Black and white portrait of Lauren Race on a white background, wearing a black collared shirt.

My Story

I design experiences through a human-centered lens, particularly focused within accessibility and assistive technology. I see accessibility as the heart of what we do as designers since it’s not usable if it’s not accessible.

I applied the participatory design method, with my art and design foundation of art direction, storytelling, and concept development, to develop an auditory social media platform built for a screen reader and a year-long thesis project on how to design tactile schematics.

Travel is another way I’m able to research user behavior. I've observed and wandered, mostly solo, through 30 countries so far and accumulated a collection of travel recipes.

Awards

My work has received recognition from the May & Samuel Rudin ITP Scholarship, Lew & Edie Wasserman Scholarship, CLIOs, One Show, Effies, Webbys, FWA, Awwwards, and Cannes.

 

Education

New York University | 2017 - 2019
Master’s: Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

Pratt Institute | 2004 - 2008
BFA: Communications Design, Art History

Experience

Research Resident
New York University | August 2019 - Current
Dual appointment at the NYU Ability Project and the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

Accessibility Researcher
NYU Ability ProjectSeptember 2018 - August 2019
Design research led to master’s thesis with advisors Tom Igoe and Amy Hurst. Developed novel set of standards and best practices for designing tactile schematics for low vision and blind learners.

Freelance Associate Creative Director
R/GAMay 2018 - August 2018
Significant clients: LIFEWTR, bubly, new business

Senior Art Director
FreelanceFebruary 2016 - September 2017
Significant clients: R/GA, Edelman, Big Spaceship

Art Director
RazorfishJune 2012 - February 2016
Significant clients: Spotify, HeForShe, Uniqlo, Mercedes

Assistant Art Director
BBDO New YorkJune 2007 - June 2012
Significant clients: GE, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T

*Resume and additional work available upon request.