I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to work in an industry that I love. However, I am also acutely aware of the many barriers that exist for those from diverse backgrounds who are trying to break into the world of design. That’s why I’m proud to support United in Design, a UK charity that is working to address these inequalities and promote diversity in the design industry.
United in Design was founded in 2019 by designers Sophie Ashby and Alexandria Dauley (pictured under), who wanted to create an organization that could help address the lack of diversity in the design industry. The charity’s mission is to promote and support people from ethnic minority backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in design. The charity offers a range of initiatives designed to support aspiring designers, from mentoring programs to internships and work experience opportunities. They also provide financial support to those who may not be able to afford to undertake unpaid work experience, something that can be a major barrier for many people looking to break into the industry.