Slow & Steady Design aims to produce meaningful work based on a solid foundation of creative strategic thinking, collaboration and design sensibility. The name Slow & Steady Design reflects the philosophy and considered approach embraced by all aspects of work and – life. It is the sustainability strategy.

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

Open for new projects March 2020.

Sarah Hay is an interdisciplinary designer and facilitator with experience applying design research and participatory design methods to engage, critically and creatively, with organizations. She founded Slow & Steady Design as a platform for organizing and sharing ideas, process and projects.

design & typography

  • Branding / Visual Identity
  • Print + Digital
  • Infographics + Iconography
  • Environments

facilitation & engagement

  • Process design
  • Customized Workshop Materials
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Reporting

design education

  • 1:1 Coaching
  • Curriculum Design
  • Presentations
  • Hands-on Studios
  • Evaluation

Switching to first person…

Hi! I’m Sarah. I believe design is a powerful tool to connect and build – 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. With over twelve years of experience in the design + sustainability space, I split my working time as freelance designer, facilitator and educator.

As a freelance designer, I get excited when a new project comes my way and I get to help clients figure out how to best position themselves and share their stories with the world. This work is mostly designing visual identities for web and print, with occasional environments and material prototypes. See work samples here and read my post about how I work with clients here.

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 ‘Jams’ on a wide range of topics including affordable housing, higher education, urban sustainability 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. Additionally, I have been developing and refining a 1 day design thinking + civic engagement for SFU’s Certificate Program in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, that I lead once a year. This work keeps my design research game strong and challenges me in ways beyond anything else I do.

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