I like working with good people. I've designed and built many sites alone from start to finish. But it's only so much fun to be a one-man band. There's nothing better than riffing ideas around a team you love to work with and sharing the honor of a job well done.
I'm interested in possibilities. Great work starts with curiosity and an open mind. Anyone can copy what's been done. It's the close-knit team that breaks through the established boundaries into new territory. Let's talk new territory »
Subaru was about to unveil their BRZ concept at the L.A. Auto Show in 2011. It was Subaru's first two-wheel-drive car — and it was fast! Under a tight deadline, Sean led the development effort and collaborated remotely with a designer in California. Inspired by The Art of Flight snowboarding website, we designed and built an award-winning two-dimensional parallax scroller that zooms the user over a stark, racy background image with copy and beautiful shots of the BRZ concept sliding across the page to provide a real sense of smooth, tight-handling speed.
View the Subaru BRZ microsite (archived) »
Back in my Agency.com/Designory days, the Case IH team wanted to kill two birds with one stone: social engagement and SEO. Their solution was to give Case IH a platform to publish blog posts without the pain of enterprise CMS platforms. While the Case IH website is built within the rigid confines of SharePoint, I created a custom WordPress theme for their Be Ready blog incorporating responsive design. The open-source blogging platform has been serving posts related to the sustainability and future concerns of the agriculture industry since early 2011.
Check out the Case IH Be Ready blog »
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Propeller Aerial is a drone photography company based in Charleston and Bar Harbor, ME. Since great photography has its own impact, the design for this site had to be clean and stay out of the way. The downward shot of a rowboat on the water and a simple 'Fresh Perspective' headline sets an immersive tone.
View Propeller's website »
Tubular is a jQuery plugin that injects a YouTube video into a web page as a full-screen, resizable background with just a few lines of code. Job-hunting in Chicago in 2010, I noticed a trend of agencies using full-screen video backgrounds on their sites. Tubular seemed like a straightforward idea that could help designers and novice developers achieve the same effect. Originally hesitant and wondering what kind of plague I might be releasing upon the web-design world, I'm happy to report that the Internets still have not been broken as a result of my plugin.
Check out Tubular, an adventurous jQuery plugin »
Traditional boats have been a part of my life since middle school when I first visited my brother, then a schooner captain in Maine. The two of us built several boats together. We still share a passion for boats and the sea. Recently, I made a habit of finding interesting boats for sale on the web and emailing links to my brother. Finally, I realized it would make sense to record my findings in a WordPress blog to share with other potential boat lovers. BoatsILike.com is built using responsive design and the ‘Pinterest-style’ jQuery Masonry plugin.
See some of the boats I like »
Photography — true to the word's root — really is writing with light. A wink of a shutter flashes light through a tiny hole onto film or digital CCD leaving a photograph, a light-stamped imprint of a moment in time. How cool is that?
My to-do list includes a better way of showing off my favorite photos. I have too many hidden away on hard drives. For instance, I traveled through the Mojave desert in November, 2015. The desert makes any old photographer look like a pro. I'll post some photos here soon (or maybe I won't). Until then, check out my Instagram profile.
Sean's Instagram »
If you’re anything like me, you want to drive cross-country, see the national parks, start a company, pay your bills, build a boat, keep your house clean, have a loving relationship, maintain friendships, get fit, make the world a better place, write a book, eat amazing food, take on a new hobby, watch the game, binge some Netflix, play with your dog, get outdoors at least once a week, and take an art class. Tomorrow...
Side hustles are all the rage. I decided to design some local inspired t-shirts and learn Shopify at the same time. The brand is called Neighborhood Threads. It’s my cool new thing. It all started with the Park Circle t-shirt. I started with a soccer shield and picked elements from the neighborhood, really sort of inside jokes, and assembled them into a finished shield that I liked. I heard Josh Homme talk about music once....
When things aren’t going well, it’s easy to look at your situation and see what’s clearly wrong. You feel repulsed by what you’re dealing with. You want to get away from it. This could be true of your company, the actual work you’re doing, your significant other, your friends, your hobbies and activities, or even time you’re giving to a good cause. At the same time, you might find yourself in a situation where you...