Accessibility Designer & Researcher

Portrait of Lauren Race, a white woman with blonde hair and pink glasses, wearing a black western shirt with embroidered red roses against a white wall and house plant.

My mission is accessibility innovation, removing access barriers through my love of design, research, and teaching.

My process combines human-centered, multisensory, and co-design methods to craft and evaluate novel accessible experiences.


New York University | 2017 – 2019
Master’s: Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
Thesis: Designing Tactile Schematics
Developed novel set of tactile schematics design guidelines with Blind and Low Vision learners.
Academic Advisors: Dr. Amy Hurst and Tom Igoe

Pratt Institute | 2004 – 2008
BFA: Communications Design, Art History


Staff Accessibility Product Designer
Twitter | December 2020 – Current
Designing, researching, and teaching on the cross-functional Accessibility Experience Team. Improving access on Twitter’s consumer product by designing and evaluating novel accessibility features. Changing organization design culture to include accessibility though designing and facilitating hands-on curricula and developing internal tools.

Accessibility Researcher
New York University | September 2018 – Current
I’m currently researching how to design accessible educational tools in Amy Hurst’s lab, an interdisciplinary research space focused on the intersection of disability and technology. I partner with two communities of practice: 1) the Blind and Low Vision Maker Community at The Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library and 2) Disability advocates with sensory, mobility, and cognitive disabilities at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, through a 4-year federal IMLS National Leadership Grant.

Past experience

Art Director/Assoc. Creative Director
Freelance | February 2016 – August 2018
R/GA, Edelman, Big Spaceship

Art Director
RazorfishJune 2012 – February 2016
Significant clients: Spotify, HeForShe, Uniqlo

Assistant Art Director
BBDO New YorkJune 2007 – June 2012
Significant clients: GE, AT&T, Monster, Mars


Research Fellow
NYU Ability Project | August 2019 – August 2020
In affiliation with NYU ITP’s research residency. Conducted research and led workshops in academia and industry on accessibility design. Co-taught a museum accessibility design course and advised students in the design lab. 


Certified Professional in Accessibility (CPACC)
IAAP | August 2020 – August 2023
Cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about disability, accessibility, inclusive/universal design, physical and digital standards, laws, and management strategies.

Social & Behavioral Research
CITI Program | January 2018 – March 2025
Knowledge of human research ethics, including roles in the protection of human subjects, advanced modules on informed consent topics, vulnerable populations, big data research, mobile apps research, disaster/conflict research, regulations, laws and local policies. Training is renewed every three years.


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