Hiya! I'm Sean A. Smith

I'm a product manager on USA TODAY's content capabilities team where I coordinate design and dev efforts around our elections results, news automation and natural language generation platforms.

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

Priors include working as a developer on Gannett's content innovation team, and studying and teaching in Texas State University's Digital Media Innovation program where I graduated as top master's student in May 2019.

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USA TODAY Elections

USA TODAY Elections

Role: Product manager

Tools: Jira, Confluence, usability testing

Texas Primaries
Architect Longform

Architect Longform

Role: Product owner, 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, design and dev management

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

Read the paper here