Sarah Lidgus is a designer and writer whose work explores opportunities for empathy within large, complicated systems—and then designs moments of humanity back in. A former design lead at IDEO’s New York studio and a fellow in the inaugural class of, Sarah’s work has managed to span industries from fashion to philanthropy. Favorite projects have tackled in-home sanitation in Ghana, flood preparation in New York, and nail salon workers rights in Queens. Sarah recently founded her own company, Small City, which is focused on making big city impact through small, strategic design. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Visual Arts, and lives in the East Village with her tiny dog, Dolly.

Recent Awards

  • 2013 IDEA Silver, Social Design
  • 2013 Finalist, Fast Company's Innovation by Design Awards in Social Impact
  • 2010 IDEA Bronze, Design Strategy
  • 2009 IDEA Gold, Home Design Concepts