Shawn Allen is a Stamen partner, designer, and programmer. As Interaction Director, he both facilitates communication between Stamen's design and technology teams and directs the design and implementation of interactive projects. He also teaches and consults journalists, policymakers, and the public sector on strategies for making information available to the public.
Shawn has worked in and on the web for over a decade, first as an interaction designer, then developing user interfaces for console video games at Maxis, then as a freelance web designer and developer before joining Stamen in 2005. He has taught data visualization courses at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the Interaction Design MFA program at the Parsons School of Visual Arts in New York, and GAFFTA in San Francisco. He speaks regularly at design, technology and urban planning conferences, and develops open source software to support Stamen's practice and the broader developer community..