Saskia Baard

Trainee Service Designer
Saskia is a trainee service designer, supporting projects in the health and local government sectors at Innovation Unit.

Originally from South Africa, Saskia completed her undergraduate studies in visual communication design at Stellenbosch University. Following this, she worked as a designer and project manager for projects in South Africa, the Netherlands, Morocco, and the UK. Her work always had a social or environmental focus, and these projects sparked her interest in co-design and community development.

Saskia completed an MA in Sustainable Design at Kingston University. For her major learning project, she researched streets as public spaces in a suburban setting and how participatory design could contribute to their creation.

Before joining Innovation Unit, Saskia was a project developer and researcher at Social Life; an organisation focusing on placemaking. Here she worked on projects focusing on social sustainability, housing, urban design, and community development.

Innovation Unit’s approaches of whole system design, co-design, and empowerment resonates strongly with Saskia, and she’s excited to learn more about social innovation and approaches to design in public services. Her interests include systems thinking, health and wellbeing, education, and urbanism. She is eager to continue working on projects where she can apply creative approaches and use design as a vehicle for social and environmental change.