Last month, designer Helen Tran asked people to name five women designers that they thought were valuable to the industry:
I need you to help me out.
Name five female Designers you think are really valuable + important to our industry.
— Helen Tran (@tranhelen) April 26, 2017
In just a few days, the tweet generated over 373 replies that named 636 women by their Twitter usernames specifically. A few people were joking around that the thread was a great place to find potential recruits and I realized I had a different need: I'm not trying to recruit anyone but I'd love to find women to follow who are excelling at things that I'm interested in or trying to learn more about. Since many people put their job title or area of expertise in their Twitter descriptions, I realized I could create a self-reported filtering system by searching each description for keywords and then display the profiles in a sortable directory.