I’m Sarah Harrison, a UX designer, mentor, and lean process coach in San Francisco.
You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a mentor to grow your UX design skills, or to build a sustainable creative process with your team. I can empower you to design and build products customers love while maintaining a happy, healthy workflow that you can keep doing without burning out.
That last bit is super important to me. I believe we can only solve the world's important problems if we are 100% healthy and on our game.
You clicked in here to get to know me a little bit better, and I know you wouldn’t have gotten this far if you were like 95% of people on this planet. You get what I’m saying about creativity and empowerment and you want to hear more. I think we’ll get along!
HERE’S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE I’VE BEEN AND HOW I GOT HERE:
What I wanted to be when I grow up: An artist. Or a dancer. In a way, I got to be both. As soon as I heard of the internet, I knew I wanted to help build it. I didn’t know design was a thing when I started college, so I almost became a Psychologist. Luckily I course corrected and went on to get a BFA in graphic design & interface design. My thesis was on empowering individuals to self-publish and build community online.
What I now want to be when I grow up: A nomadic farmer. My dream is to build an off-grid self-sustaining farm, growing my own organic food and raising chickens and goats. I also want to live the mobile lifestyle and travel. I’m not sure if these can happen at the same time. I left my first design job, helping an organic farmer build a brand, for big city life and a career in technology. Funny how things come full-circle.
Hidden talents: Dance. Choreography. Improvisation. Showmanship. My first teaching gig was teaching ballroom and swing dance to college students. Later, I joined a performing lindy hop troupe in Seattle. I’ve been flipped and thrown over my partner’s head and can land on my feet with a smile. I can dance the Charleston in high heels.
Secret superpower: I have a magic voodoo mind trick to heal headaches and back pain. Actually it’s not a trick, it’s a very simple meditation. I’ve learned to combat adrenal fatigue, anxiety, burnout, and chronic pain with yoga and meditation, despite my inner skeptic’s stubborn complaints. I'm working on becoming a certified yoga instructor so I can show others how to do this too.
What the world needs now: Empathy. Compassion. Flexibility. The problems humanity is facing now are largely born out of an old way of thinking that revolved around self-protection and fear. We created unsustainable systems and now we’re seeing their byproducts pile up in huge economic imbalances, inequality, excess waste, pollution, health issues. These are big society-level problems that will take a collaborative effort to solve. We can’t do that if we’re still only looking out for ourselves.