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Lauren Thomson specializes in creating clean and efficient websites, visually compelling marketing materials and graphic design, and crisp, clever copywriting for small to medium-sized businesses, artists, start-ups, and the self-employed. She has been designing websites since 1998.

Lauren has a background in fine art, marketing, public relations, copywriting, bookselling and garden design. She has worked for, and with, small, independently-owned businesses for over 20 years and understands the special, customized touch that a small business needs and prefers.

Lauren is a practical perfectionist; she has an astonishing eye for detail and an ardent desire to work efficiently. Anyone that knows her agrees she can get an extraordinary number of things done in a day — and do all of them very well.

When she is not busy talking about herself in the third person, she enjoys drawing, encaustic painting, gardening (particularly with blue flowers), soldering silver, enameling copper, and reading.

Lauren holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and has continued her education with various classes at Girl Develop It, the Corcoran School of Art, the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Maryland.

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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

– Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995