Hello, my name is Laura Martini and I'm a product designer. That means I make things like computer hardware and yo-yos. It also means I design systems like mobile apps and . Before I make anything, I watch people, talk to them, and try to understand the complexities of their needs.

Want the highlights? Check out my résumé.

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Current Work

I use design to help people understand their bodies as the director the product design team at Counsyl, a DNA company in South San Francisco, CA.

While my work has become increasingly strategic in recent years, I continue to love getting my hands dirty for everything from rapid prototyping to production-grade products.

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Training

I learned how to be a proper nerd during my undergrad years at MIT where I studied mechanical engineering and anthropology, and worked in the MIT Media Lab with designer John Maeda.

Like any clichéd product design resumé, mine includes stints at both Apple and the design firm IDEO in product design roles.

While getting an MS in Design at Stanford, I developed an interest in User Experience Design. I jointly led a team of students on a year-long project, researching the museum experience and creating an exhibition.

I first became interested in the the medical space as Designer-in-Residence at Palo Alto Investors, a public equity firm specializing in the healthcare sector.

I do freelance work with startups who need design and strategy assistance, and have worked with startups at the incubators Social + Capital and Harrison Metal, as well as the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Formative Years

I spent my formative years perfecting my midwestern work ethic and enjoying all four seasons in my native Minneapolis, MN. 

Like everyone, I am shaped by the circumstances of my childhood, and have used my personal experiences to find meaning in the product design work I do.

My older sister, Sarah, was born with a genetic disease called Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome. In addition to becoming familiar with visiting the ICU at the local children's hospital, I had the opportunity to attend schools with strong special education programs and rode the "Special Ed" bus with Sarah for many years. Growing up with a sister who has myriad physical and mental challenges made me acutely aware of how a child's disability can affect an entire family and how poorly the world is designed to accommodate people who have physical challenges.

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