About Our Team
About Seaver Interactive
The firm had its beginnings in 1992, when the internet was still in its infancy, when Jeff was alpha-testing a program called Mosaic, a precursor to the first commercial web browser, Netscape. Jeff had been toying with computers since he was a kid (before Macs, or Windows, or Facebook, or Google, or even AOL!) but web design pulled him back in. Since then, the digital world has evolved by light-years. Many firms have come and gone — but we're still here.
Over the years Jeff has joined forces with a number of talented specialists with specific skills like software engineering, graphic design, SEO (search engine optimization), user interface design (UX|UI), content marketing, copywriting, editing, photography, and more. The firm evolved into Seaver Interactive LLC. We're located in a beautiful state-of-the-art office on the Saugatuck River in Westport CT.
He worked in advertising, publishing and the communication arts for over 25 years, working alongside some of the top names in those fields, where 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 included in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian. Jeff has juried competitive award shows including The WebAwards, Mobile Web Awards, Communication Arts Annual, Big W Awards, The Society of Illustrators Annual Show and the Art Directors Club Exhibition. He is a past National President of The Graphic Artists Guild, and was involved in legislative efforts on copyright law, providing testimony to the US Congressional Office on Technology.
Jeff has been a professor, guest instructor and lecturer, presenting at many major art schools across the US. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at various technology conferences, and was a contributing technical writer to several software guides for Adobe. He currently teaches workshops on digital marketing through SCORE.
Jeff Seaver got his start in the tech world programming a GE mainframe computer while in high school. He went on to receive a degree in architecture, but moved instead into the world of commercial art and design in New York City.
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 Dupreewears two hats in our shop. He's 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). Not only is Jon a software specialist who can provide tech support while weaving through traffic, he's also a marketing guru who develops big-picture marketing strategies for clients.
Jon develops and implements ongoing marketing campaign strategies, trains clients and manages content creation and marketing to help grow their businesses. 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 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 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.
Nicole is the newest member of the Seaver Interactive team. She brings savvy and a hard-working spirit to her work, specializing in search engine optimization, and content marketing on a wide variety of platforms.
She did her art undergraduate studies in Florence, Italy, and returned to the US with an interest in the intersections between art, design and technology. Prior to working with us, Nicole was a consultant for Lilian August and several local firms that provide design services. Nicole also has experience with designing operations systems as well as exhibit and retail display.
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!
David is a WordPress and CSS expert with decades of experience and hundreds of websites under his belt. He is also one of the few technology coders who can speak design. He is widely acknowledged for his work, elegant in its simplicity. He's also held in awe by fans for his seemingly limitless patience. In dealing with nitpicky clients, designers, writers, photographers, some of whom “Won’t know what we don’t like until we see it,” he maintains “That’s why god invented pubs.”
David possesses a huge reservoir of knowledge of all things digital, yet makes no secret of his disdain for those who stream their lives staring at smartphones. He prefers instead to live his life staring at football (aka “soccer”) matches.
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.
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.