After graduating from Mississippi State University in 1996 Dean became Art Director of the New Times in Miami. Dean directed the alt-weekly for up to 7 years and drummed up more then 28 local & national awards. In 2003 Dean and his wife Valerie started the Sebring Group - and soon the once - simple freelance dream - blossomed into a full service design company specializing in custom publishing and new media.
The Sebring Group's flagship magazine the Blueprint Directory - hauled in 6 first place design awards over its short-lived lifespan – inluding Best New Magazine, Best Cover Design, Best Overall Use of Photography and Best Overall Design Magazine 2-years in a row. In 2008 the Sebring Group accepted an offer to join the innovative publisher Sandow Media and over see the special projects division developing new titles and brand development.
At Sandow Media working with visionary Adam Sandow and Creative Director Yolanda Yoh - Dean's redesign of Worth magazine garnished a Gold Medal for Best Redesign of a Magazine at the Annual Society of Publication Design Awards 2010. Not to be overlooked, the transformation of Sandow Media's watch magazine inSync to the upscale Watch Journal has elevated the publication to a major player in the luxury watch market.
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