Lauren Williams

Designer, researcher, and educator

Grantee Cohort Spring 2022

Lauren Williams (she/her) is a Detroit-based designer, researcher, and educator who works with visual and interactive media to understand, critique, and reimagine the ways social and economic systems distribute and exercise power. Of late, her creative and research practice focuses on examining the violence visited on Black people at the hands of the American state and speculative worldbuilding that enables us to imagine and inhabit liberated, decarceral futures as a means for advancing abolitionist organizing. Lauren was a 2022 Jacob Lawrence Legacy Resident and the inaugural Detroit Justice Center artist-in-residence in 2020. Her writing and artwork have appeared in Shifter Magazine, The Black Experience in Design, Futuress, Becoming Undisciplined, and the Design and Culture journal.