Tips from the creators of Blacks Who Design, Latinxs Who Design, and Women Who Design

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Artwork by Gabrielle Matte, Samuel Pasquier, Olivier Charland

Diversity makes a difference. Diverse teams innovate better, make decisions quicker, and build more world-friendly products, as shown by several studies.

In the multidisciplinary field of design, diversity exists on several levels, and in large part it’s what makes our work rich. But even when an organization has good intentions of creating a diverse team, it can be a challenge to find that talent.

Enter Jules Forrest, creator of the online directory Women Who Design. Inspired by a Twitter thread in which people gave shout-outs to more than 600 influential women designers, Jules launched the site in May 2017. Elevating underrepresented designers was also behind the making of Latinxs Who Design, which Pablo Stanley launched in September 2018. “There can’t be enough of these resources out there,” says Jules, “And if there’s a problem that there are too many of these, then that’s a great day.” By the time Wes O’Haire launched Blacks Who Design in February of 2019, he had strong models of how to get it in from Jules and Pablo. …

Tips to help your design team celebrate diversity and cultivate inclusion

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Artwork by Emily Simms

Maybe you’re already enjoying a culture of belonging or hoping to start a trend of good feeling in your organization. Either way, consistently reinforcing the importance of diversity is critical to the health of any team.

I’m a Cuban-American UX writer, and a year ago I joined a Chicana design researcher and a Black & Pacific Islander product designer to form 3D — Diverse Dropbox Design, a working group dedicated to the planning, execution, and enrichment of DEI initiatives within our design team. …


Roxanna Aliaga

Head of UX Writing at Dropbox. See more of her words at

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