About

 

Hello there! I’m Lara — Designer in Residence at IBM Design. Here you'll find me dabbling in design research, strategy, storytelling, and facilitation of IBM Design Thinking. I spend my time at IBM helping to create a culture of design alongside a global team of (amazing) designers. As an advocate for creating sustainable futures by design, I've also been educating folk about insects: the food of the future over at éntomo since 2013. Speaking of education, I lecture part-time at the Institute of Art Design + Technology on the BA (Hons) Design in Visual Communications course, specialising in UX and UI module delivery.

What makes me tick as a designer? Curiosity, ambition, and empathy. I have a particular interest in exploring the world, eating crickets, and making things with data and typography. I'm also an avid book reader #nerd.

I'm currently a member and panelist of the 100 Archive Professional Panel. 100 is a living archive which records the past, present and future of Irish graphic design.

 
 

Honors & Awards

100 Archive Selection 2016
IBM Studios Dublin
Design Directory Ireland

100 Archive Selection 2016
Independent
Attention Economy

100 Archive Selection 2015
IBM Studios Dublin & Atelier David Smith
Design Island

Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI)
Highly Commended 2015
IBM Studios Dublin
Design Island

Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD)
Bronze Bell Award 2014
An Atelier Project
Vernacular

100 Archive Selection 2013
An Atelier Project
Vernacular

Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents
New Star Award 2013–14
éntomo

 

Exhibitions & Talks

Food to Feed the World — TEDx
TEDx Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin
2017

Design Facilitation — Keynote
Bulgaria Web Summit
2017

IBMxEtsy: Design in Business & Tech — Q&A
OFFSET Dublin
2017

Me, Myself and I — Exhibition
SEU Fine Arts Gallery, Austin TX
2016

Designing Human-centric Products — Panel
Inspirefest Conference Dublin
2016

IBMxIADT: Designing Designers — Panel
OFFSET Dublin
2016

IBM Design Thinking — Workshop
IxDA : Interaction16 Helsinki
2016

Defuse: Design for Use — Talk
IxDA Dublin
2015

LIMINAL Dublin — Exhibition
Irish Design 2015 flagship exhibition
2015

Blueprint Talks | Designing Digital — Q&A
Irish Design 2015 x Making Space
2015

NEED: When Design Empowers Human Potential — Exhibition & Talk
Milan Design Week
2015

Alliance Graphique Internationale — Exhibition 
AGI International Posters Exhibition
2014

Introducing IBM Design — Talk
IRDG Annual Conference 2014: Design Thinking
2014

Recovery: The Power of Design — Exhibition
Shenzhen Design Awards for Young Talents
2014

 

Words & Features

Marvel App — Blog
How to Lead and Hustle in Design...
2017

Silicon Republic — Interview
A design for life revolution is sweeping IBM
2016

Offscreen Magazine (issue 14) — Feature
A Day in the Life of →
2016

Silicon Republic — Feature
What is design thinking...→
2016

Bloomsbury Publishing — Publication
Developing Citizen Designers
2016

100 Archive — Interview
Modern Practice→
2015

100 Archive — Interview
Designing for Big Blue: My Story So Far
2014

Dezeen Magazine — Feature
éntomo→
2014