Minorities in Web Design
As of late, there is a lot of talk about the lack of minorities in the web industry and there has been little response to the topic. To be clear, I am not one, but one of my friends and co-worker is and he wanted to share his experience and thoughts on the topic. So, this is article is a guest post from Martin Duran. I’ve read over the article and really enjoyed his thoughts on the subject and hope many more in our industry can appreciate his words as well.
Every now and then, I’ll hear talks about minorities in web design sprinkled into conversation. To be clear, minorities, in this article, pertain to women, Latinos, blacks, and any other classes of
people you don’t see very often around your office.
Why are there minorities in web design?
It’s 2014, equal opportunity is rather prevalent. People of different genders can, frankly, be/do whatever they want. So, why do we see so few women, Latinos, and blacks in web design? I think we could all agree that our culture/industry is pretty exciting. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?
I can’t shed light on why exactly there are still obvious minorities in web design. There are probably multiple reasons. I can, however, tell my story.
I’m a minority, I’m a web designer
I recently accepted a front end developer position at the “best place for nerds to work,” The Nerdery. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I was sitting at my desk when I thought, “Hmm, I’ve only met one other Latino.” We are a company of 400+ professionals, and, while I haven’t met everyone, I’ve only met one other Latino.
Being born in 1989, I’ve grown up as a member of Generation Y and have been exposed to various cultures and lifestyles throughout my life. Honestly, I’ve never felt like a minority anywhere. I don’t feel like a minority at the Nerdery either. Sure, factually I am. However, no one during my time, roughly 3 years, as a front end developer has ever made me feel not welcome.
Maybe it’s my generation; we are more tolerant. Nah, I think it’s our industry. We are and typically work with smart people. We share a passion inseparable by race or gender.
Ultimately, the community surrounding the web industry is one of the best I’ve ever been a partof. Whether you’re black, a women, or white, if you are interested in joining us, the door is open. After all, code is a universal language.
In response to this article, I had a reader, Marc Manley, who has written about his experiences with minorities in web design. Please be sure to give his article, Where Have All the Black Web Designer Gone, I enjoyed it very much.