Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Megan Colville 

BA [Hons] Visual Communication Design

Hello! My name is Megan and I am a visual communicator from Kildare. My main interests are in image-making and editorial for screen and print outcomes, while also having budding interests and skills in motion, web and speculative design. Giving and getting support from peers is very important to me, as I find the most interesting design outcomes transpire from it. I also find value in making complex subject matter more accessible for everyone through design and appreciate that being a designer allows me to learn about a variety of topics from different perspectives. I’m excited to continue my learning in all areas post graduating.

Project Description: Boundaries

Irish people in particular have difficulties with implementing boundaries in their relationships. I wanted to help people understand the importance of boundaries and being respectful to those trying to implement boundaries. It is a print and social media campaign aimed at college students but has value for all ages. Aimed at Irish people the tov is satirical and informative, hoping to first cause you to smile and then reflect on your own relationships.

Thesis: Androgyny and Dressing for Power; A History of Women and Gendered Clothing

This thesis explores women in power (queens, politicians) and women in the workplace dating from the 1500s- the present. Its main focus is on how these women have used androgynous and traditionally male clothing to mask femininity within these roles. It discusses the pressures on women to portray a strict image of themselves to be taken seriously and for their own practical/ protective reasons. It also brings to light the portrayal and fixation on women’s clothing by looking at postcards (from the 1900s) posters, magazine covers and online articles about these women. By analysing these visuals we can address a long history of gender expectations that in different forms have always impacted women.