Giving entry level designers a chance

over 5 years ago from , Designer

I want to hire a junior designer but, I would prefer to hire someone underrepresented in the design and technology industries. This can include (but is certainly not limited to) African Americans, Latinos, and LGBTQ people.

My issue is, I don't know where to find such people.

So, I ask you DN community, do you have any ideas?

EDIT: Thanks for your responses already. I have updated the description to further hone in on what I'm looking for.


  • Terry TuckerTerry Tucker, over 5 years ago

    Hi Michael!

    Grégoire is right— we will come to you :) I would love to learn more about the design role you are seeking to fill. My email is theterrytucker@gmail.com, and you can visit www.theterrytucker.com to see my work.

    Thank you, Terry

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  • Jordan WinickJordan Winick, over 5 years ago

    It might be smart to expand your search to people who might have had access to education but are otherwise underrepresented in the design and technology industries, such as (but certainly not limited to) African Americans, Latinos, and LGBTQ people. You might find someone fantastic who also brings a different cultural perspective to the work.

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  • Vince SchwidderVince Schwidder, over 5 years ago

    If you're willing to look abroad, India can be a goldmine for that profile. When I was in Chennai last year we noticed that design is still way behind on EU/US, but the people I met were really driven and longing to find a mentor.

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  • Grégoire JEANNEAU, over 5 years ago

    Hello Michael,

    You'll probably find these people by posting topic like this one - so they'll come to you to be precise. Otherwise, Medium can be a good goldmine to search in.

    When I was doing my Engineering/Business dual degree, I realized what I love is to understand how people think to make them feel positive. Decided to pursue that and I'm now working as a UX Designer intern in a startup :)

    The founder was exactly like you are, willing to believe into juniors that are hungry to learn and are putting their guts on the table. Interestingly, the other interns who are like me also found the startup by chance - and not the other way around - it seems to be a pattern there with "non formal education" juniors.

    I really like your mindset and would be happy to talk with you about what you're looking for that job!


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  • Adam Perlis, over 5 years ago

    Also try reaching out to groups like General Assembly. They may be able to target specific people out of their graduating classes. https://generalassemb.ly/

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  • Drew AlbinsonDrew Albinson, over 5 years ago

    You can target folks who are underrepresented in the industry by posting the job in places where these folks might be.

    Try the Revision Path job board: http://revisionpath.com/jobs/

    Consider submitting your company to Good for POC: http://goodforpocin.tech/how-it-works/

    You could also sponsor a podcast by POC/LGBTQ+ designers, post an ad on a site or blog by someone who fits this description, join a meetup, talk to friends who are underrepresented, etc. There are also many wonderfully talented designers on twitter and portfolio platforms which you could reach out to directly about the role if they're a fit. You could also ask them to share it with their networks.

    It's important that you make sure you're supporting these communities (pay for an ad/listing, listen to what they look for in a work environment and/or offer something in return) so that you're not strictly using them to help you with recruiting.

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