Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lauren Manning Design Work

Hi my name is Lauren Manning and here's a bit of my work in a temporary portfolio while my full site is under construction. here is my new portfolio site.

I am a designer, thinker and storyteller interested in constructing brand stories through design systems, solving problems with collaborative thinking and innovative solutions, and creating a narrative from raw data to communicate effectively through visualization.


For more information on any project, my resume or recommendations, feel free to email me.

Data Communication/Visualization
“It’s like comparing apples to oranges.” This phrase is the best way to describe the current state of data visualizations. For the designer, its easy to find good visualizations and bad ones, but how to apply the successful elements of particular designs to one’s own data set starts to get a little more complicated. Data sets vary tremendously, so one man’s brilliant solution can be another’s complete failure. Instead of seeing many excellent visualizations of all different data sets, what if you could see tons of visualizations of the same data set? What new comparisons, knowledge and structure might be developed from this?

Using a data set created from two years of meticulous life documenting, I visualized one point of data – food consumed – over forty ways. Exploring various methods, techniques, styles, degrees of complexity, degrees of additional context and many other elements, a true “apples to apples” comparison has emerged.

The project has been featured on and

The Curiosity Project
The Curiosity Project is an effort to bridge the very unique gap between the print and digital worlds. By combining QR codes (that work!), a blog, hand making and pure curiosity the hope is to restructure the way we interact with both print and digital media.

Be Versatile
Part of a self promotion piece, this project showcases multiple hand-crafted techniques to create various letterforms spelling the phrase “Be Versatile.” The making of all of the letters was videotaped and the one hundred hours of footage compressed into a two minute high speed time lapse. The video shows the “proof” of the making process while the phrase itself it meant to inspire designers to use methods beyond the computer to explore ways of communicating.

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