We are Stargazed Studio, a family-run design studio specializing in intuitive UX design that connects people
We help small businesses and online entrepreneurs looking to create meaningful connections with the experience they offer to their followers, visitors, and clients, through a purposeful, intuitive online presence.
Your brand represents who you are, who you serve, and what you stand for—so let us help you get that message across in a way your audience will not only read about it, but actually experience it.
Our services and programs will help you with...
Jana Works | Activ8
Consultant and Entrepreneur
"I have only good things to say about Sara. She's so incredibly humble and I enjoy our conversations. She's receptive to feedback and always has a solution.
I have worked with my fair share of developers and designers and have to say, Sara is one of the most talented web developers I've come across. She not only understands the technical pieces and can bring you back to reality when your ideas are just going to waste time and money but the design elements that bring it all together. Not to mention, she's fast! This is a very unique skillset to have. I will be recommending her to all of my clients."
Our team is our family. Literally. This business exists so we can create the life we want for our family.
And we know our clients are working on their own goals for their own families too. And we don't have a set definition of it: found family, pet family, and everything in between—we want to help you!
Work to Live
Instead of Live to Work. We want to live each moment. Our work is a tool to achieve things, but it's not the ultimate goal.
We have a life, our clients have a life, life happens. And that's the priority!
Our business is not perfect. But as long as we are satisfied about what we are achieving, everything is good!
This is what we want to feel at the end of every project launch, every client service, every event. Knowing that we did our very best, that we are bringing change, and that our audience is feeling this too!
This studio exists because of the support we have received in our journey. No way we could have made it so far by ourselves.
We have an amazing support system, and we strive to pay forward what we've received and support others as well in everything we can.
As a team, we keep each other accountable. As service providers, we help our clients stay accountable. As a community, you hold us accountable.
This applies to tasks and projects. But also to our commitment to take care of our world and build a better future together.
Everything in our business revolves around this. We want to connect to you, and help you connect to the people who need your services.
We recognize connection as a basic human need, and approach our work with the goal of fulfilling this need. That's why our design is focused on human connection above all.
Who We are
Sara is the founder of this studio, starting it back in 2017 as Sara Obando Design. She started building websites when she was 12, and got her first copy of Photoshop at 15—she knew then that she'd end up working with websites!
What she didn't know was that she would develop a love for entrepreneurship and branding. She is now passionate about intuitive design, and using it to create meaningful connections that grow beyond screens.
Fun facts about Sara:
- She is from Costa Rica, but has lived in eight different countries.
- She loves reading/listening to books, especially fantasy and sci-fi genres.
- No one saw her in her natural hair color for almost 15 years. She has worn it from black blue, to auburn red, to mermaid hair, and many shades in-between!
Cameron joined the team in early 2020. He comes from a quality engineering background, where he often worked on systems and automations to improve quality and efficiency. Since joining, he has revamped several of our systems to improve their functionality and make them more intuitive.
His primary focus is helping small businesses improve their systems by looking at the big picture and narrowing down where improvements can be made. He is a big fan of automating everything, so be sure to ask him about that!
Fun facts about Cameron:
- He is colorblind, so Sara uses him as a guinea pig when selecting colors for her designs.
- He loves ice cream and eats a bit every day. Not anymore, he's lactose intolerant 🙁
- He can roll the perfect burrito.
Sam started helping Sara with a few projects when she was a college student in Idaho, back in 2017. She is now based in Valencia, Spain, and is the team's content manager. She helps edit and publish blog posts, creates graphics to share our content, transcribes videos, edits our courses' content, and more.
Sam has a degree in Industrial Psychology and is certified in Emotional Intelligence, providing us with insight to help our audience better.
Fun facts about Sam:
- She has never dyed her hair, but was born with a light blonde hair streak towards the front of her head.
- She's an amateur hula-hoop dancer, and danced regularly all the way to 34 weeks pregnant!
- She's an avid reader, and read all 3 Hunger Games books within a week—the last one, in one day!
Wendy joined the team in 2017—she's been here since almost the beginning. She is the office companion everybody loves, keeps our schedule somewhat regular, and is very insistent that we take breaks.
When we adopted her from the shelter, we agreed that one of us would always stay at home with her. As a result, she has played a big part in keeping our business running when we've felt like giving up. She is our constant, cuddly reminder not to give up!
Fun facts about Wendy:
- We call her the little mer-dog because she wants to "be where the people are".
- She loves peanut butter, cheese, tortilla chips, and rotisserie chicken. She doesn't get them too often though 😉
- Her favorite song is "What Does the Fox Say", because she gets fed when she hears it.
The Lettering Spot
Artist and Muralist
"I started my business project less than 6 months ago and was not prepared for it to become so daunting so quickly. Talking to Sara has been game changing, every time!
Sara has tons of experience being an entrepreneur and was eager to use that experience to guide me in my own process. It was amazing how relatable her experience could be to mine and how certain tools and methods she had used applied to my own kind of business.
Her willingness and motivation were contagious and made me see solutions to small details so clearly! She is knowledgeable and experienced and has a knack for pointing out the one aspect that will enhance your business! Having Sara available for consulting has been essential in my journey to become a successful woman entrepreneur!"
You want to work with us if...
You are ready to trust us with your business.
Working with us is not cheap, because our results are not cheap. We know that our skills, knowledge, and experience can help you bring your business to the next level. We know your business is your baby, we understand, and we want to help you see it grow the way you want it too! Trust our expertise, and let us guide you—you won't regret it!
You care about our world's future.
Having an online presence is not only about selling and making money. You want to use your platform to bring change to the world, to help others, and to build a better future for upcoming generations.
You believe in community over competition.
You want to encourage others with your work, you want to empower your community. You are not scared of others doing similar work to you, because you understand that a win for one of us, is a win for all of us! And above all, you trust in your unique selling point, and understand that you as a person make a different in your own business that cannot be replicated.
You care about ethical practices.
You don't want to sell to people in a vulnerable position. You are not exploiting people in countries with lower costs of living. You are not scaring people with false scarcity to work with you. You see your audience as people that will benefit from working with you, and you want to genuinely connect with them with a human to human approach.
You know that building a business is not a easy.
If it would be easy, everybody would do it. It takes a lot of discipline, planning, and hours of talking to yourself. (Or to your dog, if you play it cool like us.) Working with us will require organization, but we will help you, plan with you, provide you with accountability. You need to be ready to do your part though!
"Sara goes above and beyond for her clients!
She is extremely knowledgeable on all things WordPress and can help you nail down a design that will be perfect for your business. Not only does she design amazing looking websites, but everything is functional with a purpose.
If you are building a website for your business (or anything, really) Sara is your girl!"