Lauren Purkhiser, IDSA, is a design researcher at Lextant in Columbus, OH, consulting on a varyiety of research studies utilizing qualitative co-creation methods to glean insights from information. She graduated with honors from the ID program at Columbus College of Art & Design, where she was named the Outstanding Industrial Design Senior of 2015. Purkhiser worked on and led a multitude of cross-disciplinary design teams, most notable of which was the CCAD Airstream Pursuit concept trailer. She displayed and presented the trailer concept with CCAD at conferences such as IDSA's International Design Conference and Dwell on Design.
She sees design as a way to solve complex problems, guided by user-derived insights to create elegant solutions that improve the human experience.