Observed

Diversity continues to be a popular topic in the design industry these days, and it’s not hard to see why. According to the 2019 Design Census, designers still skew predominantly white, straight, and cisgender.

In response, many online communities have formed to connect designers and illustrators from underrepresented groups to one another. Some have even created public directories, making it easy to network with (and hire!) talent historically left out of design. 

For our products to be more inclusive, design teams need different voices, so we’ve compiled a list of these directories. Design’s diversity problem is complex, but using these lists to find your next designer, speaker, or consultant is a place to start.

Blacks Who Design
Site: https://blackswho.design
Twitter: @BlacksWhoDesign

Latinx Who Design
Site: https://www.latinxswhodesign.com
Twitter: @latinxsdesign
Instagram: @latinxdesign

Queer Design Club
Site: https://queerdesign.club
Twitter: @queerdesignclub
Instagram: @queerdesignclub

Disabled List
Site: https://www.disabledlist.org
Twitter: @DisabledListOrg
Instagram: @DisabledListOrg

Women Who Design
Site: https://womenwho.design
Twitter: @womenwhodesign

Women Who Draw
Site: https://www.womenwhodraw.com
Twitter: @thewomenwhodraw
Instagram: @thewomenwhodraw

Cartoonists of Color
Site: https://cartoonistsofcolor.com
Twitter: @COCdatabase

Queer Cartoonists
Site: https://queercartoonists.com
Twitter: @LGBTQcomics

People of Craft
Site: https://peopleofcraft.com
Twitter: @peopleofcraft_

Disabled Cartoonists
Site: https://www.disabledcartoonists.com
Twitter @disabledcomicdb

This list is ever-expanding and ever-evolving, and we want to include as many voices as possible. If there’s a directory you think should be included, let us know.