Laura Cox, a girl in a striped shirt is smiling and looking off to the right

Laura Cox

Oh, hello! I'm the creator of this site and the work within, as well as a designer, a developer, an artist, and a maker of many things—though I'll usually just call myself Laura. I've been hanging around this planet for close to three decades, the last of which I've spent in Richmond, VA soaking up the sun, biking around town, getting inked, and making art. I'm a big fan of stripes and bright colors, I'm a plant lover and a dog owner, and I'm always looking for a new fantasy book to read or a reason to bake some goodies.

Coming from an art background, I have a trained eye for color and composition paired with a deep appreciation for how the two playing together can evoke emotion and communicate an idea. The role of art in design is often overlooked or underplayed, but I think it's integral for truly connecting and engaging with a visual work. I value the process of design and the journey of discovery from pen and paper to finished digital or physical work. I believe in making anything as originally as you can without reinventing what already exists, and I enjoy the challenges of learning new technology, creating something by hand, or finding new uses for old tools. There's always a project I'm itching to work on or a new idea taking shape in the back of my mind. If you've got an idea in mind for me, I'd love to hear about any collaborative, contract, or freelance work opportunities.



I've been called bubbly before, but maybe not enitrely to this degree. I'm an avid fermenter, coaxing bubbles out of fruits and veggies to give up their deeper flavors for kombucha, ginger beer, and hot sauce. I've even taken up the tradition of creating a new hot sauce each year for holiday gift giving; the video above documents the process of 2020's Peachfire Habanero Sauce.


To me, there's nothing quite like hunting for hidden treasure among storefuls of discarded items from other lives—something so mesmerizing about holding an object with a story all its own. Stepping into a thrift or antique store is the best time travel I've experienced thus far. The colors, the textures, the styles... there's inspiration everywhere!

Building Keyboards

My computer keyboard is a tool I use everyday, so why shouldn't it be an absolute joy to use? Mechanical keyboards give a satisfying tactile feedback and nearly infinite options for customization, plus the ability to use your own hands to build a working device yourself—it's the perfect Laura recipe. While I've finally built my dream keyboard (above) and waylaid my keyboard related purchases, I'm always avidly following updates in the community, looking at new case and board concepts, browsing keycap sets, keeping up with switch releases, and admiring so many amazing artisan keycaps.


Not just my freelancing name or the address of this site, LCD Studio refers to the actual space I work in. I believe that you can produce your best work when you're in the best environment for it. For me, that means having all my tools and supplies organized and in reach, plenty of paper to take notes and doodle on, open work space on my desk, computer monitors specified for coding and design work, easy access to another cup of tea, and all the right kinds of distractions, from artwork and photographs to color swatches and research books to lighting and background music (which coincidentally does include some LCD Soundsystem—big fan, but no relation). It's like drawing with your favorite pen, but it's not just the pen, it's everything else around you too. I aim not only to remove obstacles and bottlenecks in my making process, but to introduce inspiration and spontaneity into the process as well; the inspiration around me spark new thoughts and ideas whenever I lose steam or trail off or take a break on a project.

A creator sits at her desk in her studio surrounded by an organized tool wall, filing cabinets, and wall art

Here I am pictured in my natural environment, the studio space, filled with art, color, plants, projects, books, tools, notes, memories, ideas.

Studio desk setup at night with mood lighting and a close up of the mechanical keyboard Studio tool wall detail and wall art detail

The Site

Just as valuable as the environment to create work, is the environment in which the work lives. In this case, it's showcasing that work in my portfolio, which is more important still. So much so, that since the templates or customizers on any website builder I found weren't up to par, I decided to learn how to code so I could build a website to show off my work in just the way I wanted. After months of teaching myself the basics of HTML, CSS, and a little bit of jQuery, I began to build the first iteration of my portfolio site. Click here to see a live archive of that website. This design included a lot of color, a stacked block menu style, a parallax image gallery home page, and a layout of split-screen scrolling sections to display project process and final images.

In the years since deploying that site, I learned a lot more than the basics of HTML, diving into semantics and structure, upped my CSS knowledge and organization by learning how to use Sass and carefully selecting naming conventions, and dove into learning plain, basic Javascript. Not only did I want to update my portfolio site with all the new coding knowledge and methods I learned, but I started to envision a totally different environment to show my work in, so I began again and started a new website from scratch.

Array of notepad pages of lists and notes about new website content and organization

I started as I do any new project, by dumping my thoughts onto paper, making lists and sketches on note pads, then refining those notes by organizing ideas, rewriting for clarity and priority, and drawing new references. I had many pages of wireframes, some listing content to include, some mapping layout and navigation, and others noting what HTML tags or CSS structure to use.

New goals for the site were creating an easier to use navigation, simplifying the HTML structure to make updating and adding projects easier, refining the sizing and spacing, limiting color palettes while still maintaining a bold use of color, and adding more breathing space for better readability.

Array of sketchpad notes and notepad pages of lists, diagrams, and wireframes for LCD.studio site

Other big additions to the website are the CSS animations and the theme changing options. Both were technically unnecessary, but they add so much interaction to the site that I really enjoy (and hope you do too). The animations are made with 3D cubes rendered in CSS, designed to fit with my existing block branding, and timed to fall right into place. The different theme colors were my solution to being unable to decide on one color scheme, so why not have them all! A very handy Sass mixin and a bit of Javascript runs the function to switch between color themes.