Lauren Meranda

Lauren Meranda is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in projects for cultural institutions, social activism, civic engagement, and public memory through experimental media, collaborative storytelling, and interactive design for physical spaces. As a designer and producer of visual culture, Lauren strives to find means by which to let public memory emerge from the stories of the people it is bound to define. A single story does not have to be the only one we tell. The projects and exhibits she works on seek to utilize typography to empower the individual to participate in the storytelling process and expand public memory to include previously unheard voices. Lauren’s research and teaching output has been presented at AIGA Design Educators Conferences in 2014 and 2016 and TypeCon in 2016. Her work has been displayed at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, in the Chicago Design Archive, Typeforce, Chicago Design Museum, Reykjavik Art Museum, Hyde Park Arts Center, and National Public Housing Museum. In addition to her professional practice, Lauren teaches courses on thesis development, digital media, web design, design theory and typography at Judson University. Lauren also serves as education chair for AIGA Chicago, working with AIGA Student Groups and building a partnership with AIGA + Chicago Public Schools. Lauren received her MDes from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 and BFA in Visual Communication from Northern Illinois University in 2009.