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 inclusive design. I see accessibility as the heart of what we do as designers since it’s not usable if it’s not accessible.

I believe in designing with rather than designing for.

I applied iterative design methods, 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

Accessibility Research at NYU
Museum AccessibilityAugust 2019 - Current
Partnering with the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to develop design processes and solutions that address accessibility issues for visitors with disabilities.

Tactile SchematicsSeptember 2018 - August 2019
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.

Accessibility Resident at NYU
ITP + Ability ProjectAugust 2019 - Current
Consulting on accessibility and inclusive design, teaching a museum accessibility course, and managing students in the design lab.

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.