professional women web designers & developers since 1999
If you are a woman website designer/developer, this is your home for web design information, networking, services, camaraderie, and fun. We are a mailing list of women web designers. A very high energy mailing list of women web designers. Learning, networking, trying out things, ranting about things, but having a good time sharing what we do for a living. We all own our own web design business. We are women entrepreneurs. Professional, experienced, web designers. If you fit that description, then you should join us. In our website pages, we have links to resources for web design and small business. There are also articles on various web design subjects such as search engine optimization, copy-writing for web sites, marketing, and many other web design related subjects. Our designer directory features our members and their design specialties. Join the WDG Mailing List
Women Designers Group was started by Susan Sheehan in April 1999 as a resource for women web designers and developers. The group originally consisted of about 25 women, specifically invited to join because each one was an expert in some aspect of design, that when pooled together provided a core of knowledge for the group to grow.
We have grown to a group of over 250 women (at one time we were over 860!) from every corner of the globe, but we all have one thing in common... the desire to continue to learn and the willingness to share our knowledge with others. We have narrowed our focus to just women in business, owning a company that does web design or development, but members wear many hats.
In July 2003, the list was handed over to a long-time member, Donna Donohue of KidoImages Web Site Development. "DJ" as she is known to the list has been learning and contributing to the list since June of 1999. She vowed to keep the list going for the women involved and for future entrepreneurs who need some support.
Do you have beyond basic html questions? Want to figure out CSS? Need to know where the good scripts are? Are you working at home as a web design business owner, and looking for some camaraderie?
You've come to the right place! Women Designers Group mailing list has, all in one place, the answers, ideas and inspiration for women involved in the web design business.
You can find a lot of information right here on this web site but the really good stuff is on the list. Keep in mind that our e-mail list is usually quite active and generates about 50-100 individual e-mails per day. You can receive a digest version or read the archives on the web.
If you would like to join the group, we do have stringent qualifications. You will need to own a web design business and have a portfolio of work. In order to advertise in our directory of designers, you must be a member of the mailing list for 3 months minimum. We want to insure the quality of the designers in the directory. We have many features available for members only, and we add more every month. So if you meet our qualifications, then hop on over to our sign up page and submit your application.
I have been a member of WDG for almost 10 years, and would not have survived in this business without the group. Whether the help you need is technical, business, or design related, there is always someone willing and able to help.
I simply don't know where I'd be without the WDG. This group has helped make me better at what I do, in every aspect of my business. It's not just an excellent group of knowledgable professionals who are happy to share their experiences - it's also a place where I can go for advice, or to vent, or just to laugh… it's my "office space" online. I would be lost without them.
When I joined WDG, I had been in business for myself for about two years and thought I was doing "okay". Through the guidance and leadership on this fabulous list of women, I have more than tripled my income in the four years I have been active on the list. I am now doing more than "okay" and receive almost all of my new projects word of mouth via satisfied clients and have more business than I can handle most months.
Without the help of these ladies, I wouldn't be where I am today. There is no way to stay on top of every trend and keep abreast of all the latest and important news and information in web design and development, but thanks to WDG, I feel like I have a much better handle on it because the best tools and practices get shared weekly. DJ's blog is also an important resource that I am immensely grateful for - she is always posting hot new tips and news.
I have been part of the WDG group for several years. This group has been a great asset to me, helping me grow as a designer and assisting me when I was trying to muddle through design issues. I am glad to part of this great group of talented web designers.
I have been a member of WDG for at least 10 years, maybe longer. I know I would have quit many times had it not been for the "backbone" that was shared with me. Many, many times I have been helped with one thing or another and I always know I have a group of dedicated designers who "have my back". I could go on and on. I am so thankful for this group and I know I would not still be in business if it weren't for the very large part these ladies have played in it. Many thanks to ALL of you!
When I first started "listening in" on the WDG conversations, I sat in the background for a very long time. What I have learned since stepping into conversations has been invaluable in so many ways - a second pair of eyes to look for bugs in my code, sharing client experiences, discussing workflow processes for just about everything and of course learning how to grow a backbone in this business. No where else could I possibly have found such a smart, diverse and interesting group of women web designers, all bringing together helping hands, a sense of humor and compassion for difficult times we all go through. The most fun has been to get to meet some of these wonderful ladies at WordCamp and other web related events. Thanks so much DJ for all you do for us. I definitely would not be where I am now professionally. Your perseverance and careful management of this list has helped us all so much.
I have been a member of the Women Designers Group since 2001. I joined the group when I started doing web design/development and knew absolutely nothing. I can say, with complete certainty, that this wonderful group of women is why I have a thriving business today. The support, knowledge and experience these women are willing to give and share is amazing. As a single person business, working from home, the women in this group are my colleagues, my mentors, and especially my coach when I need that extra encouragement.