is an anthropologist turned creative director living in New York City


Most recently, Lana worked at Foursquare, where she led location-driven creative partnerships and innovation, and at VICE, where she collaborated with brands to produce digital content for Broadly, Tonic, Motherboard, and VICE Impact. She is currently freelance.

During her time at Foursquare, Lana built an in-house creative studio ︎, trolled IHOP ︎, and created new location-aware ad formats ︎. At VICE, she made more than 50 videos ︎, launched three digital channels ︎, meditated with two Shugendo monks ︎, and was responsible for one trademark.

Lana completed her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2014 and received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Penn in 2010. She is an alum of IDEO and RadicalMedia, where she worked on the Ocean Health Index, Gagosian App, Sting 25, and NASA Mission Juno.

Some of her early graphics projects include Simplifood and The Wedding Grid. She wrote her undergrad thesis, Strolling and Scrolling: Navigating the Local through the New York Times Brooklyn “Local” Blog, on the interplay between digital and physical space, and her MA thesis, Remembering the Future: The Designer as Ethnographer of Imagination, on the relationship between memory and imagination.

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2019
Launched Women Who Changed Science, an AI-assisted web experience for Microsoft and Nobel Media

2018
Influenced the senate vote to restore net neutrality with dynamic, location-based media that allowed people to call or text their senators directly from the ads

2018
Exhibited Night Botany, a poster show and fundraiser, at the SOMMWHERE gallery in NYC

2018
Featured in Communication Arts

2016
Featured in the “New Voices in Design” series of Debbie Millman’s Design Matters podcast

2016
Co-led “Elastic Narratives” workshop as part of Parsons’ VergeNYC conferencce

2015
Presented “Data as Artifacts in Design Interventions” at the Design Anthropological Futures Conference in Copenhagen

2015
Visiting critic in speculative design for SVA's Products of Design MA

2015
Designer-in-residence at Laboratorio para la Ciudad in Mexico City