Sean Joseph Klassen

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Hello. I’m a designer and musician living in New England. I direct and manage designers and writers on a 30+ person multi-disciplinary team at Instrument. We help Alphabet craft strategic vision, improve consumer apps, and launch philanthropic initiatives.
       I also care deeply about mentorship. I designed Instrument’s first company-wide internship program and a recurring community outreach program with Portland public schools.
       From 2007—2016, I founded and built Legwork, a boostrapped creative studio inspired by the DIY spirit of bands like Fugazi.

My design work has recieved industry honors from The Webby Awards×19, FWA×30, The One Show×3, Cannes Lions×3, and SXSW×3 among others. It has been featured by numerous publications from Fast Company, to Communication Arts, to The New York Times.
        I’ve also been a design juror for The Webby Awards, FWA, AIGA, and Communication Arts Interactive Annual.

My path to design was through music. Today, I compose and record songs with friends at my home studio using analog synthesizers and overdriven guitars under the name Former Lives.