Summary from my presentation at Harvard's Design Impact Conference.

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This fall, I had the honor of being invited to present at Harvard’s Design Impact Conference to speak about designing for equity and inclusion. This was an opportunity that was deeply in alignment with my values.

I have a degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley and a degree in User Experience Design from the University of Baltimore. I use both to design spaces that are inclusive and equitable for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). …

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Designers Creating Long-lasting Communities

What I love about the tech design community, is that we are so invested in our collective growth. I find myself constantly looking to network, collaborate with, and learn from other designers in the field.

The following list is a collection of some of the Black Designers across the diaspora who are creating stunning experiences, invaluable products, but most importantly, long-lasting communities.

1. Mariam Braimah @ Netflix Design Team

Mariam is a Product Designer at Netflix. She also founded the Kimoyo Fellowship, which is a design program teaching the skills required to become an entry-level UI/UX designer at Nigeria’s leading tech companies. …

‘Reunite’ is a user generated database that reconnects separated immigrants. — A UX Case Study.

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Project Summary

Thousands of families have been separated due to immigration policies in the US. While many were ordered to be reunited with their parents; today, several have still not reconnected. I designed a platform called ‘Reunite’ to help us visualize what the process of bringing families back together could potentially look like.

Role: Solo User Experience Designer | User research, Information Architecture,Usability testing, UI design, Prototyping.

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When I learned about UX design, I fell in love immediately. The idea of being able to enhance the experience of users resonated with me in ways I did not fully understand. As I became more immersed into the field, I realized why it felt so much like home. Black people work to enhance the experiences of our community consistently. We fight every single day to design a world where we are seen, heard, and loved. …

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Across the board, facial/ human recognition tools have proven to be erroneous when it comes to accurately identifying dark skin colors. These errors show up in two ways:

I. The product mistakes people with dark skin for something /someone else. II. Product is unable to detect dark skin

I. Product Mistakes People with Dark Skin for Something / Someone Else

Google Photos

Google Photos is a platform that provides users with a place to organize, manage and back up their personal photographs. It uses machine-learning technology to categorize photos with similar content. …

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in an interview room for your dream UX or Product design position and get asked “Who’s your favorite designer?” But how many of us are able to name Black designers in the UX feild ? — not many.

And sure, there aren’t many of us. A recent article by Phys points to the latest diversity reports from Twitter, Google and Facebook, which say that less than 5 percent of the companies’ tech workers identify as black.

But it’s not like we don’t exist, it’s just that the few of us who are in the…

Jacquelyn Iyamah

Experience designer and Founder of the Black UX Collective. B.A. from UC Berkeley, M.S. at University of Baltimore. —

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