Sean Michael, Designer in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Sean Michael

Designer in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Member since October 21, 2019
Sean is an award-winning product designer and creative director with over 15 years of experience in technology, advertising, and entertainment. His focus on creating purposeful, human-centered designs for Toyota, Sony, Microsoft, ABC, National Geographic, and more has led to accolades from industry leaders like Clio, Webby, and AdAge. He holds certificates in data science from MIT and global health from Harvard.
Sean is now available for hire

Portfolio

Digital Design

Employment

  • Founder/Creative Director/Product Designer

    2007 - PRESENT
    Naturalist
    • Founded digital creative studio focused on digital products and experiences across multiple platforms including AR/VR, native iOS, video, web, UI/UX, and product design. and digital experiences across multiple platforms and technologies. Clients include Microsoft, Toyota, ESPN, Lexus, MINI, Amazon, P&G, Financial Times, Sony Music, Nat Geo, Discovery, Live Nation, MTV, St. Jude, St. Baldricks, Universal Music, ABC, NPR, Rolling Stone, and various Conde Nast properties.
    • Designed UI/UX, for first of its kind digital health mobile application enabling small, disease-based social support for CHOC Innovations program, with complimentary digital education experiences in health and wellness.
    • Created digital health applications to support community health workers through data-driven new media education for Partners In Health discovery project through Harvard.
    • Led 360-degree integrated digital campaign and targeted website re-design for Microsoft Life, increasing engagement by 600%, with massive lift in brand affinity over previous campaign.
    • Created Lexus XCC mobile products and experiences featuring emerging DJ/Producers to connect brand and youth culture, increasing engagement 220% and conversion over 300% compared to previous launch.
    • Led creative direction on Toyota Winter Olympics/Paralympics integrated campaign, website, digital mobile products - awarded Clio, Webby nominee, and best-in-class case study for Snapchat. Defying expectations with 37 million views, 600k engagements, 60k product downloads.
    Technologies: InVision, Adobe Suite, Sketch, Zeplin, Figma, Abstract, Avocode
  • Founder/CCO/Head of Product

    2015 - 2019
    GabBox
    • Co-founded, designed, and led the development of the first dedicated app for live chats and celebrity-led, sponsored commentary around top television shows.
    • Headed all aspects of UI/UX, product design, strategy, and creative direction, including brand integrations with global advertising sponsors, leading to over 1 million in ad revenue after product launch.
    • Worked with external technology partners like Samsung, Vestel, Technicolor, Gracenote, TVDB, and Dolby to develop cross-platform product integration and strategic M&A/investment across smart TV lineup.
    • Led international development team to implement UI/UX strategies and design for product iteration from concept to execution, with over 50,000 unique users per month.
    • Built and designed an automated celebrity influencer bidding platform of GabBox, leveraging social data to drive improvements in design and user engagement.
    • Designing scalable, responsive web/digital assets for Walking Dead, Scandal, Dancing With The Stars, American Horror Story, and two consecutive AdAge top social Super Bowl campaigns.
    Technologies: InVision, Adobe Suite, Sketch, Zeplin, Figma, Abstract, Avocode

Other Experience

  • Toptal Mentor
    Sean is a mentor in the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. This program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional designers. Sean shows commitment to diversity in tech by mentoring a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from design tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.

Education

  • Ceritificate in Global Health
    2017 - 2018
    Harvard University - Cambridge, MA
  • Certificate in Big Data/Data Science
    2016 - 2017
    MIT - Cambridge, MA
  • Short Course in Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship
    2016 - 2016
    Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA
  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Information Systems and Intermedia Arts
    1996 - 2001
    Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ

Certifications

  • Human Centered Design
    NOVEMBER 2019 - PRESENT
    Acumen

Experience

  • UX Design15 years
  • Design Thinking15 years
  • User Testing15 years
  • UI Design15 years
  • Design Systems10 years
  • Responsive Design7 years
  • Mobile UI7 years

Location

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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