Slow & Steady Design facilitates co-design workshops and thoughtful graphic communication design for clients / collaborators working in sustainability and social change. The name Slow & Steady Design reflects the philosophy and considered approach embraced by all aspects of work and – life.

Sarah Hay is a slow designer with experience applying human-centred / participatory design methods in support of a more sustainable, compassionate and just society. She founded Slow & Steady Design as a platform for organizing and sharing ideas, process and projects.

Read Sarah’s slow design thesis.

Clients/Collaborators: Solutions Lab @ City of Vancouver, SFU Leadership & Community Building Programs, Vancouver Design Nerds Society, Jewish Family Services, BC Brain Injury Association, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Faculty Association, Quantified Citizen, Brave Technology Coop, Recollective Consulting, OPEN Technologies, Happy City Lab, Public Assembly, GenWhy Media, Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, Indian Summer Festival, Fraser Health Authority and more.

Open for new projects summer 2020.

(Currently home schooling)


design & creative strategy

  • Branding / Visual Identity
  • Website Design
  • Publication Design
  • Infographics
  • Environments

facilitation & engagement

  • Collaborative Process Design
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Custom Workshop Materials
  • Synthesis + Reporting

teaching & research

  • Curriculum Design
  • Hands-on Studios
  • Advising + Connections
  • Feedback + Evaluation

Switching to first person…

Hi! I’m Sarah. I believe design is a powerful tool to slow us down in order to connect and build – meaningful relationships and brands, projects and places – especially those that challenge status quo. In 2003, I received my Bachelors of Industrial Design from Carleton University (with distinction) and in 2007 I received my Masters of Applied Arts in Design from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

As a freelance designer, I am inspired when a new project comes my way and I am invited to help clients figure out how to best position themselves to share their story and service with the world. This work is mostly designing visual identities for web and print, with occasional environments and material prototypes. Click through to see work samples and read my post about how I work with clients.

As a facilitator, I work mostly with Vancouver Design Nerds Society, an organization that facilitates creative collaboration between artists, designers and the public at large. Since 2003, we’ve hosted over 60 ‘Design Jams’ on a wide range of topics including affordable housing, higher education, urban planning and public space activation. Last fall, I completed a three day workshop called Effective Group Facilitation as part of SFU’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement.

As an educator, I have taught multiple courses in industrial and interaction design at Emily Carr University, including medical product design, service design and new product paradigms. Additionally, I teach design thinking + civic engagement for SFU’s Certificate Program in Dialogue and Civic Engagement. This work keeps my design research game strong and challenges me in ways beyond anything else I do.

If you are still here (wow!), and would like to connect or pitch a project to me, please reach out.


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