Divya studied Computer Engineering in Singapore. She abandoned her comfortable first career choice as a device driver developer at Motorola to become in-house designer at a startup and later go freelance.
In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, she decided to pursue web technologies with single-minded devotion, leading to collaborative projects such as HTML5 Boilerplate, HTML5 Please, Move the Web Forward, and more.
She spent her time advocating web technologies while being involved in spectacular fishpond scandals. She spent her non-work hours writing one book and a chapter of another that benefit Against-Malaria Foundation and Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (so buy her books!)
She then joined the Adobe Web Platform team, where she helped organize W3Conf, helped webplatform.org go live, and made CSS features available in browsers.
She then worked on Photoshop, investigating interfaces for better export.
About Feminism: Along with 8 women, she wrote a letter to the Tech Industry to describe the pervasive discrimination that persists in tech industry and advocating for more conversation. It has been covered in Washington Post, NYTimes, PBS, CBS, Elle and more).
Learn to Search: She worked with Joanne McNeil to launch a site to raise awareness on Male Search Illiteracy. Here is a write up about it on The Atlantic.
hosts used to host a podcast with Garann Means at fripfrap.io on all things web tech.
Outside of her projects, she can be found haunting thrift shops, sewing machines, Soundcloud or Spotify.
Photoshop | Introducing New Export Options
NY Times | Bravado Is Seen as Competence in Men in the Tech World but Not in Women
Elle Magazine | Women in Tech: Where are we Headed?
Culture Club | So You Are Sexist, Now What?
Time | We Can Finally Talk About Sexism in Tech–So Let’s Be Honest
O'Reilly | Adobe's Divya Manian on the crossroad between design and development
Awwwards | Divya Manian from Adobe
Elle Magazine | Can 9 Women Fix The Women In Tech Problem?
Alicia Menendez Show | Diversity in the Tech World: Is the Pipeline 'Full of Acid'?
Boingboing | Feminism and tech: an overdue and welcome manifesto
MotherJones | These Women Are Tired of Being Nice. Read Their Badass Letter About Sexism in Tech.
The Atlantic | Can’t find women for your tech conference?
Shoptalk Show | With Divya Manian & Garann Means
The Breaking Development Podcast | Web Tools for the Open Web with Divya Manian
.net Magazine | Divya Manian on solving problems
The Bold Italic | Do SF Programmers have a life outside the cubicle?
The Setup | Divya Manian
The Web Ahead | Browser Support and Polyfills with Divya Manian
MozHacks | People of HTML5
HTML 5 Boilerplate Web Development
Beginning HTML5 and CSS 3: The Web Evolved