In 2019, I created the Black UX Collective to amplify Black UX designers, product designers, user researchers, content strategists, and data scientists in tech and beyond. Products, experiences, and services are being designed without Black people in mind. It is clear that there is a lack of Black designers in these room making critical design decisions. After about a year of design leaders reaching out to me about how to build and retain diverse teams, I decided to create a talent network to make the process easier.
I began writing Medium posts for Black UX Collective, showcasing designers work on the Black UX Collective Instagram page, and finally, after about a year of design leaders in companies like Zero Grocery, Docusign, Bandcamp, and Robinhood, reaching out to me about how to connect with Black designers, and build diverse teams, I decided to create a talent network that connects these companies to Black designers.