sculpture by Robert Coon
sculpture by Robert Coon

My name is Sean Patrick Coon, and professionally speaking, I’m a designer of the interactive medium—I evaluate, research, define and design user experiences. I’m also a writer, a Big Brother and at one brief point in my life, a pretty decent pick-up basketball player.

I earned my BFA from Syracuse University (1994) in Advertising Design and Illustration, and immediately began 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. Over the following decade I moved about, working with both internal product design teams and online agencies in practically every hands-on role under the umbrella of the yet-to-be-coined role & practice of user experience design.

In 2005 I decided to leave NYC to start up my own design shop in Greensboro, NC. Since then I’ve consulted with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and small businesses alike as either a design manager or principal designer on projects ranging from a CMS platform to conversion optimization to a project mapping application. In May of 2016, I returned in-house as the product design manager for MedBridge, a healthcare education and software platform.

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 from ’99 to ’07 that were published on my previous blogs, which covered politics, technology, design and citizen (pre-social) media. If you’d like to review my work, available case studies are found as posts, linked to from the featured projects section in my CV.