Lauren Manuel, Designer in Boulder, CO, United States
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Lauren Manuel

Verified Expert  in Design


Boulder, CO, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 27, 2016

With a background rooted in Los Angeles creative agencies, Lauren has led the UX/UI design for a wide variety of companies from small startups to universally recognized brands. She takes a detailed and human-centric approach to every product, application, platform or website she designs from ideation to launch day. Her clients have included Deloitte Digital, Activision, Depeche Mode, Sephora, Red Bull, Mattel, and more


Work Experience

Co-Founder | Creative Director

2014 - PRESENT
Boss Sauce Creative, LLC
  • Launched successfully a boutique creative lab specializing in bespoke websites, applications, and visual identities.
  • Worked directly with clients to launch new websites and visual identities for startups and established brands alike, garnering better results, conversion rates, and overall user experiences across all devices.
  • Helped hire and manage team of engineering consultants.
  • Created and managed project proposals, briefs, costs, and scheduling to ensure successful and on-time deployments.
  • Pitched, won, and crafted thoughtful designs for clients such as Depeche Mode, Trumpet & Horn, Avenged Sevenfold, Sephora, The Dunk Collection, and more.
Technologies: InVision, Axure RP Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch

UX/UI Consultant

2014 - 2017
Swenson He
  • Led the UX and UI design efforts while collaborating with company founders and multidisciplinary team of engineers.
  • Worked expeditiously to design mobile applications using Sketch or Adobe Photoshop and Axure RP.
  • Created functioning prototypes for mobile application testing.
  • Prepared assets from design files for smooth delivery to development team.
  • Assisted on pitch presentations that helped win new clients such as BUNN, Shark, and JonLou.
Technologies: Axure RP Pro, InVision, Sketch, Adobe Creative Suite

Lead Digital Designer

2013 - 2014
Five by Five Agency
  • Crafted web experiences from concept to completion for major accounts such as Activision, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, RedBull, Reach, and more.
  • Trusted as the sole creative team member for six months while the creative director was inactive—successfully servicing more than ten prevailing clients and continuing to earn new accounts.
  • Pitched and won new clients such as Red Bull High Performance and the film, On Any Given Sunday.
  • Personally presented work to major clients including VPs at Activision.
  • Created internal and client presentation decks.
Technologies: Client Presentations, Axure RP Pro, Adobe Creative Suite

Interactive Web Designer

2011 - 2013
Lunchbox, LCC (Now: Mirum Agency)
  • Led the design of microsites, engagement pieces, full suites of online media placements, and in-store marketing that increased sales via
  • Generated creative campaign concepts and helped pitch and win long-distance clients.
  • Recognized repeatedly for outstanding growth and performance through fast-track promotion.
  • Proposed and implemented designs for major accounts such as Mattel, Kimberly-Clark, Smuckers, Mars, Fisher-Price, Philips, Sanrio, and more.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite
2007 - 2011

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design and Media Arts

University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA - Los Angeles, CA, USA


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe CC, Sketch, InVision, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe Creative Suite, Zeplin, Illustrator CC, Axure RP Pro

Industry Expertise

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Product Design, App UI, App UX, Digital Product Design, Web App Design, eCommerce Web Design, Web Design, Icon Design, Visual Identity, eCommerce Design, Website Redesign, Design, Logo Design, User Experience (UX), UI Design, UX Design, Branding, Apps, Dashboard Design, Blog Design, Style Guides, Client Presentations, App Design, Hybrid Apps, Responsive, Mobile UX, Mobile First, eCommerce, UX Thinking, Email Design, Rebranding, Customer Support, UX Audits, Live Chat, Dashboards, WordPress Design, iOS App Design, Brand Identity, Mobile App Design, Social Media, User Interface (UI), Profile Design, User Onboarding, iOS Camera, Icon Sets, Iconography, User Flows, Brand Guidelines, Newsfeeds, Digital Filters, Logo Systems, Visual Design, Art Direction, Prototyping, Wireframe to Product, School, Custom Logos, Vintage Logos, Community, Product Strategy, Digital Illustration

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