Lauren Thorson is a designer who practices between teaching, studio (personal) and Studio-Set (client). Studio-Set is a collaboration with Jasio Stefanski, operating within graphic design and art direction for print, publication, graphic identity, exhibition, and web design projects for cultural clients since 2012.
In 2013, Lauren was named one of The Walker Art Center’s “Ten Artists to Watch.” Since then she has exhibited, published, lectured, and worked as a designer both nationally and internationally. She has been active with IEEE VIS Conference’s Visualization Arts Program, VISAP since 2011 in a variety of roles ranging from exhibitor (Providence, RI  ), Co-Chair (Seattle, WA , Atlanta, GA  ), Design Chair (Paris, France  ) and Program Committee (Chicago, IL , Baltimore, MD , Phoenix, AZ  Berlin, DE ).
Recently she was invited to lecture and lead a workshop with Kyung Hee University students in context to Typojanchi 2017: Mohm, 5th International Typography Biennale in Seoul, South Korea. She will be leading another workshop in Seoul, South Korea fall of 2018.
Lauren received both a BA in Communication Studies and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Iowa in 2008 and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2012. She began her Phd at the University of Minnesota in 2012 researching with the Scientific Interactive Visualization Lab within the School of Computer Science, but since has taken a leave of absence to teach full time. Lauren was Designer-In-Residence from 2014-17 at Virginia Commonwealth University, recently moving into Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Department.