Lauren Meranda looks into the camera in a black and white image.
Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
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
Interactive Design: Web 1
Contemporary Design
Special Topics in Graphic Design
Print Production
Senior Exhibition in Graphic Design
Design in Nature
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. Lauren currently runs Studio Brazen and collaborates with the National Public Housing Museum.

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

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

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

Chicago Design Through the Decades, Art on theMart, Chicago, Illinois

At Home: Ephemeral Monuments to Public Housing Residents, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, Illinois

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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