The Pursuit is Happiness is a motto I came up with while living in San Francisco back in 2013. It serves as a constant reminder to stay in the present and find joy in the process.
My good friend Phil Sanders got in touch with me in 2017 about creating a piece of art in Citizen Supply that brought this motto to life. I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get this message out there. The mural was installed at the end of 2017 and can be found inside Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market in Atlanta, GA.
’The Pursuit is Happiness’ resonates strongly with most individuals, and specifically the dreamers of the Atlanta community. This mural has quickly become a city landmark and destination for thousands to take photos and embrace their individual journey - their pursuit.
This 35ft mural was designed and installed for the creative agency, Public School. Located on the 4th floor in West Side Provision District of Atlanta, the mural was inspired by one of Public School’s driving brand tenants: “All Walks of Creative Life.”
Conceptually, I surveyed the office “who inspires you?” The results were illustrated and installed on the wall - the likes of presidents, musicians, comedians, writers, athletes, and more. The mural is designed to inspire those that pass by it each day, while reflecting the diverse creativity that thrives at Public School.
Role: Design, Illustration, Direction, Installation
Client: Public School
*Collaborative install through the friends and employees at Public School.
Photography: Katie Bricker
Commissioned painting for Rachael Juliette.
To design a piece that communicates "Work Hard Be Kind."
When Rachael initially told me about the project, the expectation was far from the solution. I wanted to create a piece that got right to the essence of the message. I knew that I didn't want to digitally create something because that would be too easy. I needed to make something that was hard. Something permanent. Something that would last.
Every design decision tied right to the message. It started with an old piece of wood that I found at a scrap yard. I retrieved the wood block, scrubbed off the years of old dirt that was on it, and painted it with a matte, chalkboard acrylic.
While ideating the design, I wanted the work to convey "kill 'em with kindness." In that the greatest strength comes from being kind to others, so that we might keep working hard. The design needed to feel tough, but loving.
Floral, ornamental tattoos were depicted on the bicep to convey sensitivity through the flexing, tough muscle. "TKO XOXO" is symbolic to knocking them out with kindness. Gold was used on the black paint to depict a sense of royalty, as "Work Hard Be Kind" was Rachael's golden rule.
I could not be more satisfied with the end result. The process of hand painting the letters and illustration was extremely difficult, but I loved every moment of it. Work Hard. Be Kind.
Screen prints available soon.
A typeface, product display, and campaign that I designed in 2011. Using acrylic magnetic pieces, guests can create the entire Tri Face family within the product display. Voila. Let's make type magic.
Illustration + Design Direction: Sean Metcalf
Project created for Public School to bring their brand tenants / ethos to life.
Art Direction: Sean Metcalf
Animation: Markus Magnusson
Design: Markus + Sean
Objective: come up with a series of 6 greetings that online users could exchange between each other. Due to a large international audience, greetings needed to be gender sensitive towards all ethnicities.
Solution: rather than a standard "facebook like" button or a relative pat on the back, we wanted to create something that the recipient would be thrilled to receive. Something that could be so fun, that the receipient would want to send one back in exchange. So, we decided to create a series of 6 short animations that demonstrated the following greetings: High Five, Hand Shake, Bear Hug, Jazz Hands, Fist Bump, and Bow. A diverse range that could be understood by a variety of ethnicities.
A series of illustrations and designs that I created for Young&United.
Limited gold foil, letterpress print and horween-leather patch. Created in support of "The Pursuit" project's IndieGoGo campaign.
Role: Design, Art Direction, Photography
Designed and illustrated in collaboration with Nashville artist, Brian Wooden and leatherworker, Mika Becktor.
Celebrating the journey, not the destination.
It's the journey - the daily pursuit, where we find our happiness. Take delight in your journey, love each day, and inspiration will find you at every corner. The Pursuit is Happiness.
Letterpressed, gold and white foil print on black, French Papers. Designed, milled, and printed in the USA.
Printed by Weekend Press
Lasercut on California Horween leather by Mika Becktor. Handstitched on a vintage, American-Made Levi's jacket circa 1970's.
A tribute to a special case of love. I created this piece as a gift to our friends and newlyweds, Jon & Lily Evans.
While in Los Angeles for their wedding, I noticed the unique love the two had for eachother by the way they gazed eachother's eyes. Inspired by this, I wanted to illustrate a piece of art that could embody that. The use of floral ornament was inspired by the abundance of vines located at and around their home. Additionally, this stylistic direction was intended to symbolize the natural, timeless, and beautiful love that Jon & Lily had for one another.
I began the process by sourcing two profile photographs of the two. I iterated upon numerous thumbnail-sized illustrations until I was comfortable with this execution. From there, I illustrated the piece at a larger scale, using white and gold pens on black 22x30 Stonehenge paper. Additionally, I created a vector, digital copy of the artwork for future reproductions.
Exploration and adventure is in my blood. Always on the hunt for something new, I took an open mind and a moleskin to San Francisco when I moved out west in 2013. Here are some of my discoveries.
I love typography.
Here's a collection of some of my favorite lettering projects that I've created.
I was invited to design and mix a couple records for Designers.MX
Role: Design, Photo – All imagery shot with my iPhone