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Woman in Design: Ana Aranda

The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra book cover illustration
The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra, written by Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Ana Aranda, published by Paulsen/Penguin Books 2017
Our Celebración book jacket illustration
Our Celebración, written by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Ana Aranda, published by Lee & Low Books, 2018
Diversity, watercolor and gouache on paper, header for SCBWI diversity award
Ana Aranda headshot

Ana Aranda

San Francisco, CA

Why are women designers important contributors to the discourse on global change?

I believe that women working together have a big power to create change in the world. We should strive to work in a community where women have access to opportunities, where all women can have a voice and create an impact.

Women are working in teams, in communities and with governments to find ways to collaborate and have an impact. What was the last project you worked on to improve your community?

I work in children’s books, and I feel very honored to be able to talk to a younger audience. The latest picture book that I illustrated “Our Celebración!” means a lot to me because it celebrates diversity. I was very happy to illustrate very different kinds of women and their communities in a very joyful and colorful artwork.

Name a woman designer other than yourself, living or deceased, that you think made an impact on the world.

I have been very inspired by the work of illustrator Lisa Congdon, and how her art makes me feel. It creates empathy, acceptance, kindness and joy.

Ana Aranda is an illustrator working in children’s books, fine art and murals. Her artwork has been featured in galleries, museums and murals in the United States, France and her native Mexico. You can find her work in picture books in the United States, France and Italy. Aranda’s illustrations often transform the everyday into fantastical situations and whimsical creatures. Her website is


Illustrations © Ana Aranda. Head shot © Feather Weight. Used with permission.