Lauren Meranda looks into the camera in a black and white image.
Lauren
Meranda
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Lauren Meranda is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in work for cultural institutions, social activism, civic engagement, and public memory through experimental media, collaborative storytelling, and interactive design for physical spaces.
Courses Taught
Graphic Design 1
Typography 1
Research Interests
As a designer and producer of visual culture, Lauren Meranda strives to find means by which to let public memory emerge from the stories of the people it is bound to define. The projects and exhibits she works on seek to empower the individual to participate in the storytelling process and expand public memory to include previously unheard voices. Her exhibits utilize site for the interpretation and continuation of historical narratives by linking research, education, and social engagement into an interactive designed experience.
Education

MDes, Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Fine Art, Visual Communication, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

Selected Publications

Digesting Constructive Criticism: Practices for Not Becoming the Next Design Fail Meme / Columbia College Career Center ⁄ April 2018

Design Edu Today Podcast Ep. 45 / Featured Interview ⁄ April 2017

Selected Exhibitions

Looking Back: Chicago Design Milestones, Chicago Design Archive, Chicago, IL

History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago, Public Housing National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Poster Exhibition, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

Public School: A Stockyard Institute Exhibition, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland

Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords, Art In These Times, Chicago, IL

Unfinished Business: Art Education, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

Redefining Democracy: Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

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Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
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