An important component of my professional work is equipping and empowering other creative professionals, DIYers, entrpreneurs, non-profit organizations, and students in the technical arts. For five years, I was an adjunct instructor at Clark College in Vancouver, WA and even received the college’s Exceptional Faculty Award in 2014. Doing this work strengthened my abilities in creating course curriculum, connecting with students where they were at, and coaching them to where they wanted to be. Today, I offer half-day and full-day workshops as well as individualized sessions for those looking to learn more about video production, video editing, podcasting, motion graphics, and professional and business-related practices.
- Intro to Video for Photographers (full-day)
- Podcasting 101 (half-day)
- DIY Documentary (full-day)
- Building Your Platform (half-day)
Whether I am giving technical talks or sharing stories about my experiences as a creative professional, speaking is a way for me to motivate and inspire people to act.
- How to Learn, Make, and Grow: Reflections on 5 Years of Teaching Technical Education
- DIY Documentary: Using the Art of Documentary to Promote Your Work
- Dear Designers… A Love Letter From a Developer
- Becoming Better Designers by Teaching Others
- Build Your Platform
- Asking Better Questions
How to Learn, Make, and Grow: Reflections on 5 Years of Teaching Technical Courses
Event: Devsigner 2017
For five years, I taught a variety of technical courses (web design and development, video production, motion graphics, and professional practices) at a local community college and witnessed a lot of helpful and destructive learning habits. In this session, I share positive insights on how students and seasoned professionals can have a deeper connection to what they are learning, make with increased frequency, and grow into the type of creative professional they desire to be. Whether you find yourself in college right now, want to learn something new, or feel stuck in your current skill levels, this session will move you forward.
DIY Documentary: Using the Art of Documentary to Promote Your Work
Event: Devsigner 2016
Whether you want to create a behind the scenes look at how your work is created or you want to poke fun at how serious the work can be (think Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries), documentary video is a fun and engaging way to share with your clients and your audience what you’re all about. I shared five ways designers, developers, and creative professionals can use the art of documentary video to promote themselves or their work.
Event: Devsigner 2015
No one discounts the value designers bring to the web and app development process, but there are things they need to know about coding and development in order to make the entire journey from concept to completion run smoother.
Pulling from experiences working as a solo devsigner on small projects and as a developer on larger projects, Chris talks about ways designers can improve communication with developers so that the end product is both functional and beautiful, while keeping account managers happy.
Becoming Better Devsigners by Teaching Others
Event: Devsigner 2014
A talk about how teaching others to do what I do has made me a better person–creatively, socially, humanly–and not only helped me to become a better devsigner, but also probably saved my creative career.
Social Business Strategies: Get Social, Do Business
Event: 140 Characters Conference Northwest 2011
In May 2011, Bruce Elgort and I gave a talk about the role of social business at the 140 Characters Conference Northwest. The main takeaway was that social business is about POSTER: People, Objectives, Strategies, Technology, Evangelism, and Rules of Engagement.