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Woman in Design: Yanique DaCosta

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Fey Packaging design by Yanique DaCosta

Yanique DaCosta

Art Director, YKMD
Fine Artist, YaniPaints
Atlanta, GA

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

As a black, female, Jamaican born immigrant living in the United State of America, I have always tried to make sure that the voices I represent are heard. I help make room for those voices in a thriving society. In the same respect, female designers help communicate messages and design products that impact the quality of life of women and their families’ experience in a way that only women could.

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?

The Guild Chat Live:  The Guild Chat LIVE is an in-person panel event series hosted by the Graphic Artist Guild all over the southern region. As the Southern Region Representative of the Graphic Artist Guild, I constantly look for new ways to provide value for members and the graphic artist community at large. This event was created to drive conversations about industry issues and resources to educate the entire graphic artist community.

The Mantle Lifted by Ronnette V. Smith: Ronnette V. Smith is an author, CEO and company founder using her talents to help foster leadership in others. I have the privilege creating brand visuals for  Miss Smith projects including but not limited to The Mantle Lifted, a book of inspirational Christian prose, and RVS Group, a business development and consulting company.

Fey Essence: Fey Essence is line of a holistic products created to support the woman’s womb and reproductive health – naturally. They offer teas and vaginal steams in conjunction with chiropractic care, acupuncture, and manual therapy. I had the pleasure of creating the brand identity and marketing collateral for this project set to launch in May 2019.

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

I have always been fascinated by the work of Diane Von Furstenberg. Her bold prints and flowing fabrics can change my entire mood in seconds. She has said “I design for the woman who loves being a woman” and I completely agree. I hope I will be able to use my art to create similar feelings in other women some day soon.

Yanique DaCosta is a Jamaican born ATLien, visual brand specialist and internationally exhibited fine artist, as well as the Southern Regional Representative for the Graphic Artists Guild and a part time bacchanalist.


Images © Yanique DaCosta. Used with permission.