I applaud you and the Shopify team for trying. As usual, you write the most entertaining and relatable words. It’s so powerful to understand the meaningful ideas pouring from someone else’s head.
Yes! Illustrating people with purple skin or using anthropomorphic animals instead of people isn’t truly including people who have been historically excluded. It’s a step in the right direction, but it shouldn’t be the only thing we do to be inclusive.
And bravo for calling it out because it’s one thing to say you’re trying to work on diversity and inclusion and that you might get it wrong and, the unfortunate default which is somewhere between not trying at all and barely trying but claiming you’ve solved it.
This is so good! I’m still stuck at the “inclusivity in people is too hard so I’m just going to draw objects” stage. Thank you so much for all your articles. I’m the only designer / illustrator at my company which is v isolating, but I’m always so inspired and encouraged when I see your stuff. Thank you!
I know nothing about illustration and I found this piece very illuminating.
My only problem is that I’m not a visual thinker, and while I understood the emotional aspects of the narrative you were giving me, I couldn’t picture the images you were describing in words. Is there any way you could add example images to this…
Thanks for sharing Meg — I do enjoy your use of metaphors in both your writing and your illustration.
Your honesty in the difficulties faced when producing illustrations that reflect the world is admirable. Having worked on a piece about Diversity and Inclusion recently, it really is shocking how moving a single piece of the…