Hey, I'm Lauren

München-based Senior Design Lead &

carbonara aficionado 🍝

Portrait of Lauren standing in front of the Pike Place Market sign in Seattle wearing a purple puffy coat

Hey, I'm Lauren — a PNW native now located at the foot of the Alps. I design and create products at the intersection of technology and social good. As cliché as it sounds, I want to help make the world a better place. What better way to do that than with my technical skills and passion for change?

When I’m not at my day job I love hiking in the summers and skiing in the winters, learning to play soccer with my club, supporting Seattle sports (Release the Kraken!), traveling, cooking fancy meals, and drawing all the places I’ve visited.

Let's chat over coffee or Weißbier! — me@laurennielsen.design

Notable Experience

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Favorite Tools

Figma, Webflow, Framer, Office, Slack, Miro, Trello, Invision Freehand, Dropbox Paper, Spotify.

Key skills & attributes

Leadership, stakeholder management, driving outcomes through ambiguity, effective cross-functional communication, documentation, impressing people with my cooking.

Adaptable, approachable, team-focused, detail-oriented, passionate, driven, adventurous, empathetic.


  • Learning – React, Swift, German 🇩🇪

  • Proficient – HTML, CSS, coffeeScript, javascript, Italian 🇮🇹

  • Native – English 🇺🇲

Pandemic SurvivaL Activities (even after 2 years)

  • 🌍  Living abroad – we fulfilled my dream of living abroad and moved to Europe.... in the middle of a pandemic. Yes, it's true.

  • 🛠️  Home improvement projects – including but not limited to purchasing a 3kg rotary hammer drill to mount furniture and fixtures to our concrete German walls.

  • ⚽  All the sports – COVID has really expanded the breadth of my sports skills. I've learned how to hit golf balls and how to play goal keeper since the pandemic started.

  • 🍳  Experimental cooking – finding replacement German ingredients for meals I'm used to cooking in America is quite an interesting experience.

  • 🍷  Creative date nights – like everyone, my wife and I have had to make significant adjustments to our lives. We try to plan creative date nights even though 95% of the time we stay home.

  • 🚶🏻  Long city walks – without any cultural activities or locations open, the best way to get to know my new city is to walk. Everywhere.

  • 🚴  Becoming a cyclist – leveling up from walking, riding a bike is actually the best way to get to know my new city! Especially with my brand new eBike.

  • 🥨  Learning German – Obwohl COVID meine Motivation maßgeblich beeinflusst, lerne und übe ich langsam Deutsch, weil ich kein Einwanderer sein möchte, der nur Englisch sprechen kann.

Lauren is currently creating positive impact through design @ IDEO