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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

Mapping Maker Concepts

This week, Kyle, Lauren and I continued our research into “makers” working contract jobs with variable income. We examined the insights we crafted last quarter and began pushing ourselves to view our findings from more radical perspectives, so that we can discover new ways of thinking about the problems we face. We also re-examined some concept models we…

Rethinking Higher Education: The Online Shift

As education evolves to take advantage of new technological capabilities, the promise of providing quality education to the world’s youth looms large. An educated populace is something that everyone agrees is vital, but the best way to provide education is an ongoing topic of discussion. Traditional classroom settings have left some students bored at the…

Creating an Ethical Framework

Throughout this quarter, we have been tasked with creating an ethics framework that will guide our decisions as designers. This has been no easy feat. There is no universal set of ethics, and almost every decision of importance requires trade-offs. Even when you think you are designing something that benefits everyone, there is the possibility…

Redesigning the City of Austin’s Small Business Program

This is the final part of an ongoing research project that aims to understand how people navigate the City of Austin’s Small Business Program services and how they get value from the system. Our research began with PeopleFund, a community lender, and expanded in its scope as we learned more about the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Preliminary…

In Search of Techno-Utopia

Lately, our class has been reading about how emerging technologies have been used as tools of oppression. The most heart-rending case is what’s happening in China to the Uighur population: under the guise of fighting terrorism, the largely Muslim Uighurs are being monitored and tracked, their past and present behaviors used to identify individuals in need of “re-education.” We are all…

Privacy and Identity: How do we ensure informed consent?

Online consent forms are ubiquitous. You must enable cookies and accept privacy policies and terms of use for almost every site you visit. How many people actually read these forms, or know what they mean? I recently visited the CNN home page and was met with a small banner at the bottom of the screen. It read…

Researching Makers’ Financial Attitudes and Behaviors: Part Three

This is part of an ongoing research project that aims to understand the financial attitudes and behaviors of makers who primarily receive their income from variable, contract-based employment. Part One provides information about “makers,” why we chose them, and our project goals. Part Two offers select stories from our interviews. Here, we present three themes that we have identified in…

Insights into the City of Austin’s Small Business Program

This is part of an ongoing research project that aims to understand how people navigate the City of Austin’s Small Business Program services and how they get value from the system. Our research began with PeopleFund, a community lender, and expanded in its scope as we learned more about the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Preliminary themes from…

Creating Inclusive Design

Last week, I facilitated a 30-minute discussion on inclusive vs. exclusive design. Our conversation was largely influenced by this talk by Kat Holmes, Director of UX Design at Google. Holmes discusses how we should move beyond thinking of designing for the majority of people, and instead focus on creating design that reaches everyone. By focusing on…

Exploring Gray Patterns: How can we tell if design is truly good?

Our class at AC4D has spent the past few weeks studying ethical quandaries in design. I’ve become particularly interested in dark patterns, which can be defined as tricks used in websites and apps that make you do things that you didn’t mean to, like buying or signing up for something (courtesy darkpatterns.org). There are many types of dark patterns: straightforward…

Researching Makers’ Financial Attitudes and Behaviors: Part One

Kyle, Lauren, and I are working on a new project, partnering with local nonprofit JUST to learn more about financial attitudes and behaviors. JUST helps female, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs build confidence and community via financial education and loans, and they are looking into how they can help other unique populations build confidence and financial security. Our Project Our immediate interest…

Service Slices: A Look at the City of Austin’s Small Business Program

This is part of an ongoing research project that aims to understand how people navigate the City of Austin’s Small Business Program services and how they get value from the system. Our research began with PeopleFund, a community lender, and expanded in its scope as we learned more about the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Preliminary themes…

Design Thinking: Next-Level Design or Nonsense?

We at AC4D spend a lot of time talking about who designers are and what they do. This is inevitable, given the ambiguity of the field. What is design, anyway? I’m not going to answer that question, but will instead point to a quote from Richard Buchanan: Buchanan is well-known in the design world for conceptualizing the fourth…

Themes from Exploring Austin’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

  Austin has one of the most vibrant tech industries in the country, but there’s more to the city than start-ups and Big Tech. Austin is invested in diversifying its industry, as outlined in its current five-year strategy plan, Strategic Direction 2023. For our research, we decided to explore how the City of Austin is fostering its non-tech entrepreneurs, who often do not have…

Designing for Good: The Path to Saving Our Future

Design is a powerful tool that can be used to reshape society for the better. But how do we do it? We may share a common ideal, but designers have very different strategies on effecting societal change. Some theorists, like Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg, believe that social entrepreneurship is the way to improve society.…

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