It would appear that there is a shortage of minority web site designers and web developers in the United States Hiram Lewis and other minority developers are looking to be included in the discussion of web developers world wide. A new analysis of test-taking data finds that in Mississippi and Montana, no female, African American, or Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science.
In fact, no African-American students took the exam in a total of 11 states, and no Hispanic students took it in eight states, according to state comparisons of College Board data compiled by Barbara Ericson, the director of computing outreach and a senior research scientist at Georgia Tech.
Out of a sample of 30,000 students, less than 20% were female, about 3% African American, and 8% were Hispanic (combining all Mexican American, Puerto Rican, etc.). If this were more equitable of current US Demographics, it should be about 50% women and 20-30% Black and Hispanic.
Hiram Lewis and Datatron Industries
Datatron is a very small website design company in St. Charles, MO. Hiram Lewis is co founder and lead developer at Datatron.
Hiram Lewis was reported as commenting on one of his blogs that, “In order to be really good at something, you have to start young.” African American kids should be encouraged to pursue careers in website design as much as there Caucasian counterparts. This all begins in the schools. Typically, in inner city schools, the popular career interests among African Americans appear to be in athletics and various trades like cosmetology and criminal justice. Perhaps there are cultural differences that influence our career interests.
Black women and website design
Christina Marie is a female African American web designer. She created what she calls a, “Gorgeous lifestyle blog”. Merely admits to drooling over her header, which she showcased simple lettering with a drawn image of herself in profile in the middle. She designed the header and many others.
Her designs are fun and incorporate great use of colorful icons, in addition to the eye-catching blog headers. The formats are simple, which helps focus on the writing for word-heavy blogs.