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Sara Miller

Originally from the Tampa Bay Area of Florida, Sara attempted surviving the frozen tundra of Michigan for four years in college. It was there, bundled in many scarves and coats and sipping on hot cider, that she developed a passion for listening to and telling stories as well as social justice, studying English and minoring in Community Action and Social Change. Recognizing her need for sunshine and warmth, she moved to Austin, Texas shortly after graduation. She has worked in for the most part in the education space, in sales, development, and operations. A creative at the core she has always sought opportunities to weave together the stories of people and people to products, movements, initiatives, etc. in creative ways. She now looks to meld that with her artistic abilities(which flowered mostly in high school, puttered out in a couple of courses in college, and now really only manifest in her painting) in designing stellar experiences for this next phase of her career.

One of Sara’s favorite places in the world is in the middle of Barton Springs on a real hot day. She loves watching a game of University of Michigan football but more often than not chooses to refrain from doing so because of the emotional toll it can take on the days following. Unlike every other millennial, she loves traveling, eating good food, drinking great beer, and being outside as much as possible. She enjoys attempting to bake “difficult things” and recreating things she ate at restaurants. She is proud of being from Florida and Detroit is another one of her all time favorite places to be.

Recent blog posts

Sketchy

This week for our Studio Drawing class, we were tasked with conceiving of 10 activities that one might do in their daily life and drawing a sketch of that communicated that activity. I went through at least three iterations of each sketch/activity. And you can see some examples of those activities and iterations below. This…

Narrative Synthesis

For class this week, we were tasked with synthesizing seven readings which tackled the concept of designing solutions for poverty. We were asked to create a narrative (or story) that discussed this synthesis and then visualize the narrative in a comic strip format. I began this assignment by considering the main points of each of…

(Group) Work

At some point during college, I remember coming up with what I thought was this revolutionary idea: if only I could do things on my own (operate in a sort of vacuum), I could be a freakin rockstar at anything I wanted to be. The real world required explaining to people your perspective before doing…

This week for our Design, Society, and the Public Sector class, we were asked to create a visualization that compared the views expressed about when and how design research should come into the design process, views expressed in 10 articles by 8 authors. I choose to analyze the approach of each of these authors from…

Importance of Defining Your Values As a (Insert Profession Here)

This weekend I got to spend time with friends. One of them works in content mitigation at a large, well-known tech company, another works as a speech language pathologist, and another just transitioned into a data science role in tech (also at a large, well-known tech company) from finance. My friend who had just transitioned…

Growing Pains

With the close of this week, we have officially completed three weeks of our year here at AC4D. In so many ways, it feels like it has been much longer than the actual 21 days we have been enmeshed in this experience. I feel I have consumed more information than could possibly fit into three…

Reading Comparisons

For class this week, we were asked to compare the 6 essays by 5 thought leaders and identify their chief arguments. We were then asked to plot the 5 leaders based off of their chief arguments on a  axis of importance. I chose to define importance as making a direct argument for how to be a…

This is It – Michael Jackson

I remember returning to school after summer break the beginning of my senior year of college and for the first time thinking, “I understand how to do this school thing.” After three years of adjusting to college life (i.e. finding and cooking my own food, managing my to-do lists, going through various modes to manage my…

Courage

I know that this blog post is supposed to be about design. This is a warning that I am going to start with a divergence because it is what is most on my mind but it’s apt. So, bear with me. Aretha Franklin passed away today. When I think of her legacy, I first think…

The Discomfort of Design

When I think of a good product, I think of products that “feel like they should have always existed.” They always feel like it was an idea I had once but did not pursue. I have not ever really unpacked that or considered what went into creating that as deeply as I did today. The…

Getting Our Hands Dirty

Yesterday morning we had a wonderful first class with the brilliant Jon Kolko. He spoke to us about the evolution of design over the past couple of decades. He made an important differentiation between what folks may think when we tell them that we are going to school for design (i.e. a Eames chair) verses…

First Day Jitters

My first day of orientation at AC4D is complete and I am humming with excitement. There is so much to look forward to. Firstly, we are the inaugural class at the new Springdale location. It is a beautiful space within the Springdale General development. Many of the other organizations and businesses that have moved or…

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