Pratt Design Management Alumnus Sean T. Brennan, Guiding
Future Design Leaders
By Haris Silic
Issue 9 Fall 2011
For the past 21 years, design has been at the core of Sean’s personal and professional life. It wasn’t until 2002, upon his enrolling in the Design Management program, did the understanding and strategic uses of design as competitive advantage in a global marketplace make a substantial difference in his life. Now, design management is in his DNA and at the heart of all things design-related in his life.
Prior to enrolling in the Design Management program, Sean consulted for TD Waterhouse and the AT&T creative services group on the development and design of various communication design projects. Sean also worked at Gensler Architecture, Planning and Design as a project manager within Studio 585, the internal brand strategy group, where he managed brand strategy, graphics and signage projects for clients such as Fidelity Investments, PNC Bank, Pantone and Electronic Arts. Prior to that, Sean served as the Internet Marketing Manager and graphic designer for Ovid Technologies, Inc.
Currently, Sean is the Department Chairman for the graphic design, web design & interactive media and web design & development programs at the Art Institute of Tampa. Unlike in most undergraduate graphic and web design programs, he works to ensure that the graduates of his programs position themselves as creators of value. As a result, a marketable, new generation of design leaders is graduating from his programs ready to positively influence their profession.
Sean also serves as the President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of AIGA | the professional association for design; is a member of the AIGA sustainable design committee and is currently developing supplementary course materials for AVA Academia which will be published later this year.