In the spirit of the “Humans of New York” photo series and social media phenomenon, Do Space is inspired to work with staff and volunteers to create a “Humans of Do Space” series that shares the stories of our members, volunteers, users and staff. The goal of this effort it to capture the people that are using the space and how it affects their lives. What does it allow them to do? What does it allow them to make? How are people using the space to overcome obstacles and get things done?

Today we are featuring Sean Jones.  Sean is a concept designer and freelance illustrator. During the day he works as a graphic designer at PullTabs, then in his spare time he practices freelance illustration and digital painting for his business Total Field Domination Paintball which specialises in illustration design for professional paintball equipment. Born in Washington state, Sean spent most of his life in Anchorage, Alaska. Due to the economy and graduation from graphic design school, Sean and his wife began looking at affordable alternatives to raise a family in the United States. Omaha was listed as one of the top three and he has been living the last 5 years. 

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about telling a story through capturing visual moments – anything that will visually strike you and inspire others. I am also passionate about learning new artistic talents – a great example is the laser cutter and etcher. 

What does Do Space mean to you?
It means access. It really levels the playing field, especially for people without access to emerging and often expensive technology that can propel a business. A real step forward for entrepreneurs that have limited resources.

What have you been able to accomplish at Do Space?
I’ve been able to accomplish a number of things. Firstly, I’ve been able to take on extra hours for my freelance illustration projects and watch my kids at the same time. Using Do Space I have been able to devote overtime hours to a particular graphic design project for my paintball company and, importantly, I have also been able to achieve more family time with my kids and learn a few things using the tech kits. Do Space as has become a reward for when the homework and chores are done.

How does Do Space empower you to grow individually or grow your company?
It allows me to multi-task; to focus on an illustration career on the side; to enjoy quality focus time with my children and to grow in pace with them and their own technological growth. 

What tools and resources are you using at Do Space?
Mainly the Macintosh environment with the Adobe Creative suite. I regularly employ the Wacom tablets as my go-to piece of equipment. For the kids they love using the games room and various tech kits. 

About Author
Sean Kelly, Community Technologist

Sean is an Australian abroad. He is living in Omaha and working at Do Space as a part-time technologist with the desire to gain a valuable insight into U.S. community and culture. Sean has embraced his role at Do Space by combining his enthusiasm for technology with his various backgrounds as a tradesman, audio-visual technician and graduate of International Studies. You may have seen him at the tech desk or conducting classes in the 3D lab.