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Tré has been on a lifelong path when it comes to design: he's been practicing writing in cursive since he was in kindergarten; started his first business selling $3 graffiti-style name cards to his classmates between the ages of ten and eleven. He designed tattoos, bead jewelry, comic strips for the school paper, yearbooks, his first font, and more by high school. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in Visual Communication Design, Seals opened his own brand consultancy (2015-2020) known as Studio Seals. Through Studio Seals, he worked with over 250 partners, ranging from small startups to national and global brands (2015-2020).
Inspired by the lack of diversity in the graphic design industry, Tré launched the diversity-driven font foundry known as Vocal Type. Each typeface highlights a piece of history from a different underrepresented race, ethnicity, or gender—from the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Argentina to the Civil Rights Movement in America and beyond. Since founding Vocal Type in 2016, Seals’ fonts have gone from being inspired by progressive movements to becoming a part of them: taking shape in the form of Black Lives Matter street murals, brand campaigns for the 2020 Virtual March On Washington, political campaigns like that of Stacey Abrams, logos like the Amazon Labor Union, and so much more.
Now 29, Tré has been named an Ascender by the Type Directors Club, a Young Gun by the One Club for Creativity, a Black Design Visionary by Instagram and the Brooklyn Museum, and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Lister.