Laurel Schwulst is an artist, designer, and writer. She runs the design practice Beautiful Company and also teaches at Yale and Rutgers. Previously, Laurel was the creative director of The Creative Independent, Kickstarter's online publication. Before that, she worked at the design studio Linked by Air. Her book Perfume Area, co-authored with Sydney Shen, (Ambient Works, 2015) contemplates thirty-six designer fragrances. Most recently, Laurel made the ambient travel app Flight Simulator (Soft, 2019).