Lauren Vrouvas
Lauren Vrouvas | Designer
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About

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Hi there, I'm Lauren !

As a visual designer, I am passionate about the human element of design & the story behind it, not just creating an end product. Working in collaboration with others to develop thoughtful & intuitive designs informs the majority of my work. It is my belief that both the emotional response to visual material combined with a seamless user experience is the key to producing strong & meaningful work. I am a passionate & hard-working individual that strives to give meaningful contributions to whatever goals I am striving toward & to make changes that matter.

When I’m not busy working towards achieving beautiful design concepts, I can be found attending shows, hanging in parks, & exploring the city with my pup Tucker, the mini Australian Shepherd. It is a safe bet that if one of us is around, the other isn't far behind.

Please feel free to drop me a line, I am always open to tackling new & interesting projects; I would love to hear from you.

 

 

Education

PNCA Certificate Program // Communication Design

University of Oregon // Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Bachelor of Arts in French

Université Catholique de Lyon // Yearlong Study Abroad Experience

Member of Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society since 2010

 
                                            Photo by Forest Gallien

"Lauren Vrouvas was my student on two occasions in 2013 & 2014. In both cases she impressed me with two qualities: design talent and the drive to learn. Her drive stood out, because was constantly pushing herself to learn more and improve her skills. She took criticism extremely well, and her work evolved greatly in a short period of time. This was also reflected in her designs. In addition to solo assignments, we did a lot of projects in groups during class time. She was well respected and liked by her peers. She was the perfect team member, contributing and listening. The group projects she was involved with were stronger for her involvement."

Kat Topaz  |  Creative Director of Storycode

 

 

What it's like to work with me :

I was fortunate to have many opportunities to collaborate with Lauren on design projects during our 2 years as colleagues at Media Cause. Her knowledge of a breadth of graphic design tools and elements lent itself to many creative projects for my clients, including website design, social media graphics, newsletter layouts, and much more. Lauren’s attention to detail and creative nature allowed the client management team the flexibility to focus overall strategy and messaging. She has proven to be an asset in taking ideas and bringing them to life visually — both on larger projects as well as quickly and effectively during tight turnarounds. Lauren would be an excellent asset to any organization looking to expand their creative team.
— Kristy Kosak | Digital Marketing Manager at Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children
 
Lauren wore many hats at Mahlum and did a great job at all that she touched. I worked most closely with her in the production of various reports and presentation materials. She acted as our in-house graphic designer and created all requested vector-graphics including graphic schedules, vector icons, presentation boards and info-graphics. She also assisted in marketing proposals regarding layout and production. She helped with photograph selection, touch-up, in-house printing and binding. She worked many times under multiple deadlines and projects requiring quick turn-around. She did this all while being cool, calm and collected. It was a real pleasure to work with Lauren. I was sorry to see her go!
— Diane Shiner | Partner of Mahlum
Lauren is a tenacious and dedicated student who won’t just settle for “good enough.” I have seen her tackle design problems from multiple angles with an earnest desire to learn and figure things out.

Lauren was inquisitive and hard working in my class, and even after the course ended, she continued to work on her assignment, pushing it to the next level. I admire that she reached out to me to gain professional feedback—I think that is an excellent quality that will take her far in her career. Keep Lauren on your radar, she is destined to do great things!
— Leticia Kleinberg | Senior Graphic Designer at Providence Health and Services
 

   

When Lauren joined our Creative Services team at Media Cause, she was making the transition to web design — a challenge she threw herself into 100% and with impressive results. She was able to begin contributing immediately, and her combo of high intuition and stellar communication skills enabled her to self-teach as well as use her judgement to discern when to tag others for support. She takes critiques for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow. It was a pleasure to watch her approach evolve from project to project. Lauren has a rare blend of independence and team-spiritedness; I consider her a versatile designer and highly compatible culture-fit due to these qualities.

In addition to her professional acumen, she’s a delight to work with. Smart, funny, and kind. I’d relish the opportunity to hire her again, and would recommend her very highly to anyone looking for a skilled digital designer.
— Alana Post | Associate Product Manager at The Linux Foundation
 
Bright, funny, insightful, Lauren always comes up with fresh ideas and fun solutions to creative challenges. She’s willing to continue “going back to the well” for more solutions when the project calls for it. Don’t be surprised if her questions or deep, thoughtful analysis nails you against the wall. She may be small, but she packs a big creative punch!
— George William | (GW) Winborn Creative Director, Copywriter, Brand Strategist at Winborn & Company
 
Lauren is an exceptionally talented, creative and thoughtful designer with excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic. She picks up new skills on the fly, takes design feedback in stride and demonstrates an invaluable commitment to professional growth that’s always reflected in her work. She not only has excellent design taste, but a positive attitude that makes her a great team player and an equally effective independent contributor. I really enjoyed working with Lauren at Media Cause and would highly recommend her for any design role in the future.
— Olya Kharitonova | Senior UX Designer at Glassdoor