Harvest is growing and we’re looking to bring on some good, talented folks to join our team in New York City. We’re going through the recruiting process and will have a lot of thoughts and observations to share in the coming weeks.
One of the most perplexing question I have so far, as I’m going through all the applications: where are all the female web designers?
This much we know about the web: we (women and men) are banking, chatting, reading and watching movies and television shows on the web; and many of us are doing work through web-based applications, which will sooner or later overtake traditional desktop software. Like it or not, our dependence on the web for our everyday activities will only increase. So, for all the women and men out there: would you be happy to depend on an internet designed mostly by men?
I know I’m not. It disappoints me to see only two out of every twenty job applications from women. I don’t enjoy going to conferences and panels where the speakers are mostly (white) men. I see plenty of female students at design schools, but rarely do I see women web designers at a web agency or start up. Where are all of the female web designers? Why are there more women designers for print than for web? How is our industry’s lack of diversity affecting our ability to design for a diverse audience?