LAUREN P. ADAMS is the Product Design Manager of Facebook Connectivity, an initiative focused on making the internet fast, affordable, and accessible in emerging markets. Her team creates solutions like Free Basics, internet access without data charges; Express Wi-Fi, affordable wi-fi in rural areas; and Analytics, network and business insights for partners. She also founded the largest club for employees, Philanthropy@Facebook, to foster a culture of volunteering, donations, and community engagement. Previously, Lauren worked as a Product Designer at the global petition platform, Change.org, and as an Adjunct Professor in the Social Design and Graphic Design departments at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Originally from Iowa, Lauren learned to appreciate design through the gridded pattern of cornfields.
Writing & Speaking
How to Conduct User Interviews (making.change.org, January 2014) outlines best practices for gleaning feedback on a product.
Choosing Charlie: How Casual User Interviews Affected Our Petition Creation Design Concept (making.change.org, August 2013) compares three different design directions and parses the results.
Is Archer’s Use on Target? (AIGA: Voice, April 2010) explores why this particular typeface boomed in popularity.
Graphic Design Thinking (Princeton Architectural Press & MICA, 2011) compiles techniques for defining problems, getting ideas, and creating form. In it, I wrote, curated, and formatted chapters about the creative process.
The Graphic Design Thinking Webinar aired as a Print magazine design cast in May 2011. I speak at 9:00 and 17:50.