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About this project

Women Who Design is a Twitter profile directory of inspiring women in the design industry. It aims to help people find notable voices to follow on Twitter that are most interesting to them.

I got the idea to build Women Who Design after a recent Twitter thread generated a huge list of amazing women who work on all different aspects of design. A few people were joking around that the thread was a great place to find potential recruits and I realized I had a different need: I’m not trying to recruit anyone but I’d love to find women who are excelling at specific things that I'm interested in or trying to learn more about. It also seemed like a waste to let the list get lost in all the noise on Twitter, so I decided to use it as a jumping off point and record each woman's profile in a free-standing, sortable directory.

That list was just the beginning. If you know an inspiring woman who's important and valuable to the design industry, please nominate her here.



Why Twitter?

In the right context, Twitter can be an incredibly valuable resource for designers. With relatively low friction, people can easily post new work, share relevant articles and have direct conversations with both their peers and industry leaders. It’s also a place where people go to voice critiques of the industry itself, which are sometimes difficult to see or talk about. By making it easier for people to follow notable women who design, I hope to bring greater attention to their contributions as well as their criticisms. There are currently no plans to connect this directory to other services or networks.

How does filtering work?

Short answer: by letting each woman define herself.

Long answer: Women Who Design pulls in each woman's Twitter profile every 24 hours and searches her bio section for common keywords. For example, if a woman describes herself on Twitter as a developer, an author and a speaker, she will show up under the developer, author and speaker filters. The filter categories will be updated as more profiles are added and new patterns emerge.

How can I opt out?

If you've been featured on this website and you'd rather not be, please send a DM to @womenwhodesign on Twitter and you will be promptly removed.

What's next?

Planned improvements to this project include a system to notify nominees when they've been added to the directory, search and location filtering, performance upgrades and the ability to follow new Twitter accounts from the directory itself, plus a few other tweaks and features.

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