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 - 2021
    Naturalist
    • Founded a digital creative studio focused on digital products and multi-platform experiences across AR/VR, native iOS, video, web, UI/UX, and product design. Clients include Microsoft, Toyota, ESPN, Lexus, MINI, Amazon, P&G, Nat Geo, and Discovery.
    • Acted as the product designer and founder for the 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.
    • Developed and designed digital health applications to support community health workers through data-driven new media education for Partners In Health discovery project through Harvard.
    • Led a 360-degree integrated digital campaign and targeted app design for Microsoft Life, increasing engagement by 600%, with a massive lift in brand affinity over the previous campaigns.
    • Created Lexus XCC mobile products, campaigns, and experiences featuring emerging DJs/producers to connect brand and youth culture, increasing engagement by 220% and conversion by over 300% compared to the previous launch.
    • Led creative direction on Toyota Winter Olympics integrated campaign, website, digital products. Awarded Clio, Webby nominee, and best-in-class Snapchat distinction, defying expectations with 37 million views, 600k engagements, 60k product downloads.
    Technologies: Avocode, Abstracts, Figma, Zeplin, Sketch, Adobe Suite, InVision
  • Founder and CCO | Head of Product

    2015 - 2019
    GabBox
    • Cofounded, designed, and led the development of the first dedicated app for live chats and celebrity-led, sponsored commentary around top television shows.
    • Led all aspects of the UI/UX, product design, strategy, and creative direction, including brand integrations with global advertising sponsors, leading to over 1 million ad revenue after the 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 the 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 design and user engagement improvements.
    • Designed scalable, responsive web and digital assets for Walking Dead, Scandal, Dancing With The Stars, American Horror Story, and two consecutive AdAge top social Super Bowl campaigns.
    Technologies: Avocode, Abstracts, Figma, Zeplin, Sketch, Adobe Suite, InVision, Video Streaming, Live Chat, tvOS, Accessible Design

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

  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Computer Information Systems and Intermedia Arts
    1995 - 2001
    Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ

Certifications

  • Human Centered Design
    NOVEMBER 2019 - PRESENT
    Acumen
  • Global Health Delivery Certificate Course
    DECEMBER 2017 - PRESENT
    Harvard University
  • Big Data/Data Science Certificate Course
    DECEMBER 2016 - PRESENT
    MIT
  • How To Build Successful Startups
    DECEMBER 2015 - PRESENT
    Stanford University

Experience

Location

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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