Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about equality, visibility and inclusiveness. They unfortunately were not topics I thought about much at the beginning of Design*Sponge, but those ideas are first and foremost in my mind at all times now. And while a design blog may not be the first place someone expects to talk about justice and equality — for me, those topics are central to everything we do here.
“Home” is an idea I took for granted for far too long. I took for granted that everyone had a home where they felt safe, and that beyond that, a home where they felt welcomed and represented. For too long, I didn’t focus on creating an online home here at Design*Sponge that represented and celebrated everyone in our creative community, a home that would make all of us reading and talking feel welcomed. And while I regret that it took me so many years to realize how crucial this mission should have been, I am happy that we’re now invested as a team in creating an online space where everyone reading can see themselves in the homes, artwork, projects and stories we share here.
This for me, is huge! Not to mention the fact that I recognize many of the names and know some personally. Congratulations to all who are featured and Thank you Design Sponge for your contribution to truly creating a space where we all feel welcome!