Design, Digested 23: Imposter syndrome and pockets

Many times I had thought, said, and been told that I suffer from imposter syndrome. Many of my friends, mostly female, have said so too. This week, I gathered articles that made me see this phenomenon from a different perspective. Time to reframe.

Design, Digested #23: Imposter syndrome and pockets

Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome

The answer to overcoming imposter syndrome is not to fix individuals but to create an environment that fosters a variety of leadership styles and in which diverse racial, ethnic, and gender identities are seen as just as professional as the current model, […] “Eurocentric, masculine, and heteronormative.”

— Ruchika Tulshyan and Jodi-Ann Burey

🔗 Read the article (on Harvard Business Review)

Uncovering the harsh truth about “imposter syndrome”

Here’s the hardcore truth. There isn’t any such thing as imposter syndrome (though there is self-doubt, fear of failure, and a host of other related emotions, scenarios, and states).

— Darren Hood

🔗 Read the article (on Medium)

The confidence gap

Do men doubt themselves sometimes? Of course. But they don’t let their doubts stop them as often as women do.

— Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

🔗 Read the article (on The Atlantic)

A pioneer of digital design looks back on a defining era

Loretta Staples, a UI designer in the Eighties and Nineties, had a front-row seat to the rise of personal computing.

Men, especially ones named Steve and Bill, get a lot of credit for heralding this modern era of information technology. But behind the scenes, at tech and design firms around the world, the look and feel of those screens was defined by lesser-known graphic designers — people who created the windows, dialogue boxes and icons taken largely for granted these days.

🔗 Read the article (on The New York Times)

The women like pockets

During a Swedish lesson on Duolingo, a phrase made me smile. Yes, women do like pockets, while the mainstream fashion brands historically don’t provide them.

“The women like pockets” phrase found on a Swedish on Duolingo
“The women like pocket” phrase in Swedish, and then in English, on Duolingo

Why is that? Caroline Criado Perez writes very often about this problem, and names brands that design with the women’s real needs in mind.

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