from lyndsey padget, founder of a better 1-on-1:
I'm a female software engineer who has been working in the field for almost 15 years. I have been involved with "women in tech" type organizations for years, but I am forming a new non-profit called "A Better 1-on-1" because I am concerned that even groups aiming to help girls & women get into tech are not inclusive enough. I'm in the process of obtaining non-profit status, and also building the web site. I need a logo, but I also need some illustrations for the site. It's a pretty rough start (from a pre-built front-end template), but you can see what I've got so far here: http://abetter1on1.herokuapp.com/
The purpose of A Better 1-on-1 is to pair underrepresented people in technology (women, people of color, LGBTQ*, ESL, those less able) with mentors who are as much like them as possible. There are many organizations out there to help feed the tech "pipeline" by running events and workshops for girls, women, and people of color. My goal is NOT to run events but rather to help people form more meaningful professional relationships that help them stay in tech by providing the support they need. Mentors and mentees will fill out a quiz to register, and (hopefully) large companies will visit the site as well to see how they can support this cause.
I want the colors to be vibrant/electric and funky/retro. The logo should reflect this, perhaps working in an afro, a rainbow, a mohawk, etc. I'm open to suggestions! I'd like the site to feature some illustrations (hand-drawn or vector) at the top, and then "drop in" different replacements until the different characters find their mentor match. Supporting my case, there isn't a lot of diversity in online imagery. I need several different women (all shapes, NOT sexy/cute), different men of color, folks in native carb, non-binary, showing disability, etc. I'm looking for diversity in characters, but a uniform aesthetic among all of the characters.
interested students, please submit a letter of interest and portfolio link or pdf of work samples to lyndsey: firstname.lastname@example.org (816) 695-6506