Portrait by: Mandy Dempsey Photography

Hello! I am Lauren, a product designer. 

Please contact me at laurenruggeri@gmail.com for portfolio password.

I enjoy working closely with Product Managers, Product Owners, Developers, Business Stakeholders and Designers, collaborating to uncover the intersection of user needs and business outcomes. It is a passion of mine to evangelize design within an organization, often teaching by showing.  Fun fact, I cured my fear of public speaking by taking improv classes at The Second City. 

Most recently, I have lead end to end design for a suite of payments products at Provi, an alcohol marketplace. Taking multiple products from 0 to 1 at a fast paced start-up. Prior to Provi, I worked on enterprise software applications and their design systems at Echo Global Logistics and Nielsen. Previously, as a member of the staff at 270 Strategies, I worked with dozens of non-profits to create brand identities, websites and digital assets. Prior to my time in Chicago I designed websites at Juicyorange in New York City after completing my studies in Graphic Design at Parsons School of Design. 

I enjoy establishing and maintaining design team processes, I love documentation.  I have experience managing junior designers, helping them improve their design skills and navigating sometimes complicated work dynamics. 

Before I was a designer I worked in Los Angeles on feature films. I completed a BFA in Film Production at Chapman University. My experiences in California made me an expert storyteller and taught me about work ethic and paying your dues. I also have a handful of only in Hollywood stories that I am always happy to share over drinks.

Outside of work, I enjoy taking full advantage of Chicago summers. Street festivals, walks by the lake and brewery patitos. In the winter I love binge watching Dateline and making my way through my ammature wine collection. I find joy giving back to the community by volunteering at the Lakeview Pantry.

Let's get in touch!  laurenruggeri@gmail.com