A designer, photographer, retoucher, webmaster and illustrator who works for Denver’s 5280 magazine as the associate art director.
Sean was raised in Colorado and saw his passion for everything outdoors that lead him to love photography and drawing. His fascination with art took him to Western State Colorado University, where he studied art, design and business. During his time at Western, Sean served as the art director and production manager for Top O’ The World, the campus newspaper. He also served as art director for Pathfinder Magazine and was the assistant graphic designer for the university’s marketing department. Sean’s curiosity with nature, extreme sports, and music have greatly influenced his art.
With over 9 years of experience, Sean is also a freelancer and has done branding, logo design, packaging, publication design, and product design for numerous clients.
Art Direction \\ Graphic Design \\  Brand Communication \\ Visual Identity  \\ Printed Materials \\ Illustration \\ Retouching \\ Web Design
5280 Magazine, Inspirato Magazine, Optimum Wellness Magazine, The Drake Magazine, MIT Sloan, Eco Vessel, Western State Colorado University, Sand Cherry Associates, Adam Larkey Photography.
5280 Publishing, Inc — Denver, Colorado
Art Director 5280 Traveler \\ Associate Art Director 5280 Magazine \\ Imaging Specialist 5280 Home \\ May 2014 – Present
Art & Photo Assistant • February 2012 – May 2014
Graphic Design Intern • May 2011 - January 2012
Photography Intern • January 2011 -May 2011
•Create illustrations and graphics
•Hire and mentor photography interns
•Manage billing and invoicing administrative work
•Schedule photography contract work
•Handle photo editing requirements of a lifestyle magazine
•Researched photographs
•Shot various assignments for both print and web based materials
Sean Parsons Design, LLC — Lakewood, Colorado
Owner \\ ​​​​​​​ Creative Director \\ October 2010 - Present
•Built a freelance design company from the ground up
•Design websites for multiple clients 
•Create branding for multiple clients
Chong Ren Lu School — Wuhan, China
English Teacher \\ August 2009 - July 2010 
•Instructed 4th and 6th grade English curriculum
•Prepared lesson plans, visual aides, and shared Western culture with Chinese–English students and faculty
Western State Colorado University Pathfinder Magazine — Gunnison, Colorado
Art Director \\ August 2008 - May 2009
•Worked closely with the magazine staff in various areas of the magazine production
•Delivered design work on time and within an allotted budget
•Provided both formal and informal direction with the staff
Top O' The World Newspaper - Gunnison, Colorado
Art Director \\ Production Manager \\ August 2008 - June 2009
•Design and Layout Editor
•Technical Advisor
•Redesigned the layout which lead to a higher than average percentage of readers
Western State Colorado University Publications — Gunnison, Colorado
Assistant Graphic Designer \\ May 2008 - May 2009
•Assisted the publication's department of Western State Colorado University
•Performed duties of Graphic Designer - creating layout designs in public advertisements
•Redesigned the Western Watch, an alumni newsletter
Western State Colorado University
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design \\ August 2004 - May 2009
Minors in Business Administration and Photography
Adobe Illustrator \\ Adobe InDesign \\ Adobe Dreamweaver  \\ Adobe Photoshop \\ Adobe Lightroom \\ Photography \\ Retouching \\ HTML \\ CSS \\ WordPress
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