A provocative workshop about designing the future of food for BC and the Netherlands.

Climate change, population growth, world health issues, topsoil degradation etc. pose systemic risks to our global food systems. How can we use design thinking methods, international collaboration and entrepreneurship to create new adaptable food systems to withstand climate and socio-economical transformations? How can local food leaders in British Columbia and the Netherlands turn the existential threat of food crises into an opportunity for big and bold ideas?

Many thanks to Wilco and his team at Dunefield Consulting for inviting me to facilitate one of the tables. I had so much fun! They are doing some interesting research around sustainable food systems, see link below. And I am feeling a pull (and a new consulting contract with City of Vancouver!) towards investigating food systems and specifically the problem of food waste.


I’m spending some time today making updates and tweaks here and there.. so I might as well post a little #wip for a graphic design project I’m working on for the good people at SFU continuing studies. I’ve been asked to develop a visual program guide for the Executive Leadership Certificate program (similar to the one I did for the Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate, for which I am an instructor). It’s always one of my favourite phases in design process… translating my thinking + napkin sketch ideas into three concept directions to share with the client, and waiting for their feedback (i.e. pivoting from divergent to convergent mode).


ENGAGED SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: CREATING MORAL AGENCY
by Louise St. Pierre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

A beautiful story-weaving of personal experiences, written by Louise, about getting outside of her comfort zones – in relation to 20 years of developing and advancing sustainable design curriculum, of which I have been an astute student. I re-visited the article this morning (in lieu of attending a hatha yoga class at my local studio) and find myself at peace simply contemplating her evolving position on anthropocentric nature of design, and the role spirituality, animism and deep ecology can play in building moral agency in our practice. With these thoughts, I’m very much looking forward to spending two weeks exploring the wild west coast in our home-boat with my family this summer. Slow practice.



Brain Stories

Category : process

The collage below was part of an approved proposal for BC Brain Injury Association. Stay tuned for updates! We’re in final edit mode for the first story to launch on brainstreams.ca.





starting a business

turning 37 (my all time favourite number)

climbing a mountain

voting

protesting

sunning

birthday gratitude

boating

relaxing



Confession: I’ve been sitting on this website for over two years.

It’s taken me this long to build the portfolio and muster up enough momentum to make the creative (and administrative) leap of changing over from beloved Breavo (named after the resident beaver who used to live in the creek behind our house) to Slow & Steady Design.

(image source: Vancouver-Slowest-City-Manifesto)

What’s in a Name?

The new name – Slow & Steady Design – reflects my values and approach to design and collaboration, and sets a course for the next many years of social entrepreneurship in this wild world. It’s also a declaration that the best things in life take time and that unrealistic self imposed deadlines are not sustainable. For me, slow does not imply idleness but rather a commitment to being honest and realistic about the time and value of good design especially as it relates to sustainability, be it personal, social, environmental, or preferably all of the above. My masters thesis was all about slow design and I hope to continue to add to that research here.

It’s becoming more important to me to have the name truly reflect the type of work I enjoy.

Ironically, I do work rather swiftly and efficiently with proper bearings.

Work-in-Progress and Feedback Loops

You may have arrived here through email link I sent to you. Thank you for visiting! If you spend some time here, you may see a project post for the work we did together. The post may or may not be complete. I welcome your feedback and input as this portfolio will always be a work in progress – it can always be better, more complete.

Simplification as means for Liberation

Moving forward, please use sarah@slowandsteady.co to reach me over email, and also for shared g-drive and calendar invites, dropbox, etc..

Feeling Thankful

Thank you again for being here and reading this post. Please add a comment below if you feel inspired and I hope that we will have a chance to work together again in the near future. Feel free to drop my name if a great design opportunity pops up on your radar. I would really appreciate it!


How I work with clients

Learning how to work with different teams and people is one of my favourite aspects of design and collaboration. Asking honest questions, active listening and experimentation all play significant roles through my work and allow me to find common ground necessary to helping clients achieve their goals. Clear communication. Trust. Feedback loops. Process is incredibly important to me. Time is valuable; I use it wisely and transparently. Ultimately, my role as a communication designer is to translate your vision into visual form that connects on rational and emotional levels. I believe I work well with people because I tend not to get too attached to ideas, but rather focus on being flexible and that satisfaction of knowing my clients / collaborators feel heard defines success for me.


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