Seanbelly was created in the early 90’s while I was trying to find a username that wasn’t taken so I could sign up for my first email account with Yahoo. Many people assume I chose this name because I have a big beer belly. This isn’t entirely true. Others think it has something to do with my wife’s cat, which was coincidentally named Belly. The truth is, I was listening to Leadbelly when the similarities between us suddenly struck me. This photo attests to my revelation.
Much later, after spending close to a decade working as a professional sound designer on everything from video games to cartoons, movies and commercials, it became obvious that it was time to do something new with my life. If I added the sound of cheering crowds and clinking glasses to one more beer commercial, or narrated the movements of one more hysterical singing clown using a slide whistle, I was going to lose my mind.
Instead, I followed my inspiration and began seriously studying graphic and web design, soon graduating in the top of my class (…it was a very small class) from Toronto Image Works Institute and embarked upon my new career as a freelance web designer. This led me to creating everything from ebook covers for mysterious, non-paying characters living overseas, to working on government websites. Shorly afterwards I decided to shift my focus, and work entirely for non-profit and social profit organizations.
If you are still reading, feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your next project.