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Growing up, my notebooks were filled with scribbles of cartoon characters, spaceships, fat graffiti letters, hot rods and hair metal band logos. I wanted to be a cartoonist, but didn’t think I had any good stories to tell. Then I heard about Graphic Design and everything changed.

I have worked as a designer arou… Read More
Growing up, my notebooks were filled with scribbles of cartoon characters, spaceships, fat graffiti letters, hot rods and hair metal band logos. I wanted to be a cartoonist, but didn’t think I had any good stories to tell. Then I heard about Graphic Design and everything changed.

I have worked as a designer around Minneapolis for almost 20 years. Over that time, I have had the opportunity to work across many industries, and have worked with clients both big and small. I have helped brand small, local start-ups and rebrand those with an international presence. I have seen projects from concept through execution as the lead designer, as well as worked as a part of a larger team. I am comfortable presenting work to clients, have experience art directing photo shoots and can handle tight deadlines.

My passion is print design, whether it is identity development, collateral, packaging, or whatever else the client may need. I believe that my most fulfilling work has crossed multiple mediums and includes ongoing relationships with clients. I believe that the best design is a combination of a good strategic foundation, a strong concept and an attention to details in the design.

I have also spent time as an instructor at Brainco, The Minneapolis School of Advertising and Design. I started teaching a number of years ago and love having the opportunity to help up-and-coming designers grow. This experience has also crossed into my agency life, where I have often had the opportunity to mentor interns and junior designers.

I am currently available for freelance. Read Less
  • Senior Graphic Designer
    Periscope
  • Principal/Creative Director
    Sean Lien Design
  • Senior Art Director
    Morsekode
  • Senior Graphic Designer
    Parachute Design
  • Senior Art Director
    Group-One
  • Senior Graphic Designer
    Initio
  • Intern/Freelance Graphic Designer
    John Ryan Company
  • Instructor
    Brainco - The Minneapolis School Of Advertising, Design And Interactive Studies — Minneapolis, MN
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2012
The Show, Minneapolis

2011
The Show, Minneapolis
AIGA/MN Design Show

2010
Logo Lounge: Animals & Mythology,
Rockport Publishers

2008
The Aster Awards

2007
The Global Awards
Graphis Poster Annual
AIGA/MN Design Show

2006
HOW Self-Promotion Annual
The Show, Minneapolis
Logo Lounge 3, Rockport Publishers
Lo… Read More
2012
The Show, Minneapolis

2011
The Show, Minneapolis
AIGA/MN Design Show

2010
Logo Lounge: Animals & Mythology,
Rockport Publishers

2008
The Aster Awards

2007
The Global Awards
Graphis Poster Annual
AIGA/MN Design Show

2006
HOW Self-Promotion Annual
The Show, Minneapolis
Logo Lounge 3, Rockport Publishers
Logo Lounge 2, Rockport Publishers

2003
Colossal Design, HOW Design Books

2001
Graphis Corporate Identity 4
HOW Self-Promotion Annual
Print Regional Design Annual

2000
HOW Self-Promotional Annual

1999
Print Regional Design Annual
HOW International Design Annual
Print New Visual Artists Review
12 Identities, French Paper Company
The Show, Minneapolis
AIGA/MN Design Show Read Less
“Sean is an excellent creative thinker. What I really like about Sean's work is his approach. He uses unique ways to discover particular solutions to unique brand issues. Then his creative detail kicks in as he refines and polishes his thoughts into great, on-brand creative ideas.”

-Mark Morse, Principal, Morse… Read More
“Sean is an excellent creative thinker. What I really like about Sean's work is his approach. He uses unique ways to discover particular solutions to unique brand issues. Then his creative detail kicks in as he refines and polishes his thoughts into great, on-brand creative ideas.”

-Mark Morse, Principal, Morsekode


“Sean is an outstanding creative designer! He approaches business problems strategically, collaborates well with team members, builds and executes solid creative soltuions and presents in an organized and strategic manner. His creative thinking and problem-solving skills are outstanding - he's dependable, committed and would be an asset to any team!”

-Marcia Miller, Director, Parachute Design


“Sean not only understands Design, he understands how to communicate. He brings a great sense of design style to projects. He has a great eye for type and layout. And has the ability to really understand what words are trying to communicate. As a writer, I really appreciated that. He challenged me, and made every project better. He's also a great guy who works hard and really cares about what he's doing. Other than that, I really didn't like him.”

-Steve Kaplan, Copywriter, Initio Advertising


“Sean is very detailed-oriented and cool-headed person when under the gun. He's an ace at managing his time and a master at finding ways to work with a small budget. He has a way of making the final product look as if it were done with a larger budget. Sean also has a great sense of color and working in a variety of design styles. He's also gained more experience in managing other designers and is a great team player.”

-Paul Afong, Creative Director, Morsekode Read Less
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