Resume of Laura Holder


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Iowa State University College of Design

Ames, Iowa
Spring 1991

Continued Art & Design Studies

Furniture Design

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco Campus
Fall 1992 - Spring 1993

Fine Art Painting & Sculpture;
Furniture Design, Graphic Design

Post-graduate Studies
Illinois State University College of Fine Arts
Normal, IL
Fall 1994 - Spring 1995

Furniture Design

Sam Maloof Scholarship Recipient
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass, CO
Summer 1996


Cooper Union School of Art
New York, NY
Summer 1998

Professional Courses and Affiliations

Nielsen/Norman Group User Experience Conference

November 2006

Good Experience Associate Council Member



published elsewhere

self published


site highlights

Recent Experience
Creative Director, Editorial & Product, Global Media

  • Editorial and Product design direction, user-experience for,,
  • Contributing marketing design direction for,
  • Reuters on-air broadcast package design direction
  • Reuters Pictures slideshow design direction/design
05.2006 - 12.2007

New York Times Digital
Interaction Designer

Independent Contractor
  • IA, design, iconography for some NYTimes Blogs
  • IA, interactive design, icon container for e-newsletter sign-up modules
  • Contributing design for The New York Times website
01.2006 - 05.2006
Partner, Creative Director, Information Architect, Lead Designer

Social networking startup website where people can seek and offer local services, skills, trades & talents.
  • Information Architecture
  • Interactive and User Interface Design
  • Art Direction
  • Conceptualize and design all marketing and promotional material
08.2004 - present
Consulting Art Director, Web Designer

  • Research & Development design for global news and information sites
  • Contributing art direction for,,
  • Interviewing, recruiting and hiring Art Director and Senior Designers
05.2005 - 11.2005
Web Designer / Developer

Brooklyn artist's online portfolio
  • Information architecture, design and code; site maintenance.

Clementine Floral Studio
Identity Design, Print Design

Floral Studio Identity, Business Cards

Past Experience
Associate Creative Director, Art Director, Web Designer

  • Art direction and site design for the CBS News website
  • Editorial design and art direction for breaking-news and in-depth storytelling on the web
  • Lead designer for the first generation of the CBS News website, working with and overseeing agency (Razorfish) in conception and implementation of initial template-driven site, as well as two subsequent redesigns
  • Art directed and designed CBS News Program websites for publication within CMS templates
  • Created customizable web templates and colorschemes for use by CBS' 156 affiliate station sites
  • Designed custom video and audio players throughout the CBSNews website
  • Multimedia and actionable iconography design
  • Art directed Flash news interactives
  • Contributing art direction and design on entertainment website
03.1997 - 07.2000,,
Web Designer

Independent Contractor for Gruner & Jaar publishing (now Meredith Corp.)
  • Lead designer for complete redesign of CMS templated online version of Parents, "America's Number One Parenting Magazine." IA, design, HTML
  • Design of online logo (since evolved)
  • Information architecture for's highly-trafficked Community pages (site has since been redesigned)
  • Contributing site design and development, monthly content updating and publishing
  • Marketing design for and
08.2001 - 12.2005

Modern Living Supplies
Web Designer / Developer

Mid-century/Modern furniture dealer brochure website
  • Information architecture, design, front-end development
2003 - present

Fistful of Digits
Art Director, Interaction Designer

  • Conceptualized, art directed, designed, and pitched HTML and Flash websites for clients at this boutique interactive agency
  • Information architecture and usability were integral steps of our design and development process
  • Identity design including logo, business cards, letterhead, and promotional collateral
  • Designed and co-developed the company's Flash website,
07.2000 - 05.2001

Other Clients:
Gartner Inc.

A & E's The History Channel

Languages and Software

Languages Proficienct in HTML and CSS; (XHTML), familarity with PHP, JavaScript
Software Advanced use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Illustrator, HomeSite
Emphasis User-experience, usefulness, interaction design. Proficient in photographic color-correction and printing. PC and Macintosh platforms. Front-end development for cross-platform, cross-browser compatibility. Ten years of art direction, interaction design, user-experience design, and coding for the web.