Sean O'Connor

Sean O'Connor is the Executive Creative Director with Downstream in Amsterdam

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Sean O'Connor is the Executive Creative Director with Downstream in Amsterdam.

Sean began his career with Nike's Brand Design team helping create the iconic Niketown retail concepts globally. Sean O'Connor moved to Amsterdam and joined Nike's EHQ team continuing the expansion of experiential brand design throughout the European retail marketplace for notable locations such as London and Berlin.

After 6 years of being at Nike Sean left and founded his own retail design and strategy agency, STORAGE based in Amsterdam. The agency brought a holistic approach to retail design thinking and user experience design. STORAGE developed award winning projects in telecommunication retail design for T-Mobile and KPN, financial services retail stores for ABN-AMRO, Postbank and ING and extended brand campaigns for Coca-Cola, and Levis.

After a dynamic growth period leading his own agency Sean joined Downstream in Portland, Oregon in 2007 as Executive Creative Director. Sean brought a new vision for the design process for brand and user experience design to Downstream and helped merge technology into branded environments.

Today Downstream is recognized as a leader in creating highly customized branded environments that blend technology, content, strategy and design for some of the most dynamic brands around. Sean O'Connor has lead the design for iconic projects such as Mathew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon, Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, AT&T's Foundry and Application Center in Pal Alto and Telstra's new flagship Customer Insight Center in Sydney.

Today Sean is leading the international expansion of the global design team helping build new design studios in Melbourne and Amsterdam. Sean is currently base in Amsterdam and highly engaged in driving day to day design executions for emerging markets and customers who want to push the boundaries of design in the physical environment.

Sean O'Connor is responsible for:

  • Creative Output
  • HR & Staff Management
  • Recruiting
  • Implementation of Design Methodology
  • Scope of Work Creation
  • Executive Level Capabilities
  • Sales and Concept Presentations
  • Large Group Meeting Facilitation
  • Creation of International Design Studio

Sean Graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design.

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