Hey, I’m Lauren Barless.
An empathetic design leader with a streak of curiosity, I strive to discover what people need to create things they love.
Most recently, I was the product design manager at Format, where I designed interfaces for our flagship product, helped shape our roadmap, and mentored other designers. I also led a small but mighty design team to launch our newest product, Workflow — a suite of online tools to help photographers run their business.
Here are a few of the useful things I’ve helped to research, test and design at Format:
More about me
Based in Toronto, Canada, I live in a very old house with an ever-growing collection of houseplants. Previously, I helped launch the mentorship platform Ten Thousand Coffees, and developed brands at Maker Studios and Pilot Interactive. I’m at my best when I can collaborate closely with product teams to solve real-world problems that people face.
I’m also passionate about mentoring and empowering designers. I help run Ladies, Wine & Design Toronto, a community for women and non-binary people in creative industries, and have mentored with Side X Side Co.
At any given time I’m usually working on a side project or two, and I have about a million hobbies: pottery, hand lettering, film photography, painting, sewing, weaving, embroidery, jewelry making... whatever lets me create things with my hands.