Lauren Meranda looks into the camera in a black and white image.
Assistant Professor
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 206-6400
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.
  • B.F.A., Visual Communication, Northern Illinois University
  • MDes, Graphic Design, UIC
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 / June 2019
  • History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago / Public Housing National Public Housing Museum / May 2018 — July 2018
  • Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction / National Public Housing Museum / October 2017 — January 2018
  • Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Poster Exhibition / National Public Housing Museum / Fall 2017
  • Public School: A Stockyard Institute Exhibition / Hyde Park Arts Center / Spring 2017
  • Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy / Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland / Winter 2016
  • Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics / Jane Addams Hull-House Museum / 2012 — 2 013
  • Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords / Art In These Times / June 2012—January 2013
  • Unfinished Business: Art Education / Jane Addams Hull-House Museum / 2011— 2012
  • Redefining Democracy: Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement / Jane Addams Hull-House Museum / 2009—Present

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