My name is Louise, and I believe in the transformative power of making things. This theme is central to my work. I am the Creative Director and Founder of Prototype, a feminist makerspace, and teach digital fabrication at Carnegie Mellon University. I've previously worked as the Director of Marketing for TechShop, Inc., and Education Manager for TechShop Pittsburgh.
One of only a few feminist makerspaces, Prototype is my home. It is where I spend my time and energy teaching, speaking, coordinating volunteers, and making things.
Carnegie Mellon University
Open to all majors, my classes are taught in CMU's IDeATe interdisciplinary program. These courses take an integrative approach to design, art, and technology. Both class websites are active, with syllabi in progress until Jan 16, 2018.
Starting as the Education Manager for TechShop Pittsburgh, I later became the Director of Marketing for the entire corporation (all 10 US stores and the corporate entity). My directive was to maximize sales and generate collateral. My personal missions were to provide staff support and rebrand.
The following collection is a reflection of my personal interests. Some projects are related to larger institutions, initiatives, or concepts, but these are my specific contributions that have personal relevance.
I love to share skills and knowledge. Teaching has always been a part of my professional roles and a personal interest. My experience in making—through Prototype, Assemble, and IDeATe—has given me the opportunity to hone my public speaking and teaching skills.
The core tenets of my work are design, education, and making. I'm particularly interested in how these intersect in physical/digital and public/private spaces. To see my daily practice and projects, follow @elouiselarson on Instagram.
Whether graphic, digital, print, event, or curriculum, design has always been a part of my life. Most recently, I have been working on documents and websites about TechShop's managed services. This involves +200-page feasibility studies that are distributed digitally and physically and a website outlining these services. My preferred programs include Illustrator, InDesign, Fusion360, Wordpress, Squarespace, and, when applicable, Arduino.
I teach at Prototype and Carnegie Mellon University. I've taught all age levels and a wide variety of topics, from laser cutting to zine making. Previously, I've worked as the Education Manager (and instructor) of TechShop Pittsburgh, Education Coordinator of Assemble, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts summer camp instructor, and a Digital Corps mentor.
I've never been siloed in a singular medium. My projects experiment with the boundaries of materials, culture, and context. This is also how I learn best—by taking on experiments that push my own boundaries. The gallery above is a sampling of some personal projects. Interested in following the development of my Arduino phone or KZ400? Follow me on Instagram @elouiselarson.