Sean grew up in Fuzhou, China, where, even at a young age, he knew he was destined for a career in the arts. Since then, Sean has graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Visual Communication, won a student gold Addy award, and gained a reputation in the Indy ad world for being a disciplined, adaptable, and reliable designer. And if you ask him, he’ll tell you it might have a little something to do with his spirit animal—Ron Swanson. Whether it’s helping his clients succeed, devouring bottomless wings and beer, or potty training his Shih Tzu, Oreo, Sean never half-asses anything, making him an excellent addition to the Pivot team.
Hire for attitude. Work for skills. My favorite college design professor drilled this into our heads every chance he got. And I believe it. Skills are not everything—attitude is everything.
I moonlight as a tattoo artist. I’m a tattoo enthusiast—not just designing tattoos but actually doing them for people. It’s much different compared to creating art on paper or computer. There’s no Undo option with tattoos.
Don’t forget the bigger picture. It doesn’t matter what I’m designing—I always think about the bigger picture, how something might be used on multiple platforms. Many times, it helps what I’m creating stay evergreen.
Fill your cup, then pour it out. It all starts with research, learning as much as I can (filling my cup) about a client/project before I begin. Then, I pour it out in a process that most times looks like brainstorming, sketching, a little more research, digitizing, critiquing, revising, polishing, and finalizing.