About

A love for words and beautiful images led Sean Freeman to explore a harmony of both through THERE IS, a design studio specializing in creative typography, illustration & art direction – joining forces with creative partner & producer Eve Steben.

Based in sunny East London, they create award winning typographic designs and illustrations for a varied range of clients globally from advertising to music, editorial and publishing; with the work being featured in numerous books and magazines. Combining design, art experiments and photography into unique treatments, Sean’s work is known to be as powerful as it is unique: a dynamic and organic fusion between elements.

Forever curious, Sean is constantly exploring new ways of approaching his practice, embracing happy accidents and with a passion for visual storytelling, type, textures and everything in between.

Awards

  • Type Directors Club 2015

    Certificate of Excellence • The National

  • CA Typography Annual 2015

    Award of Excellence • & Short Film

  • CA Typography Annual 2015

    Award of Excellence • Patak’s

  • D&AD Global Awards 2013

    In-Book

  • CA Typography Annual 2013

    Award of Excellence • TIME, Bin Laden

  • CA Typography Annual 2013

    Award of Excellence • Audi

  • Type Directors Club 2013

    Certificate of Excellence

  • Type Directors Club 2013

    Certificate of Excellence

  • Graphis 100 Best in Design 2012

    Gold Award

  • Type Directors Club 2012

    Certificate of Excellence

  • Art Directors Club 2011

    Young Guns 9 Winner

  • CA Typography Annual 2011

    Best in Calligraphy

  • CA Typography Annual 2011

    Best in Hand Lettering & Posters

  • D&AD Global Awards 2010

    In-Book

  • Creative Review Illustration Annual 2010

    Best in Book: Advertising

Clients

  • 4 CREATIVE

  • CIROC

  • GLENLIVET

  • MOMENTUM FILMS

  • SONY

  • ALL CITY MEDIA

  • CITROEN

  • GOMEZ

  • MOTOROLA

  • SUPRA

  • ALPHA ZULU TANGO

  • CLEAN & CLEAR

  • GREEN DAY

  • NEW YORK LOTTERY

  • TBWA

  • AMBROSIA

  • COCA COLA

  • GUINNESS

  • NEW YORK MAGAZINE

  • THE CHRONICLE REVIEW

  • AMON TOBIN

  • COMPUTER ARTS

  • HARPER COLLINES

  • NEW YORK TIMES

  • THE DECEMBERISTS

  • ANOTHER PLANET

  • CREATIVE REVIEW

  • HAVAS WORLDWIDE

  • NIKE

  • THE GUARDIAN

  • AUDI

  • CRITERION FILMS

  • HAYMARKET

  • OGILVY & MATHER

  • THE LONDONERS

  • AXE

  • CROWN PAINT

  • HENNESSY

  • PATAKS

  • THE NATIONAL

  • BAND OF HORSES

  • DDB

  • HODDER & STOUGHTON

  • PENCILS OF PROMISE

  • THE NEW REPUBLIC

  • BBH

  • DIRECT LINE

  • JACK DU ROSE

  • PLAYSTATION

  • THE ROYAL MINT

  • BIOGEN

  • DISCOVERY CHANNEL

  • LANA DEL REY

  • PUBLICIS

  • THE TALENT BUSINESS

  • BLOOMSBERG

  • DROGA 5

  • LENOVO

  • RANKIN

  • THINK!

  • BON MAGAZINE

  • ENERGY BBDO

  • LEO BURNETT

  • REAL SIMPLE

  • TIME MAGAZINE

  • BRANSTON

  • ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

  • LONDON OLYMPICS

  • REDLIGHT MANAGEMENT

  • TIMEOUT

  • BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • EXPEDIA

  • LITTLE BROWN

  • ROME SNOWBOARDS

  • VOLT MAGAZINE

  • CALIFORNIA LOTTERY

  • FOREIGN POLICY

  • MAXIM MAGAZINE

  • SAATCHI & SAATCHI

  • WEIDEN + KENNEDY

  • CAPITAL RECORDS

  • FORTUNE 500

  • MCGARRYBOWEN

  • SAATCHI X

  • WIRED

  • CHANNEL 4

  • GALAXY

  • MICROSOFT

  • SID LEE

  • WRIGLEY

Exhibitions

  • SIAM Center

    Interactive installation, Bangkok, Thailand, 2015

  • KK Outlet – Art Relay

    Collective Exhibition, London, UK, 2012

  • Art Directors Club – Young Guns 9

    Collective Exhibition, YG Awards, New York, US, 2011

  • Bangkok Design Festival

    Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010.

  • Don’t Believe The Type

    Trapped in Suburbia, the Hague, Netherlands, 2010.

  • If You Could Collaborate

    A Foundation Gallery at Rochelle School, London, UK, 2010.

Publications

  • Advanced Photoshop Magazine

    March, 2010

  • Communication Arts

    Typography Annual, 2013

  • Computer Arts Projects

    Become a Master in Typography, 2010

  • Creative Review

    Illustration Annual 2010

  • D&AD 13

    A Selection of the Best Advertising and Design in the World

  • D&AD 09

    A Selection of the Best Advertising and Design in the World

  • D&AD Student Awards

    2007

  • Digital Arts Magazine

    New British Design: The Best Illustrators for 2009

  • Digital Arts Magazine

    Perfect Portfolios: Sean Freeman, 2009

  • It’s Nice That

    If You Could Collaborate, 2010

  • Illustration Now! 3

    2009

  • Lemon Poppy Seed

    Multitasking Creativity, 2008

  • Lodown Magazine

    Sean Freeman: Typographical Creationism, 2009

  • Los Logos Compass

    2010

  • New Ornamental Type

    Decorative Lettering in the Digital Age, 2010

  • Novum: World of Graphic Design

    Sleep when you’re dead, 2012

  • Playful Type 2

    Ephemeral Lettering and Illustrative Fonts, 2010

  • +81 Plus Eighty One

    Creators on the Line, 2011

  • Selected A

    Graphic Design from Europe, 2010

  • The 3D Type Book

    2011