Sarah Lidgus is a designer and educator whose work is centered around issues of equity and social justice within cities. While interested in all things urban, Sarah has a specific focus on community-based projects within New York City through her creative practice, Small City New York.
Sarah has worked alongside organizations like the Center for Urban Pedagogy, the Laundromat Project, the Design Trust for Public Space, and the Public Policy Lab. Favorite projects have yielded a community design school in Queens, a platform amplifying the art and activism of the South Bronx, and a communications campaign around nail salon workers rights across New York.
Previously, Sarah worked as a design lead in IDEO’s New York studio, and with IDEO.org as part of their inaugural fellowship class. She taught design research at the School of Visual Arts and currently teaches design thinking at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. In 2016, Sarah was Designer in Residence at the New York City Mayor’s Office, and was included as part of the GOOD 100 list, which highlights positive social impact through creative means. She lives in New York with her girlfriend and their tiny dog, Dolly.