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It's about time
we got


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Time to Party

at the American Museum
of Natural History

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Kids Fighting

one cup at a time.

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to a clutter
free world.

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It's about
time we got

We are a design & technology
firm in Brooklyn, NY

Exploring Technology
with the Boys & Girls
Clubs of America.

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Time to Party
at the American Museum
of Natural History

See this project »
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Kids Fighting
one cup at a time.

See this project »

SOS is a creative studio devoted to
helping organizations communicate ideas
that make a difference.

Meet the Team

  • Sean Oakes
  • Caitlin Endyke
  • Miriam Kasell
  • Roxie
Sean Oakes

Sean Oakes

Principal and Creative Director

In 2000, Sean founded SOS, a specialized creative studio based in Brooklyn, NY. For over a decade, he has set the mission and creative vision for the highly regarded firm; inspiring passionate clients, solving business problems through creativity, and garnering industry recognition.

Sean has always been devoted to pioneering new ways to communicate through technology. His obsession with how digital tools can affect business goals, learning and social change are at the heart of the SOS culture.

Prior to SOS, Sean held Design and Art Director positions at New York start-ups and agencies throughout the 90s. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been recognized by The Webby Awards, Communication Arts, SXSW Interactive, Business Week, The Smithsonian, and Apple. Sean lives in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn with his wife, three children and a persnickety turtle named Holly.

Caitlin Endyke

Caitlin Endyke

Project Manager

Caitlin joined the SOS team after years spent in the nonprofit sector– experience that has prepared her to handle the demands of projects that seek to make a big difference, both on the web and in the real world. She comes to SOS after leading her former nonprofit through a full website redesign and rebranding, a process that allowed her to see first hand how innovative technologies and clear messaging can help organizations more effectively meet their missions.

Caitlin hails from New Hampshire, holds a degree in History from New York University, and once performed in the circus. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she’s always on the hunt for a good cup of iced coffee and a great pick-up soccer game.

Miriam Kasell

Miriam Kasell

Senior Designer

As an Art Director at SOS, Miriam brings a stylistic breadth of experience from non-profits, small businesses, museums, and the health care industry. She is passionate about affecting positive change through smart, multidisciplinary design. She enjoys responding to diverse client needs with interactive design solutions, exacting typography, and making things look pretty.

Miriam was born in Denmark, and has degrees from Oberlin College and Parsons The New School of Design. She lives in Brooklyn, plays well with others, and takes pleasure seriously, just like Charles Eames said.



Roxie is thrilled to be the official studio dog and mascot at SOS. She takes her role here very seriously, and is always eager to lend a paw for the greater good. She enjoys long strolls to the Carousel at lunch, barking in her sleep from the back of someone’s chair, advising on font and color decisions, and consulting on new music choices for studio tunes.

Roxie was rescued in Los Angeles in 2004. She’s settling into middle age, as feisty as she’s always been, with a few less teeth and a studio full of adoring fans.

What We Do

  • Brand and Identity Design
  • Interactive Brand Strategy
  • Concept Development
  • Copywriting
  • Social Media Strategy
  • User Experience Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Website Development
  • Content Management Systems
  • Database-driven Applications
  • Online Gaming
  • Mobile Applications
  • E-commerce
  • Rich Media Development
  • Animation and Video Production

Updates From SOS

Careers at SOS: Senior Web Developer

June 3, 2015

SOS, an interactive design firm, is seeking a talented, conscientious Senior Web Developer to join our growing company.

This position is a chance to be part of a team that specializes in smart strategy, beautiful design and expert project management. We love helping education, non-profit, and community-focused clients create world class online products and website that make a difference in the world. Are you one of us?

You would be responsible for overseeing and developing a variety of web projects – sometimes on your own, sometimes managing outside development teams. We love a positive attitude and sense of humor almost as much as we love a beautiful portfolio.

What we’ll need:

  • 2+ years experience with PHP, WordPress and/or Drupal (creating sites from scratch, developing themes, and plug-ins)
  • Develop technical strategy and specifications
  • Evaluate wireframes and creative concepts for technical feasibility and completeness
  • Experience with JavaScript frameworks (jQuery, Backbone, Angular, Closure, NodeJS, etc.)
  • Experience translating comps and wireframes into semantically correct web templates
  • Experience with web standards and best practices for SEO, accessibility, and load time reduction
  • Experience with source/version control software (GIT, SVN, etc.)
  • Be an expert resource for the team on all things related to development and programming
  • Ability to use the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Assist in developing technical estimates and proposals for clients
  • Experience setting up, tuning, and maintaining hosting

What we’d like to see:

  • 5+ years experience in web development
  • An impressive portfolio of websites
  • Excellent communication skills; collaborative/team approach to problem solving
  • Experience teaming up with Visual Designers to develop creative UX solutions and push interactive concepts
  • Loves the details when translating visual designs to developed products
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, manage your own time and always meet deadlines
  • Experience managing development teams


  • IA/Wireframing experience
  • Experience with a JavaScript MVC framework such as Backbone, Canvas or ExtJS
  • Working knowledge of application level programming such as PHP, ASP.NET, and/or JaveEE
  • Experience with Drupal and CiviCRM
  • Web services and APIs (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Mobile development (iOS, Android)
  • Active in the developer community with a few github projects and a jquery plugin or two

About This Company

SOS is a digital design firm specializing in the creation of experiences, products, platforms, and content for the education, non-profit and youth markets.

This is a full-time position on-site at our headquarters in DUMBO, Brooklyn. We offer a competitive salary, 100% Health Insurance coverage, retirement matching, and generous PTO. And yes, we have a fridge full of craft beer.

To be considered for this role, send a cover letter (this is important) and links to your work with descriptions of your role on each project to:


Event: Design in EdTech / Gamification

May 5, 2015

Our second 2015 event, Design in EdTech: Gamification will focus on the role of design in incentivizing achievement and rewarding learners. From UX designed to encourage deeper engagement, to fully-realized digital badging programs, gamification of learning has long been a key component of EdTech.

For this event, we’re inviting a panel of some the industry’s smartest and most creative minds to drive the conversation.

Whether you are a designer, creative manager, educational expert, entrepreneur or technologist, your thoughts and insights can help shape the future of the role of Design in Education.

When: Tuesday May 5, 2015
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Where: SOS HQ, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 68 Jay Street, Suite 821
Admission: $5 online – advance RSVP only please, space is limited
Beer, wine, and light snacks will be served

Event: Design in Educational Technology (Rescheduled for 2/26)

January 15, 2015

Educational Technology is hitting its tipping point. From the growing success of Khan Academy, to budding innovations driven by lean start-ups, the acceptance of Ed Tech in the classroom and the home has never been greater.  How does the visual experience factor in? Now is the time to explore how Design can broaden the impact and influence of Ed Tech.

Come join us at SOS Brooklyn to discuss the importance of Design in Ed Tech with some of the industry’s smartest and most creative minds. Whether you are a designer, creative manager, educational expert, entrepreneur or technologist, your thoughts and insights can help shape the future of the role of Design in Education

When: Thursday, February 26th, 2015
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Where: SOS HQ, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 68 Jay Street, Suite 821
Admission: $5 online (beer, wine, and light snacks will be served)

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to help fund their ongoing efforts to introduce technology-driven education to our nation’s youth.

AMNH Host an Event Wins WebAward

September 22, 2014

We are thrilled to announce that our Host an Event website for the American Museum of Natural History has been recognized with a WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development. A hearty congrats goes out to our partners at AMNH, who were instrumental in making this project a success.  It’s always great to be acknowledged for a project that was as fun to put together as it is beautiful, and this site, which showcases the Museum’s iconic event spaces, is one of our favorites.

Since 1997, the Web Marketing Association’s annual WebAward Competition has been setting the standard of excellence for Website development. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward – the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide.

Alex’s Lemonade Redesign Wins Big at 2013 W3 Awards

October 18, 2013

Our warm and friendly redesign for long-time client, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, is being recognized by the prestigious W³ Awards this year. After months of strategy, design and highly-custom technology development, we relaunched the site for this children’s cancer charity in April. Already they’ve seen engagement and excitement around fundraising take off. It’s honor enough to be associated with this amazing organization, but a W³ Award is pretty sweet too.

The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning Websites, Web Video and Online Marketing programs. Simply put, the W³ is the first major Web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between.

The American Museum of Natural History Takes the Party Mobile

After lots of careful planning and pixel pushing, we’re thrilled to unveil the new, improved Host an Event mini-site for the American Museum of Natural History’s Event and Conference services team. SOS designed their original Flash-based site back in 2006, and although the old version was still performing and driving sales leads, it was time for a big update. We kept many of the visual elements from the original, but completely rebuilt the technology. The new version is optimized for iPads, tablets and smart phones. Another big new feature is the Lookbook.  Developing a section like this speaks to the glamour and high-fashion mindset of their events and prospective clients. Cheers team!

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Launches New Site!

March 8, 2013

We are so proud to announce the launch of the new SOS-designed site for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. With 275+ grants awarded in support of Childhood Cancer Research, Alex’s continues to provide hope for a cure for so many kids throughout the country. We are honored to be a part of this mission.

WebMD Fit Sites Win Three W3 Awards

October 13, 2011

Los Angeles, CA – (October 11, 2011) – The Winners of The 2011 W3 Awards have been announced by the International Academy of the Visual Arts today. Receiving over 3,000 entries, The W3 Awards honors outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, & Mobile Apps created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide.

This year, W3 has presented us with three Silver Awards for our WebMD Fit websites. We are honored in the Children, Education and Health categories. Congratulations all around.

The W3 Awards celebrates creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning Websites, Web Video and Online Marketing programs. Simply put, the W3 is the first major Web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies.

The W3 Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms.

SOS Helps WebMD and Sanford Health With Kids Fit Initiative

August 3, 2011

For over a year, Sean Oakes Studios, Inc. has worked with WebMD and Sandford Health to create a new online destination for Kids who want to learn more about Fitness. Fit is a new platform created through science and research that educates, motivates, and inspires children of all ages and their parents to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

SOS has leveraged it’s deep expertise in creating meaningful content for Kids, Tweens and Teens to help translate WebMD’s visionary new fitness information into a graphically rich, fun online destination. With tons of animation, videos and articles, young visitors can customize and connect to information that can change their lives as it educates and entertains.

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