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Maya Gold Patterson Is Designing Spaces For Black Women At Twitter

  • 10 mths ago

Social media is an ever-evolving rabbit hole that continues to add more tools, tricks and features to each of its platforms. Twitter in particular has been introducing new additions to the features family including their latest Fleets and voice Tweets. Now, to bring more inclusivity to the platform and elevate the voices of marginalized communities, a Black woman has risen to the occasion by implementing her own goals of creating safe spaces for underrepresented communities and women of color.

Meet the Black woman behind the design of Twitter’s newest Spaces feature – Maya Gold Patterson. Growing up in Champaign, IL, Gold Patterson didn’t see too many Black women in technology to turn to but she had an early spark for her passion when she would watch her father’s DJ career, who she called a “gadget geek,” and her mother’s role as the owner of a technology consulting firm. “He would have tons of DJ equipment and had PalmPilots throughout the house way before cell phones and smartphones,” she joked of her father’s gadget obsession. “He filled up our house with all this tech and whenever he was done with it, I would play around with it and pretend I was working at an office or a DJ.” 

Before she knew it, she set her sights on technology and now she’s making an impact bigger than just herself but for every young Black girl aspiring to be in technology, social media and UX product design. “I wish that I had seen some of myself during this design and tech journey,” Gold Patterson admitted to ESSENCE. “If I was talking to my younger self, I would tell her it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to feel like how it feels to be a Black woman in America.” As a self-taught product designer with a BA in Psychology, her career journey may not have been the traditional route but she’s been at Twitter for nearly a year now despite microaggressions in previous workplaces and redefining what it looks like to be a product designer in 2021.

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