Who We Are
DesignTech (DTech) is an all-inclusive community that supports minority women who have a passion for design technology. The first of it's kind in the Chicagoland area, DesignTech aims to create a presence for black women in design and non-coding technical roles, champion cultural diversity and empower future generations to pursue design, tech and other STEM professions. Founded by two black women with over 15 years of combined experience, the organization was formed as a result of low minority women representation and lack of support and resources for women in design and digital technology.
DesignTech is committed to bridging the women minority gap and increase exposure through education, professional development, community outreach, corporate partnerships and industry event participation. Our members bring their expertise, experience and enthusiasm to encourage and motivate the next wave of talent. Members of DesignTech have traditionally worked in these roles:
- Visual/Graphic Design
- User Interface Design
- User Experience Design
- Product Design
- Site Strategists
- Front-End Developers
- Web/CMS Developers
- Web Integration Specialists
- Product Managers
- Scrum Masters/Delivery Managers
- Technology Managers
- Digital Strategists
Mission & Goals
The mission of Design Tech is to transform the cultural diversity and digital landscape for black women in creative and technical roles. By building strong professional networks we aim to:
a presence in the digital technology space and rally for inclusion and diversity in the design tech profession
the charge in advancing cultural diversity in design and digital and bridge the gap in education, training and job placement
younger generations to pursue careers and seek roles within the creative and technical fields
DesignTech was founded by Carm McDonald and Lemetria Taylor after their connection was made through a social media platform. Upon meeting in person, both women realized the lack of diversity and representation of black women within the digital design space and tech industry as a whole. Both women decided that together they could develop a community to support women in design tech professions and advancing these roles for future generations.
Carm, has had a love affair with all things design as early as she could remember. Formally trained in Architecture she transitioned to a career in Web & Graphic Design, as her career progressed, she found herself immersed in user experience design and information architecture. Carm is currently Sr. Product Designer at CDW and teaches UX Design part-time at General Assembly.
Lametria "Mimi" is a UX designer that prides herself in providing unique and meaningful solutions to user experience design problems. She has held design and development roles across a number of industries ranging from public service to hospitality. Mimi is an advocate of user centered design principles and methodologies as well as an agile enthusiast, preferring to work in smaller iterative design sprints in order to deliver a best in class product. Mimi currently works as Lead UX/UI Designer for Lifetime Fitness.