You have the power to shape your industry. Together we can change design to be representative of the world it serves. Here are practical tips to join the campaign.

  • Recognise your privilege

    Acknowledge that no matter how hard you have worked to get where you are, others facing structural discrimination have to work harder.

  • Educate yourself

    Listen to the experiences of underrepresented people, read widely, confront your biases and fill the gaps in your knowledge and vocabulary. Do not expect others to do this work for you.

  • Become an ally

    Allyship means taking on a struggle as if it is your own, without making it about you. This means standing up for others, even when it’s scary. Read more on becoming an ally on Guide to Allyship.

  • Drive Recognition

    Actively share the work of unsung creatives, thinkers and brands on social media, in meetings and at dinner tables.

  • Use your influence

    Employ and commission people from a diverse range of backgrounds, genders and abilities. If you don’t have commissioning power, advocate for underrepresented people to be involved in your projects. Ensure they are compensated fairly.

  • Refuse one-dimensionality

    Decline to be involved in projects and panels that are not representative. Let the organisers know why you do not want to participate and point them towards qualified people from underrepresented backgrounds. We hope our resources can help.

  • Stand aside

    If you are asked to work on a project where a person from an underrepresented background would be better suited, stand aside.

  • Share and submit

    Share our manifesto with your colleagues, friends and family and submit resources to help Design Can grow.

  • Mentor the next generation

    Inspire and support young people to join the creative industries through programmes like Creative Mentor Network and Creative Access. Share your skills, knowledge and contacts.

  • Recruit more diversely

    Collaborate with partner organisations like The Other Box to ensure that you are recruiting as diversely as possible. Promote your vacancies on our Jobs Board, full transparency on salaries.