Team Member Spotlight: Laura Stauber
Laura Stauber, Director of Design at Spectacle, is in the Spotlight for March. We did a Q&A with her to take a peek behind the scenes of the great design mind that provides our clients with such exceptional work, and got us hooked on Figma.
Tell us about where you grew up?

I grew up in the Magic City of Miami. It’s hot, vibrant, chaotic, and constantly changing — it feels like a different city every time I go back. It’s a fun place to visit, but overall, I think Austin’s laid-back, fun-loving vibe suits me better.

What led you to become a designer?

I took lots of drawing and painting classes as a kid. Actually, my first piece of graphic design was a program cover I drew in the second-grade. It was for a class production of The Wiz. I wish I still had a copy of it. But I never thought about pursuing visual art as a career. Then in college when I was waffling between the arts and sciences and I kind of stumbled into it. It brought together creative and analytical skills which I love.

What's your favorite part of the branding process and why?

The visual concepting phase. We’ve just immersed ourselves in our client’s company to better understand them inside and out, there’s a lot of collaboration between design and strategy, and the project is full of insights and exploration.

What brand emulates your personality?

That’s a great question! I have a strong affinity for Parks Project. I love their mission and playful graphics. “Leave it better than you found it” has become a larger statement for me, like a personal motto.

Where do you go when you're in need of creative inspiration?

Not any one place. The creative process can be a bit meditative for me, so getting away from the screen is critical.

Best restaurant in Austin?

Canje, Uchiko, and Sway are all pretty spectacular.

What's the latest trend you're hopping on?

I’m enjoying some of the nostalgic aesthetics that have been popular for a while. The last few years have been so stressful for everyone — it makes a lot of sense to bring back the comfortable and familiar.

If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?

Believe in yourself. You’re capable of a lot more than you realize.

If you have more questions for Laura regarding design, or just want to say hi, feel free to email her at