Everybody knows how YouTube revolutionized the way we create, consume, and share content. Launched in 2005, the platform broke the barriers of entry into the media world and allowed ordinary people to express themselves like never before. Sure, a majority of the content could be termed immature but the in the bigger picture, inclusive access to everyone regardless of expertise is something that we all need to recognize and applaud. Similarly, in the UI & UX community, there’s an ongoing debate on who should be ‘allowed’ to preach and advocate for design. The self appointed ‘gatekeepers’ always champion entry barriers on the pretext of having “standards” but all are essentially elitists who are far too afraid to let go of their imaginary powers.
Enter ADPList and similar communities. On their mission to democratize design knowledge and mentorship, these are like the Rebel Alliance against the evil Galactic Empire in Star Wars.
DesignWhine is a proud ally of the Rebel Alliance and celebrates the success of ADPList.org in this special issue
This article was last updated on November 27, 2023; Originally published on August 31, 2021