This month, we are featuring one of our newest additions, Mr. Sean Phung. You are probably wondering why “The Hat” was abruptly inserted between his first and last name. That’s because Sean is always sporting these uber-cool hipster hats, like his famous Upturned Brim Fedora, which to be honest with you, most of us here couldn’t pull off (although Chris thinks he can but we won’t tell him otherwise). In all seriousness though, Sean is a great young artist fresh out of school. You may have already seen some of his published work online. He basically spent the first 4 weeks illustrating all of the icons on our website. I swear his eyes were bleeding when he was done. After the bleeding stopped, we asked Sean to tell us a little bit about himself:
Howdy, my name is Sean Phung and I am the Graphic Designer for Austin Canoe and Kayak. In January of 2011 I started working here fresh out of a graphic design internship. I am extremely excited to be at ACK and I am enjoying every minute of it! I had never been on a kayak until I began working here. I paddled. I flipped. I loved it!
In July of 2010 I moved from central Arkansas to Austin, Texas. What a change! I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas Tech University. In college I focused on graphic design, printmaking, and illustration and participated in various contests and art shows. After College I landed an internship at Ranch Road Design and Printing and when that ended, I was offered a position here at Austin Canoe and Kayak as the in house graphic designer — I eagerly accepted.
Working for Austin Canoe and Kayak has been a blast. I get to create marketing materials for incredible products. I also get to help design the website which is always interesting and fun. Just knowing that thousands online will view the material I create gives me a great deal of satisfaction. The staff here is extremely cool and laid back, they also have an infectious passion for kayaking and the outdoors!
When I have downtime I enjoy riding my bike, eating Texas BBQ, getting tattoos and drinking the best brews Austin has to offer. I love the weather down here and couldn’t have asked for a better place to call home.