Sharing the queer design experience.

July 7, 2022 | Online | 1PM ET  | 10AM PT

Join us virtually for the inaugural QDC Summit, where we will explore insights from our 2019 and 2021 Queer Design Count reports through the lens of real lived experiences by LGBTQ+ designers.

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THE INAUGURAL #QDCSUMMIT

What do you know about LGBTQ+ designers?

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 results from the 2019 Count here.

41%

of trans designers lost employment due to COVID-19

in comparison to only 29% of cis designers (Queer Design Count 2021)

22%

of respondents of color reported making less than $25,000 annually

compared to 15% of white designers
(Queer Design Count 2019)

7.5%

lower annual income reported by lesbian designers

in comparison to gay/homosexual designers (Queer Design Count 2021)

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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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SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Join us online on July 7th for a day of panels and workshops around the queer experience.

PRE SUMMIT WORKSHOP - June 30th

Queer Digital Collaging 
Workshop

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

Elizabeth Goodspeed

She/Her
Designer & Casual Archivist

Winston Elliott

He/Him
Designer & Artist

SUMMIT DAY - JULY 7
INTRODUCTIONS - 10:00AM PT

Welcome to #QDCSummit

Queer Design Club's co-founder, Rebecca Brooker, shares general introductions and welcomes everyone to the Summit.

PANEL - 10:15AM PT

Trans Perspectives in Design

Trans respondents were consistently overrepresented in facing discrimination in their workplace.

✨ How can we change this in the future?✨

Nat Buckley

They/Them
Head of Design, Attest

Sloan Leo

They/He
Founder & CEO, Flox Studio

Chan

They/Them
Graphic Designer, Plume

PANEL - 11:00AM PT

Identity & Income for Queer Designers

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?✨

Leslie Xia

They/Them
Art Director,
Invesco

Ritesh Gupta

He/They
Founder, Useful School

Raquel Breternitz

She/Her, They/Them
Staff Product Designer, Shopify

LUNCH AND LEARN - 11:45AM PT

Portfolio Review Sessions with O/M Studio

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

PANEL - 12:25PM PT

Pay Equity & Cultural Acceptance

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? ✨

Annika Hansteen Izora

They/She/He
Head of Design, Somewhere Good

Sarah Piper Goldberg

She/Her
Head of Design, HER

Steven 
Wakabayashi

He/Him
Founder, QTBIPOC
Design

PANEL - 1:10PM PT

Queering the Workplace

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? ✨

John Voss

He/Him
Senior Design Manager, UI Design & Design Systems at Stitch Fix

Veronica Corzo Duchardt

They/Them
Creative Director, Ghost Note Agency

Victor Ng

He/Him
Creative Director, Ford Foundation

BREAKOUT SESSION - 2:00PM PT

Imperfect Allyship

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

BREAKOUT SESSION - 2:00PM PT

How Might We?

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

BREAKOUT SESSION - 2:00PM PT

Designing with Developers + Diverse Audiences in Mind

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

CONVERSATIONS - 2:45PM PT

Debbie Millman and
Rebecca Brooker

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.

Debbie Millman

She/Her
Host of Design Matters

Rebecca Brooker

She/Her
Co-Founder, QDC

Summit afterparty - 4:00PM PT

Drag Bingo with
Poison Waters & Friends

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

Poison Waters

Bingo Hostess with the Mostest

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Scholarships & Sponsorships

Scholarship Tickets

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).

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Support the Summit

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 nessa@kickassconf.com for more information.

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