Sean Redmond

Sean is a writer, editor, and designer living in Austin, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature with a focus on nonfiction writing from the University of Chicago. His writing has appeared in Pitchfork, Newcity, The Hypocrite Reader, and elsewhere.

Sean spent three years teaching English in the city of Ogaki, Japan, before moving to Austin in 2012. Shortly thereafter he founded fields magazine. fields was a nationally acclaimed and internationally distributed arts journal produced biannually from 2013 to 2018. In 2019, fields transitioned to online publication.

As the editor in chief of fields, Sean has hosted many cultural events, including readings, concerts, and art exhibitions. He has served as a panelist at the Writers’ League of Texas’ annual conference and moderated a nonfiction panel at the Texas Book Festival. He was invited to curate the ICOSA collective’s debut show at their Canopy gallery, and he recently curated a show of outsider artist Mark Renner’s work at Big Medium’s Creative Standard gallery.

A self-taught graphic designer, Sean was responsible for the print design of fields and many of its flyers and posters. Working with designers to create the journal’s website taught him the importance of interaction design. Sean took two interaction design courses via The University of Texas at Austin and IBM before applying to AC4D.

Sean currently works as an Assistant Director of Development at The University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as a grant writer for STEM programs on campus, the Wildflower Center, the College of Fine Arts, and the School of Nursing. He plays music with the band Distant Future and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, and the arts.

Recent blog posts

Stories from the Field: PeopleFund

For the past three weeks, my classmates Zina, Vickie, and I have been working with a nonprofit called PeopleFund. PeopleFund is a nonprofit that creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education and resources to build healthy small businesses. Inspired by their mission statement, we wanted to learn more about…

What Does a Designer Do? A Rumination on Magic

Ask what a designer does, and you’ll get a million different answers. This is apparent every time someone asks me what I’m studying here at AC4D. Is it like graphic design, or UX? What are we designing, and for whom? I tell them I perform research into human behavior and provide insights into how to improve…

What is the designer’s responsibility to society?

At AC4D, students are taught to design for social good. The ethics of designing in practice, however, can be complicated. To learn more about ethics, we read the work of five theorists. Not all practiced in the field of “design,” but all expound design principles and their impact on society. Edward Bernays wrote about manipulation…

AC4D Orientation: Complete

Today marks the last day of AC4D Orientation. I entered the week thinking things would start off nice and slow—we’d get to know each other, talk about the courses we’d study, some overview of topics, maybe a brief introduction to the skills and techniques we’d be learning. We did do all of that, but it wasn’t…

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