yeah, let’s blame the people who are being victimized here — because they post pictures of themselves wearing bikinis on social networks. What a pathetic argument.

    • Robert

      Hello People,

      I just want to ask if any of you actually read any of this article before before you started raving about how bad it was? I am an amateur web designer and computer enthusiast. I really do not know much about the industry at all. But I am learning as I go.

      Michelle yours was the first response I read so this response is for you.
      1. I would like to say the reason Eric Meyer is not listed here is because he does not qualify as a “HOT FEMALE” web designer, as mentioned in the title, “20 Hot Female Web Designers That Will Take Your Breath Away”. your an idiot…

      2. As far as legit stats, the writer did list links to there websites and contact info and I checked out their site witch list allot of stats for each one. again your an idiot…

      This article was very informative for me because I was able to click on each Females’ link and get lots of STATS and INFORMATION on each one. I am sure you probably do not have time for that because you are to busy surfing the web looking for articles to put down and fighting “THE GOOD FIGHT” for females everywhere… I noticed and read this article because of the title “20 Hot Female Web Designers That Will Take Your Breath Away”, I am a MALE and LIKE HOT FEMALES so I checked it out… It got my attention and so now I know about some cool Female web designers that I may be able to do business with in the future, also it is free advertisement for them…

      3. Your the only one fighting this fight in 2013 because you have nothing better to do is my guess, and this is the only way you can make yourself fell good about yourself.

      So Michelle why don’t you write a blog about “20 HOT Male Web Designers That Will Take Your Breath Away” and show Eric Meyer in his swimsuit, instead of ragging on Ruby “The LADY That Wrote The Article”. in case you missed that!!!

      Now before you go off half cocked Michelle I just want to say, Personally I think it is time women ran the world. Men have had plenty of time to get it right and have not done much but mess it up for the most part. I voted for almost every Female Candidate on my ballot last election… I truly do believe it should be a women’s world now and maybe you ladies could fix the mess we made… Everything I said is just “MY PERSONAL OPINION” so please don’t start hating men everywhere because of what I said…

      Now for you Ruby,

      Thanks so much for posting this article. For me it was very informative and interesting. I see nothing wrong with being beautiful, or sexy, or hot, and wanting to promote that. I don’t know about anyone else in the world but for me, I like beautiful, or sexy, or “Hot”. Kudos to you Ruby Keep up the good work and Thanks Again…


      • Robert

        Oh yea I forgot to mention Michelle, I did NOT visit your site and probably will NOT ever be doing business with you in the future…sorry!

        P.S. But from what I can tell, from the picture in your post, you look pretty “HOT” yourself… to me anyway…

    • Markus Unterwaditzer

      I wouldn’t have a problem with this list if it simply would *list* female webdesigners.

    • Kayla

      It wouldn’t have been a problem if it was a list of the 20 BEST or even the 20 SMARTEST female designers. It’s a list of the 20 hottest. Which is a gross objectification of women.

        • Tim

          You see where we’re coming from… NOW?! As in, you didn’t see it when you read the article’s title before it was posted?
          And, therein lies the problem with articles on this website anymore.

        • The issue isn’t that it was written with positive thoughts in mind, it’s that it seems like is wasn’t written with much thinking at all. If Ruby wants to highlight female web designers that’s fine, but as people have said before me, the criteria for this list wasn’t intelligence or a strong portfolio, but instead physical hotness.

          The message this post sends is that the only way for a woman to be successful in web development and design is to also be hot, which is ridiculous and damaging to the industry’s efforts to involve more women in web design and software in general.

        • Catherine

          You can have the greatest of intentions, and still come up with problematic ideas and attitudes.

        • Jeff Barbose

          “But please note that this post was written by Ruby with positive thoughts in mind.”

          And you don’t have copy editors there? You know, non-sexist ones who aren’t click-whores?

        • Molly

          Just because it was written with the best intention does not mean that it did not turn out sexist. The use of the word “hot” might be the only thing wrong with it, but it is the small things like this that makes it so hard to be a woman in the design industry. These are little things women deal with every day that people are unaware are offensive and never learn from and that’s where the real problem lies. I’m sorry Rean, but unless that is something you have experienced first hand, you do not understand the limitations these perspectives create for us.

  51. this list is too good….. so, we have some good female web designers too….. great…
    Looking Forward to follow them all

    • Markus Unterwaditzer

      Remove all mentions of their outer appearance and you’re good to go. Currently this post focuses on the photos of the web designers rather than on their work.

    • Hunter Marcone

      No, folks aren’t over thinking it. The author didn’t put enough thought into it.

      “20 Hot Female Web Designers That Will Take Your Breath Away”
      “15 Most Influential People in Web Design”

      Those are the two headlines. The fact that the first article mentions people, but then is entirely about men, is problematic enough. But then to make this article about “hot” women instead of “most influential” is just scummy.

      Honestly, I sincerely hope it’s just a language-barrier issue and the author meant “hot right now!” instead of “attractive.” If that’s the case, she should go back and update the article with better adjectives and issue an apology for poor word choice.

      • Markus Unterwaditzer

        Well, i don’t think that mentioning only men in a list of most influential people is problematic. If it *is* the fact that the most influential people are men, then *that* is problematic.

    • Sarah

      Where are the ladies is a legitimate question to ask. Having to qualify the inclusion of women who do great things online by ranking them by their looks is reductive and buys into a structure in which women are only as valuable as their physical appearance. This list makes me deeply sad. I guess if I wanted people to pay attention to my designs, I should have spent less time in Photoshop and more time in Sephora.

  52. This is a little creepy…. it’s one thing to post 20 best women designers.. it’s another to do some kind of ‘hot list’… come on that’s for tabloid magazines and like that, not serious website about web design..

  53. Psychoflump

    Is being a caveman something you had to learn to does it just come naturally to you?

    A female web designer

    • Meg

      Its hardly surprising that there are not more female web designers … this is rude, patronising and misogynistic. Have a little respect!

    • cj

      Yes its great to have women in this field, but there has always been women around here who have been designer, and great at it. but looking at these 20 I don’t see any thing that makes me go wow! What aer you offering great design or good looking girls??????

      • In case you missed the fourth paragraph:

        But first let me ask you to hold your breath. To escape from the wrath of the male hot web designers and being accused of being a sexist, let me remind you that this article is made to uplift the spirits of young female web designers. This is to show the little girls out there that web designing is not just a man’s world. To prove that 1stwebdesigner is equal in promoting both sexes in web design, feel free to read this post: 15 Most Influential People in Web Design.

        • Psychoflump

          So it’s not sexist because you say it’s not sexist? Please, you are ridiculous. All this article says to young female web designers is that–just like the rest of society–there are some people in the field who are total jackasses.

        • Melissa

          Yep, we caught it. But couching sexism in playfulness and a half-hearted attempt at “inclusion” doesn’t make it all right. These women are probably already well aware of their attractiveness and would greatly appreciate the acknowledgment of talent that their male peers received in the female-free list that you had the audacity to cite.

        • Jeff Barbose

          So women who are designers are “hot female designers” while men who are designer are “influential people in design”.


        • Fifteen “most influential” people — all men. Twenty women recognized because they are “hot” and just happen to be web designers.

          You really don’t see how that’s sexist?

          FWIW, there are many, many female web designers. We don’t have to look good in a bikini to be good at what we do.

        • Yes I read it, and it made it even worse. Basically the message to a little girl that might already feel at ease in her body is “if you are hot, you can become webdesigner”. Yeahy. What about the ugly ones, do they do a less better job ? Or are they not allowed to become a webdesigner ?

          I still don’t get how a woman could write this :/

        • Jessica

          Not only is this article sexist, the grammatical errors are HORRIBLE!!!!

          “Sarah Parmenter keeps on raising the female’s flag of female web designers. She is the founder of YouKnowWhoDesign.com – a design studio based in Europe since 2003, which specializesin attractive and intuitive interfaces for iOS and the Web. Also, she had been a speaker of many web design seminars and learning sessions.”

          What is going on at 1WD?! I’m unsubscribing, this is trash.

          • Ruby

            Hi Jessica, I am sorry for my horrible grammar. You see English is not my native language but I can communicate using it. There is always a room for improvement. Thank you for pointing out my mistakes.

      • Ruby Pare

        Hey Rean,

        I am not on verge of tears. I am just sad to know that there are too many netizens who are insensitive. It’s just a good thing that I am a strong woman. ;) And I don’t think I should respond appropriately to Psycho with special needs. :) Cheers!

    • Markus Unterwaditzer

      Insulting the author as caveman harm gender equality and the movements around it more than the original article.

  54. Joseph Shambrook

    Brilliant – finally getting more women into the web design and development industry, and we’re welcoming them with shoddy blog posts like this.