sculpture by Robert Coon
sculpture by Robert Coon

My name is Sean Patrick Coon, and professionally speaking, I’m a systems designer; I tackle impactful ecosystems with design thinking in the interactive medium. I define and frame market and business opportunities within the context of human needs and ideate to thoroughly explore solution spaces.

I’m also a writer, a Big Brother and at one point in my life, a pretty decent pick-up basketball player.

I earned my BFA from Syracuse University in Advertising Design, and rather immediately pivoted to begin my career as a visual artist in multimedia gaming in the metropolitan NYC area. After eight published titles and with game development drying up on the east coast, I transitioned to an internet agency as their first interactive art director just as the internet became mainstream accessible. Over the following decade I moved about, working with both internal product teams and digital agencies in practically every hands-on role under the umbrella of the yet-to-be-coined practice of user experience design.

In 2005 I left NYC to start up my own design studio in Greensboro, NC. For the next 10 years I consulted and collaborated with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and small businesses alike on projects ranging from the ground up design of a big media CMS platform to an investment project mapping application for a global financing institution.

In 2016, my wife and I moved to Seattle. I’ve since joined 98point6 to lead design and research, tackling deep technology opportunities in the healthcare space.

I’m using this space to write long-format content centered around design thinking, product concepts, industry observations and reviews of brand/client/user experiences out in the wild. Also included are posts that were published on my previous blogs going back to 1999, which cover politics, technology, design and citizen (pre-social) media.

If you’d like to read about my work, available case studies are found as posts, linked to from the featured projects section in my CV.