Promoting inclusiveness and eliminating stereotypes as a designer

Daniela Castro
Oct 22, 2018 · 3 min read

I believe that as designers, we have the power and the tools to shape the world. Call me a foolish optimistic, but I am certain that I can contribute to make the world a better place.

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Chef illustration

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Google’s search results for Chef Illustration

It’s all about stereotypes.

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Dribbble’s search results for Chef Illustration

Break the rules

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My versions of the chef

I am happy to see that more companies are striving for inclusiveness and diversity; one good example is Sketch with its new update:

“The Names and Faces data sources included in Sketch are ethnically diverse and have a 50/50 gender balance so your designs will no longer be populated with profiles for white guys called Chad or John” — Sketch

I’ve also noticed Invision’s vector illustrations, representing minorities and people with disabilities:

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InVision’s illustrations

Or Atlassian:

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Atlassian Illustrations

And in Latin America — take a look at Hulivida in Costa Rica!

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HuliVida Illustrations

Society is slowly shifting to being more inclusive, we’ve made good progress so far. I encourage you to reflect the values you hold and go ahead and break the stereotypes! Let’s use our design tools to create diverse representation in every day products, together.

If you like this topic, here is a more dense article about diversity in design: You Can’t Just Draw Purple People and Call it Diversity .

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