Laura Dempsey is a designer, strategist, and systems thinker who works at the intersection of disciplines, and sometimes, in the negative space between them. She currently consults as a senior strategist at Idea Couture, where she has partnered with cultural institutions, CPG companies, and urban systems innovators.

Laura collaborates with anthropologists, engineers, and fellow designers to discover uncommon, unexpected and unnoticed opportunities. She thinks about the future from a human-centred perspective, and is motivated by the deep belief that we are as equipped to innovate—and shape our collective future—by thinking and understanding, as we are by designing.

In her spare time, Laura designs wearable art pieces that fuse tradition with technology. This work has appeared in Make: Magazine, RFID Journal, and the Wall Street Journal, and been featured at CES and Xiamen Fashion Week.

She holds a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight + Innovation from OCAD University, a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.




First Place, Graduate Individual, APF 2016 Student Recognition Program
OCAD University Strategic Foresight + Innovation Graduate Medal Winner, 2015
First Place, Graduate Team; APF 2015 Student Recognition Program
NSCAD Wearable Art Show Juror's Prize, 2010


Logic Magazine Issue 06—Play: Roleplay, Interplay, Powerplay
Make: Magazine: Captivating Couture (Featuring Proxima)
Hackaday: RFID Jacket Flashes the Crowd at Make Fashion 2014
RFID Journal: Designer Has RFID Up Her Sleeve, 2014
Financial Times Photo Diary: CES 2014 sees the light
Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day
Motion Sensitive Dress featured at FashionWare, CES 2014
Western Living Magazine: One Question