I’m Sarah, a do-er of sorts, daring to dream alternative futures. I’m currently working as a Designer at The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and The Big Idea, and I’m also a Local Pathways Fellow with UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth. 

Got any questions or want to chat? Drop me a line.

Want to see my experience? Check it out.

In other news, I recently launched my debut album and research project ‘The Housekeepers’ with musician Doireann Glackin. Have a listen and then go empty your pockets!


MA UX & Interaction Design
TU Dublin (2019-2020)

Grade: 1:1

BA (Hons) Photography
TU Dublin (2012-2016)

Grade: 2:1


Human-Centred Design, Transition Design Methodologies, Systems Thinking, Critical Thinking, User Interviews, Surveys, Personas, Experience Maps, User Journeys, Agile Methodologies, Wireframing, Prototyping, Information Architecture, Usability Testing, User Interface Design, Photography, working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.


InVision, Figma, Adobe Creative Suite.


Social Innovation Designer 
The Big Idea
Dec 2020 - Present

UX & Transition Designer & Academic Researcher
May 2020 - Aug 2020
Developed a practical application of Transition Design (self-taught) to address declining urban biodiversity levels; and completed an academic paper which contributes new knowledge to the fields of UX and TD by exploring their strenghts and weaknesses as wel as their potential relationship. Conducted research using TD and UX methodologies including systems thinking, forecasting, backcasting, surveys, interviews, personas, and usability testing. Paid particular attention to content design to address user needs. 

UX, UI & Interaction Designer
The Housekeepers (Online Archive)
Feb - May 2020
Generated a web-based crowdsourcing solution to address gender inequality in the traditional music archives. Developed the user experience, branding, user interface and interaction design. Developed and tested prototypes in Figma and coded a high-fidelity prototype in HTML, CSS & JavaScript. The platform will launch in 2021. 

UX Researcher & Designer
Nov 2019 - Jan 2020
Worked for RideShair to research, prototype, design and test their white label, digital platform that meets both business goals and user needs. 

Programme Designer & Facilitator
5 Lamps Arts Festival
Jan - May 2019
Designed and facilitated a Design Thinking programme for primary school students called Project 45’. Worked in collaboration with St. Vincents GNS William Street North, 5 Lamps Arts Festival, Fighting Words and Royal Canal Amenity Group. Filmed for Nationwide and TRTÉ news2day. 

Ethnographic Researcher, Project Manager, Musician & Self-Publisher
The Housekeepers (Research & Album)
Jan 2018 - May 2019Collaborated with researcher and musician Doireann Glackin. Conducted ethnographic research into the lives and music of 5 traditional female musicians from the early 20th century. Recorded and self-pubished an album accompanied by a 24-page booklet including writings from our research and archival photographs. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jack Talty, Booklet design by Black Rogue Design. Awarded the DEIS recording award from the Arts Council of Ireland. Launcned and performed throughout Ireland and in the UK. 

Awards & Accomplishments

2020 ‘Re-imagining Alternative Futures’, Creative Bravery Festival (workshop facilitator).

Photography (selected exhibitions, publications & awards)
100 Views of Contemporary Ireland, PhotoIreland.
2019 New Irish Works, Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland.
2019 Artist in Residence, Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland.
2018 How To Flatten A Mountain, Rathfarnham Castle, PhotoIreland.
PhotoIreland Scholarship recipient.
2017 Útlendingur, TLP Editions.
RUA 136th Annual, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
2017 Iceview Magazine Vol 2.
2017 Artist In Residence, NES Artist Residency, Iceland.
2016 Mémoire instantanées, Université Paris 8 Saint-Denis, France
2016 The Copper House Gallery Collection.
2015 Photographer of the Year, DIT Student Media and Art Awards.

Music (selected performances, awards and recognitions)
The Ace And Deuce of Piping, online concert.
Irish Arts Center NYC, online concert.
2020 Performance in City Hall, Dublin.
2020 5 star review of ‘The Housekeepers’ in The Journal of Music.
2019 Launched and perfomed ‘The Housekeepers’ research project & album in Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway Mayo, Electric Picnic, London, Birmingham & on national tv and radio.
2018 Arts Council ‘Deis Recording Award’ recipient for ‘The Housekeepers’.
2017 Performance in Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca Della Musica, Bologna, Italy.
2015 Performance at Expo Milan, Italy.

2007-2012 Dublin Camogie player.