“Female creatives are overlooked and undervalued, especially in corporate. And it can be extremely lonely, especially as a freelancer,” Courtlyn Jones, a graphic designer and visual artist, shares.
Jones is also the CEO and founder of The Design Database which she created out of a personal need. The Design Database is the leading online community and job platform exclusively catered to female creatives who want to connect with like-minded individuals and ultimately create their dream careers.
Prior to creating The Design Database, Jones had experienced her share of toxicity in the creative industry as a woman. Three different professional experiences added up and pointed Jones toward something else. One was landing her first real full-time designer job and hating it. Then, she was laid off from that job due to COVID-19. Afterward, she landed a job at her “dream company” as a graphic designer, but this wasn’t what she thought it would be. “I ended up absolutely hating that job, too.”
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