Fredrick RoysterThis week, I am thrilled and delighted to share with you the first in Revision Path‘s series of interviews with web developers and web designers. I had the honor of talking with Fredrick Royster, a Chicago-based web designer. If you’ve ever bought textbooks online through your college or university’s bookstore, then you’ve probably seen his handiwork. Read on and find out about Fredrick’s background, inspirations, and his thoughts on web design in the next few years.

Without further ado, here’s Fredrick!

I’m Maurice Cherry: web designer, sometime-y web developer, and founder of Revision Path.

In 2007, I wrote an article for Black Web 2.0 called “Where Are The Black Web Professionals?” It’s a little over five years later, and I’m not sure the mainstream tech and design community is any closer to answering that question.

The discussions about increasing diversity in the tech and design fields always start out well-meaning and then quickly devolve into baseless accusations, empty statements, and broken promises. It’s even gotten to the point where efforts to add diversity to the tech and design communities are being mocked and ridiculed by their peers with accusations of “tokenism” or “affirmative action”.

So where are the black web professionals? Revision Path is the answer to that question.