Alice Nell
January 19, 2016

2015 / 2016 with Sarah Kennedy

If December is all about reflecting and setting new goals, then January would be the month to actually get to work: to push limits, change habits and work to reach those goals. In our 2015/2016 series, betahaus members share with you what they’ve learned in 2015, and what their goals are for 2016.

Sarah Kennedy


  1. Not backing up work I had a hard drive that suddenly died one Monday morning in July and I lost years of work. Luckily, nothing I was working on at the time was affected, but past work for my portfolio, useful templates, fonts and photos just vanished. A very sad week but it taught me a very important lesson: back up your backup! ...
  2. Trying to fit too much work into a working week I tried to please too many clients at the same time which lead to doing too much work and working long hours.. .....
  3. Saying yes to every project By the end of 2015, I realised that I had reached a stage in my design career where I shouldn't accept every project that comes my way. I need to be selective and choose the projects that are right for me and the right fit for my skills....


"I need to be selective and choose the projects that are right for me and the right fit for my skills.".


  1. Less time designing on a computer and more time designing by hand I’m hoping to screen print more of my own work throughout the year and experiment more. Last year, for example, I started to screen print on wood. I wish to keep going with this and also start screen printing on ceramics… watch this space!.. ....
  2. More collaborations with co-workers My most successful projects last year were due to strong teamwork. We shared ideas and skills and produced great outcomes and had lots of fun along the way.... ...
"My most successful projects last year were due to strong teamwork"


Sarah is a freelance designer working on the 2nd floor at the Betahaus. Aside from her work as a designer, she also teaches some of the Betahaus workshops and courses including Screen Printing and Introduction to Photoshop.

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