About Our Team
About Seaver Interactive
Our firm planted roots when the internet was in its infancy. Jeff was toying with computers off and on since he was a kid (before Macs, or Windows, or Facebook, or Google, or even AOL!), but in 1992 he stumbled on to a program originating from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The program was Mosaic, which evolved into the first widely used web browser, Netscape. That pulled Jeff into the world of digital design, and the race was on. Many firms have come and gone — but we're still here.
Over the years Jeff has worked with a number of talented specialists in these different disciplines of graphic design and logo design, branding, software engineering, SEO, user interface design (UX|UI), content marketing, copywriting, editing, photography, and more. The firm evolved into Seaver Interactive LLC. We now work in beautiful state-of-the-art offices located on the Saugatuck River in Westport CT.
Jeff Seaver founded Seaver Interactive to integrate his work in development, design and content. He acts as project runner and creative director. If you reach out to us, you'll likely be working directly with him. Jeff has a hands-on approach and he is dedicated to customer support. He and the team try to exceed expectations on every project we take on.
Jeff Seaver got his start programming a GE mainframe computer at age 15. He got a degree in architecture, but switched to art and design in New York City. He has been in the communication arts for over 25 years, working alongside some of the top names in the field. His work has won awards from Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club, Print, The Mobium Awards, The Society of Illustrators, Art Direction and The Dallas Art Directors Club — awards for illustration, art direction, copywriting and graphic design. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums. Jeff has juried award shows including The WebAwards, Mobile Web Awards, Communication Arts Annual, Big W Awards, The Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club. He's a past National President of The Graphic Artists Guild, and was involved in legislative efforts on copyright law.
Jeff has been an adjunct professor, guest instructor and lecturer, presenting at major art schools across the US. He's been a featured speaker and panelist at technology conferences, and was a contributing technical writer to guides for Adobe software. He teaches workshops and provides consultation on digital marketing for various non-profits.
He has belonged to the AIGA, the Art Directors Club of NY, The Society of Illustrators, The Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators, The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, The Connecticut Art Directors Club, and the National Association of Broadcast and Electronic Technicians (NABET).
Bud Lavery is lead designer and also manages our high-end print projects. He's a world-class award-winning graphic designer and a typophile whose talents include brilliant logo design, publication design & print production, game design and website front-end design.
He was a principal in the highly respected Ross Culbert & Lavery design studio in New York City. Over the years he has designed movie posters, books, museum banners and print materials for hundreds of major clients. Bud is also a sharp-witted copywriter. When not analyzing typography on billboards as they go by, Bud tends to his “artisanal” apple orchards and paints beautiful, acrylic paintings of brand-name crackers and cookies. This has led to his being known as "The Painter of Carbs."
Jon Dupree wears two hats in our shop. He develops and implements ongoing marketing campaign strategies, trains clients and manages content creation and marketing to help grow their businesses.
He's also a software engineer who can manage front-end and back-end development and an expert in UX|UI (user-experience/user-interface) design and SEO (search engine optimization) who can provide tech support while weaving through traffic, he's also a marketing guru who develops big-picture marketing strategies for clients. He's also a parent to four kids, and a cute dog unburdened by common sense. Jon remains our most unrufflable team member, though we keep testing.
Marina White is a talented graphic designer who understands online and print design. She also manages content marketing on social media, email marketing and print production. She has designed websites, direct mail brochures, booklets, flyers, posters, trade show booths and entire art exhibits. She did her art studies in Sienna, Italy. Marina is also a gifted photographer.
An accomplished pastry chef, Marina is a self-confessed “pastry snob,” and she unleashes her creative skills on some of the finest baked goods our team has encountered. Sometimes, however, she shows up armed merely with her beautiful photography of her latest creations. This does not help with staff morale.
Jodi Wallace is a branding and marketing expert with decades of experience. She has developed brands and marketing campaigns for hundreds of major companies. Her work has included naming and branding major real estate projects, consumer pharmaceuticals, company divisions, retail brands and brand spinoffs. She has worked in sectors from IT to medical to software to, well, you name it. Better yet, let her name it.
Described as “a marketing tornado and a breath of fresh air,” Jodi is sought after not just for her brilliant creative gifts, but for her in-depth research, developing a comprehensive understanding of each client’s situation in their marketplace that informs all of our creative solutions.
Lucy Hadley White
Lucy White has 20 years of experience as a writer and communications consultant and has run the gamut of marketing communications from serving as an account executive on the advertising for an international fashion and cosmetics brand to developing materials for popular children’s characters.
She has worked with investment banks, hospitals, technology firms, nonprofits and law firms to develop their marketing communications from capabilities and recruiting materials to annual reports. She has created long-range corporate strategy planning documents, provided editorial consulting and helped publishers market various business and professional book divisions.
Lucy was a literature major at Princeton University. She is a founding trustee and program director for a New York historical society and served on resource development committees of Literacy Volunteers of America and Saratoga ArtsFest.
Barbara Thompson is an art director and production artist with a wide range of experience. She has worked with many advertising agencies, design firms and corporations. Barbara specializes in product development and marketing – creating brochures, guides, presentations and website materials which present information in a clear, concise and easily understood way.
In addition to enjoying the challenges of marrying words to type, she loves to play with graphic images and create interesting color palettes. We're also lucky in that she actually enjoys the process of building final files — and triple-checking the work!
Tim has been working in the communication arts for over 30 years. His specialties include IT and tech services, print production and digital graphics. He's also a university professor teaching in the fine and applied arts.
But more than anything, what Tim brings to the party is an abiding love of photography and "messing about" with pictures. He works in aerial photography, drone photography, 3D, stop-motion and dozens of other graphic and photographic specialties.
A relentless tinkerer, he is one of those people that if an extraterrestrial came down and gave him a box and told him it would solve world hunger, Tim wouldn't take it to the U.N. – he would take it apart. When he's not busy with all that, he's a sailor and a foodie, and loves combining the two (not eating sails, but cooking on boats).
Seaver Interactive LLC produces our work in-house. We conceive, design, develop, implement and test our own stuff. We create content and build our own work. We don't use third-party prebuilt templates, or ship our projects out to mysterious overseas companies. Along with our regular team, we do have a trusted group of subcontractors, assembled over many years through trial and error. They provide top-drawer writing, coding and IT, freelance photography, illustration, graphic design, copy editing and proofreading, print services and more.