We happen to know a lot. Over the past three years, we've surveyed over 3,000 LGBTQ+ people in the design industry to really understand the range of experiences they're having. Join us for the inaugural QDC Summit, where we will explore these insights through the lens of real lived experiences by LGBTQ+ designers.
Read the 2019 Queer Design Count | Read the 2021 Queer Design Count
of trans designers lost employment due to COVID-19
in comparison to only 29% of cis designers (Queer Design Count 2021)
of respondents of color reported making less than $25,000 annually
compared to 15% of white designers
(Queer Design Count 2019)
lower annual income reported by lesbian designers
in comparison to gay/homosexual designers (Queer Design Count 2021)
The Summit is our first paid event and revenue from QDC Summit will not only support production costs, but provide critical operational support to ensure QDC’s longer term sustainability as a community organization and continuing to do research to support the queer design experience.
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Join us for a collaborative Pre-Summit workshop with our hosts, Elizabeth Goodspeed and Winston Elliott. We'll collaborate in Figma to build custom digital collages based on found materials and archival queer magazines, while hanging out with other attendees ahead of the main Summit events.
This session is made possible by Hopelab
Designer & Casual Archivist
Designer & Artist
Queer Design Club's co-founder, Rebecca Brooker, shares general introductions and welcomes everyone to the Summit.
Trans respondents were consistently overrepresented in facing discrimination in their workplace.
✨ How can we change this in the future?✨
Head of Design, Attest
Founder & CEO, Flox Studio
Graphic Designer, Plume
Our data shows that queer designers of color make up significantly larger percentages of those that reported low incomes versus high incomes.
✨ How can we close this income gap?✨
Founder, Useful School
Staff Product Designer, Shopify
O/M partners with design organizations to provide mentorship to marginalized communities. Join the team of portfolio reviewers for individual review sessions, where designers can get feedback on their portfolios, resumes, and tips for acing the interview process.
This session is made possible by O/M Studio
Cisgender gay men receive significantly higher pay and job stability than other queer identities, revealing bias toward more culturally accepted segments of the LGBTQ+ community.
✨ What can employers do to address this bias? ✨
Head of Design, Somewhere Good
Head of Design, HER
LGBTQ+ designers are more likely to be employed part-time or seek freelance work than heterosexual counterparts due to workplace barriers like lack of inclusive benefits and harmful cultural and management practices.
✨ How can management better serve and attract queer talent? ✨
Senior Design Manager, UI Design & Design Systems at Stitch Fix
Creative Director, Ghost Note Agency
Creative Director, Ford Foundation
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion isn’t something you do. It’s how you do all things. Join Erica Courdae and India Jackson, the co-founder of Pause on the Play (R), for a session discussing the importance of embracing imperfection and taking action as you integrate what you’ve explored during the Queer Design Club Summit into your allyship efforts.
This session is made possible by Second Wave Dive
If today's conversations made you hungry to take action, join Margaret Gray, Director of UX Research, Metalab and work through the topline findings and brainstorm what the insights could mean for us and our workplaces.
You’ll leave this session with a few ideas to make your job a better place for yourself and your queer peers.
This session is made possible by Metalab
Gain fresh insight into designing with developers, teammates and your not-so-average users in mind. Led by queer and feminist design agency Studio Lutalica, this workshop will center design principles will serve you well across web design and beyond!
This session is made possible by Studio Lutalica
Join design industry veteran Debbie Millman and Queer Design Club co-founder, Rebecca Brooker, for a free flowing conversation about the state of the industry, performative Pride, and what more we can do to support LGBTQ+ persons in design.
Host of Design Matters
Let's wind down the day with an exciting game of Drag Bingo, hosted by the one of a kind, Poison Waters! Poison & Friends bring the vibe to the party, and will have you laughing until you cry. A perfect way to spread some joy after a full day of heavy conversations.
This session is made possible by Extensis
Bingo Hostess with the Mostest
Being part of the queer community is already a historical marginalization, but we encourage you to apply to our scholarship program for a free ticket if you’re a member of an even further marginalized intersectional group.
This includes, but is not limited to, non-cisgendered, Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and people facing economic or social hardships (including those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic).
We're all about community supporting community. If you're able to, consider sponsoring a ticket for another person who may not be able to attend the conference otherwise. If you sponsor 5 or more tickets, we'll add your name to the sponsorship acknowledgements as a thank you!
Help make this summit a reality. We have sponsorship opportunities available at different levels including in-kind partnerships and flagship scholarship support. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.