Sarah Hay (she/her) is a white settler, mother of two boys, living on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh Nations. Her creative and professional practice is rooted in design and is expressed in many different forms and dimensions. She brings two decades of experience researching and applying collaborative, strategic and speculative design methods to community engaged projects. Sarah is the founder and lead designer of Slow & Steady Design; co-director of the Vancouver Design Nerds Society; sessional faculty at Emily Carr University of Art + Design; and visiting faculty at Simon Fraser University.
At Emily Carr, Sarah teaches courses in industrial and interaction design on topics such as sustainability and systems thinking, designing with nature, design for disability and inclusion, public sector innovation and professional practice. Sarah also works with the Faculty Association working toward improving faculty labour conditions within the University.
At SFU, Sarah teaches Design Thinking Methods for Engagement as part of the Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate Program. This intensive one day workshop explores the role of design in civic engagement and social change through an equity lens.
With the Vancouver Design Nerds, Sarah develops and leads design workshops with local organizations and the public that aim to address complex challenges while activating our collective imagination.
With Slow & Steady, Sarah designs brand identities, publications and graphics for clients working toward sustainability and serves as a design and engagement consultant to local government and nonprofit organizations.