17 May '11, 1pm

Architect Barbie Aims to Inspire More Girls to Become Designers

Architect Barbie Aims to Inspire More Girls to Become Designers

Various people and organization have long been vying to get Barbie to become an architect and finally in 2010, Mattel agreed. University of Buffalo professor Despina Stratigakos and Kelly Hayes McAlonie consulted for Mattel and made suggestions about Architect Barbie’s clothing and her accessories. While many disapprove of Architect Barbie’s choice of footwear, the architecture plan tube, and her choice of pink, the designers had good reason to choose all the items. They had to find a balance between stereotypes and pushing the boundaries. Stratigakos defended the choices by saying , “We wanted Architect Barbie to be both recognizable as an architect, which meant drawing on popular conceptions, and yet also challenge those conventions,” she says. “Who said architects can’t wear pink?”

Full article: http://www.inhabitots.com/architect-barbie-aims-to-inspir...

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