Hiya! I'm Sean A. Smith

I've built digital products and strategies to enhance storytelling, streamline internal corporate communication and assist reporters in their daily work as part of the USA TODAY Network’s content innovation team since June 2019.

I geek out on information hierarchy, APIs, workflow diagrams and prototyping, and love a geometric sans-serif.

Prior to USA TODAY I studied and taught in Texas State University's Digital Media Innovation program and graduated as top master's student in May 2019.

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Architect Longform

Architect Longform

Role: UX/UI research and design, theme development, block development

Tools: WordPress, Gutenberg/React, Sketch, PHP, HTML, CSS, jQuery

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Pass the Mic DE&I App UX/UI design

Pass the Mic

Role: UX/UI research and design

Tools: Adobe Xd, Miro, prototyping

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Content Diversity Dashboard UX/UI design

Content Diversity Dashboard

Role: UX/UI research and design

Tools: Adobe Xd, Miro, prototyping

An old press release, but more soon
USA TODAY Sports Couchketball AR game

USA TODAY Sports "Couchketball" AR

Role: Front-end developer

Tools: 8th Wall, HTML, CSS, Javascript

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Architect Photo Essay

Architect Photo Essay

Role: WordPress developer

Tools: PHP (WordPress plugin development), CSS, JS

Columbus Dispatch used it!
Bytecast Audio App

Bytecast early prototyping

Role: UX/UI design

Tools: Adobe Sketch

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Updater: Experimental Database Journalism

Role: Developer

Tools: Ajax, jQuery, CSS, Google Sheets API

Example here from the Statesman
Apollo 11

Apollo 11: Nationally syndicated feature series

Role: Theme/layout designer and WordPress developer

Tools: PHP, CSS, jQuery, news layout design

Oklahoman's coverage

Redefining Doctoral Education

Role: Research assistant/coauthor

Tools: Research writing, literature review

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