Julia is Senior Designer at Luminary Labs, where she brings a human-centered design approach to the company’s work. As a multi-disciplinary designer, she works with teams to map complex systems, conduct design research, and communicate with visual impact.
Julia brings particular expertise in brand strategy and communication design from her time working for Michael Bierut at Pentagram, where she contributed to identity and positioning efforts for clients such as Penguin Random House, MasterCard, the Library of America, the Wildlife Conservation Society, as well as managing the visual and interactive marketing efforts for several multi-billion-dollar real estate developments.
As a Summer Scholar with Dan Ariely’s Common Cents Lab, Julia gained experience in behavioral design, learning how to make evidence-based recommendations to increase the efficacy of products focused on financial well-being. Most recently, Julia served as a Civic Digital Fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she worked with their open innovation team to create strategy and materials for partner outreach to ensure complete and accurate count in 2020.
Julia earned an MFA in Products of Design from the School of Visual Arts, where her Master’s Thesis focused on revitalizing civic engagement in the criminal justice system through the design of products, services, and experiences.
Raised in Boston, Massachusetts and Basel, Switzerland, Julia graduated cum laude with a BA in History of Science and Dramatic Arts from Harvard University in 2009. Before beginning her career in design, she performed professionally with New York-based modern dance companies. These days, she enjoys criss-crossing Manhattan on a CitiBike and escaping the concrete jungle to hike as often as possible.
- “The voice tech explainer: What you need to know in 2018,” the Lab Report, February 7, 2018
- “Better workshops, by design,” the Lab Report, November 13, 2017