Sarah Sandman is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work uses design to create social experiences that bring people together, such as her Gift Cycle project, in which she helped neighboring communities exchange gifts of art.
Sandman is the co-director of the design studio and community lab, Public Displays of Affection (PDA). PDA builds social capital with communication design, creating objects and experiences that enhance our sense of interconnectedness. Community and the environment are at the forefront of PDA's design process.
Sandman has been selected as a TED Fellow 2015. Sandman's work has been exhibited at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, the 2010 Open Engagement Conference in Portland, OR and the 2013 Playtime Symposium at Eyebeam in New York, NY. Sandman is also an assistant professor in the Media Design Programs at Hostos Community College (CUNY) in the South Bronx. In addition to teaching classes in typography, color theory and 2D design, Sandman serves as the co-coordinator of the Hostos Design Lab summer design intensive. Sandman has been a visiting lecturer and critic at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Syracuse University, The Fashion Institute of Technology, and Parsons. She served on the board of FEAST from 2009-2013 (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), a Brooklyn-based arts granting organization whose efforts have been presented at the Creative Time Living As Form exhibit and 2011 New Museum Festival of Ideas. Sandman has also worked as a senior designer at the communications agencies Egg in Seattle, WA and Green Team in New York, NY.
Sandman has a special place in her heart for the midwest, having grown up in St. Louis, MO. She thinks the state of Kansas is absolutely beautiful despite many opposing opinions. Most importantly she loves to dance and will happily liven any party with the signature "Diamond Dance."
M.F.A, Graphic Design, summa cum laude
Rhode Island School of Design
B.F.A, Visual Communication, summa cum laude
University of Kansas and Fachochschule Trier, Germany