About

Black and white portrait of Lauren Race on a white background, wearing a black collared shirt.

I design and evaluate accessible user experiences through a human-centered lens, based in New York City.

My process combines iterative and co-design methods to design for a spectrum of preferences and remove barriers to information access.

Education

New York University | 2017 – 2019
Master’s: Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)
Thesis: Designing Tactile Schematics
Developed novel set of standards and best practices for designing tactile schematics for learners who are Blind or Low Vision.
Advisors: Dr. Amy Hurst and Tom Igoe

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

Certification

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

Publications

[1] Putting Tools in Hands: Designing Curriculum for a Nonvisual Soldering Workshop.
Lauren Race, Joshua A. Miele, Chancey Fleet, Tom Igoe, and Amy Hurst. In The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (New York, NY, 2020).

[2] Designing Educational Materials for a Blind Arduino Workshop.
Lauren Race, Claire Kearney-Volpe, Joshua A. Miele, Chancey Fleet, Tom Igoe, and Amy Hurst. CHI EA ’20: In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (Honolulu, HI, 2020)

[3] Designing Tactile Schematics: Improving Electronic Circuit Accessibility.
Lauren Race, Joshua A. Miele, Chancey Fleet, Tom Igoe, and Amy Hurst. In The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (New York, NY, 2019).

Awards

My work has received recognition from the May & Samuel Rudin ITP Scholarship, Lew & Edie Wasserman Scholarship, CLIOs, One Show, Effies, Webbys, FWA, Awwwards, and Cannes.

Experience

Staff Product Designer, Accessibility Experience
TwitterDecember 2020 – Current
Accessibility lead on the Design & Research team.

Accessibility Researcher
New York UniversitySeptember 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, via a federal IMLS National Leadership Grant.

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

*CV and resume are available upon request.

Fellowship

Research Fellow
NYU Ability ProjectAugust 2019 – August 2020
In affiliation with NYU ITP’s research residency. Led workshops in academia and industry on accessibility and inclusive design, audited university websites for WCAG compliance, co-taught a museum accessibility design course, and managed students’ projects in the design lab. 

Travel

I’ve wandered through, observed, and collected travel recipes from countries including Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ghana, and Japan.

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