DESIGN & BUILD
Hello. I’m Chris. I live in Oakland, California. I design and make things.
Since late 2015 I’ve been at Coursera, first as a senior product designer and then as a principal designer, working on their mission to transform lives through education. As of late 2018, I’ve moved into design management, leading the Partner Design team, a squad making kick-ass authoring and administration tools for instructors, instructional designers, and admins at our university partners.
For most of 2015 I kept busy doing freelance design and coding work for a variety of clients, including the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission (a mobile-first redesign of their 511 tool), The University of California’s Berkeley Language Center (converting their media distribution tools to mobile-friendly HTML5), and others.
In 2014 I led the Mobile team as a product designer at Piazza, a Q&A platform for academic use, chosen by over 30,000 professors at more than 1,000 schools. I introduced the firm to user-centered design processes and did everything from UX research to prototyping to pixel-perfect mockups. The completely redesigned iOS and Android apps saw a 25% term-over-term jump in sessions per user per day.
From 2010-2103, I was lead product designer and front-end engineer for the civic tech app Neighborland, a communications platform that empowers organizations to collaborate with their stakeholders in an accessible, participatory, and equitable way.
Before that, I was at UC’s Berkley Language Center, where I did the UX/UI design and full-stack engineering for the BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips, a web app that serves over 10,000 film clips in 50 languages to language instructors and students at 60 colleges and universities in 3 countries.
In the past I’ve also made music, engineered audio recordings, and done graphic design for print. Sometimes, I make visual art and design furniture. Though busy, I always try to find time to write short-form nonsense. Thanks for stopping by.