The saying goes “If you can’t see it you can’t be” and whether you agree or disagree with the statement, the under-representation of minorities and people of color when it comes to photography. archives is also undeniable that it is easily corrected. . Below are five resources that are available for free to improve your websites and blog posts, help you better represent your staff, and generally inspire a new generation. Be the change you want to see in the world today and send it and design this message.
Blush design is a diverse collection of artists and smart technology that lets you create a custom image that’s right for you. The creator, Pablo Stanley, has allowed the site to be free, although there is also a paid level with more options. Artists like Bonnie Kate Wolf can showcase their work and gain exposure for custom work and commissions. Wolf thinks sites like Blush are needed: “Illustration doesn’t have the same open source approach as UX design or engineering. I believe there are people who need these kinds of resources but don’t have access to them. Overall, I think there is a change in the illustration world that makes it more collaborative and systematic, at least in technological illustration. But we still have a long way to go. “
Amrit Pal Singh took it a step further and created a library of 3D avatars to represent individuals from all walks of life (see main image). Eight are available for free, there’s a $ 10 plan, or for $ 20 you can even make your own. Great for corporate team photos.
diVRse, created by Virtual Umbrella, is a solution for the tech community looking to show that virtual reality and augmented reality can indeed be used by those who are not “white, 20-30 years old, often male”. The team is assembling the database now, and you can sign up here.
Vice’s Broadly has curated a slew of fluid, non-binary images with “The Genders Spectrum Collection” which works for both inside and outside the office and features people of color and LGBTQ individuals and couples.
Other available tools include “inclusion” and “avatars of diversity”; logo sets which offer icons with different skin tones for different professions which can be used offline as well as online, Tonl.co and Nappy.co which feature black and brunette people in all walks of life, including exercise and settings directed by the creator. Picnoi offers a large collection of images that includes scenarios of nightlife and different geographic regions.
Having a website and using images that aren’t as representative is a choice and something your next group of employees are considering. Update your sites as much as you update your hiring practices and we’ll start to see real change and proper representation. Best of all, it doesn’t just make you a good person, it makes you a smart person – the case for diversity is well documented.