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shawn-pictureI was born on a naval base in Albany, Georgia to a writer mom and an engineer Dad. Shortly thereafter, we were in Salinas, California when my sister, Julie, was born. But I actually grew up outside of Seattle, Washington in a ‘burb called Kirkland.

My sister and I inherited our parents’ curious, creative, and experimental streaks. In addition to always dabbling in art, I loved to write, played with photography, and while working at an auto parts store in high school, rebuilt a 1970 Dodge Challenger with my dad.

But in high school, my real obsession was music. I was in several bands, usually composed of the same core group of long-hairs and trouble-makers. Being in bands is what eventually led me to graphic design—I did all our shirts and demo covers and logos. Although at the University of Washington, I was initially an Archaeology/Anthropology major with a minor in Spanish.

After college, I moved to San Francisco “temporarily” for an internship, but I was there for almost 10 years. It’s a good thing I was, because that’s where I met my lovely wife Lisa and while we were living in Oakland, we had our first son, Finn (here’s blog). But we moved here to Chicago in May 2006 and have since had another boy, Cormac (who, sadly, does not yet have his own blog).

We live in a nice 100-year-old house in the northwest corner of Chicago and Lisa and I both run our own design businesses.