I am Lauren Owen, a creative, from East Atlanta, Georgia with an extensive background in design and development spanning over a decade.

My love affair with technology began on my 16th birthday, when I was gifted a domain and hosting plan. I was given one instruction: “figure it out.” I did just that, teaching myself the intricacies of web design and development leading to truly fulfilling academic experiences at Howard University (BBA ’16) and New York University (MS ’20). This also translated to my professional journey as the Manager of UX and Testing at Tommy Hilfiger and Web Design and Development Specialist at Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Through those experiences, I realized that my passion for technology and creativity coexist through imaginative and inventive solutions. I have been able to build an augmented reality experience to commemorate the lives of Black women lost to pregnancy-related deaths, design an accessible Morse Code learning game for a child with disabilities, and create immersive AR learning experiences.

I enjoy finding creative ways we can do the unexpected and share this knowledge with others leading me to create UX Unlocked, a resource for aspiring and seasoned designers. I also enjoy writing and have written two books.

I have designed and developed exceptional interfaces for Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc, managed the user experience and testing program at Tommy Hilfiger, and I currently teach UX design full time.