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I'm Lauren, UX Designer and native Hoosier.

I attended Ball State University, earning a B.F.A in Visual Communication.  In my senior year, learning CSS3/HTML5many thanks to Don't Fear the Internet and W3Schools — I discovered a passion for design thinking and research.

And then, had this "Peanut."

I took a project coordinator job at a local publishing company as it was transitioning internally. The job responsibilities changed from graphic design and layout duties to mostly proofing and moving files between vendors. I learned time management, working independently with hard deadlines and managed 15+ projects at any given time. The job was dissolved within a year.

But it all worked out.

Taking a risk, accepted a temp job as an advertising designer, and never looked back. After 90 days, I was extended a permanent offer.  The daily work flow allowed me enjoy my coffee and listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. I started reading on subject matter covering design thinking and UX/UI Design. I found the Human Computer Interaction program at IUPUI and sought the advice of a professional mentor. I completed the graduate certification in two semesters

With my masters studies complete, I accepted a contract role in the Indianapolis area for a position as a Human Factors Engineer in Research and Development for an industry leading diabetes care corporation. My day was typically booked with meetings and frequent travel for user testing, advocating for design solutions to support end-users on products for management of diabetes. I participated in the health and wellness programs on campus, like mini marathon training, yoga and JDRF Fundraising.

Currently, I'm a graphic designer at an athletic apparel company based in Indianapolis. I specialize in designing for print and digital formats, packaging, and occasionally consulting on branding and web design. I've been fortunate to experience a "mom-and-pop shop" take on the struggle to break into the industry as a leader. It has instilled pride in me for a deeper appreciation of our ability to make everything here in the USA, stimulating the local economy in my own town.

I also do some graphic design and usability related volunteer work with my church, and pick up other freelance jobs when I can. In my free time, I mainly enjoy Beachbody coaching, quality time with my family and friends, and experiencing the greater Indianapolis area.