Chris has diverse experience creating effective, award-winning visual communications as a graphic designer, web designer, science museum exhibit researcher/writer, science journalist, and publications director for an association of hands-on science museums. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University with emphasis in mass media and sociology of science; her dissertation examined coverage of occupational health in the mainstream and alternative press.
In the first half of her professional career, Chris was a researcher/writer at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry; an editor at JAMA Medical News; an editor covering social science at the Chronicle of Higher Education; a freelance writer published in such magazines as Psychology Today and Health; and publications director at the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
After developing an interest in the visual side of communication, Chris studied design at VCU, and worked as a designer and art director at two design studios, and as a freelance contract designer, during which time she worked on print and web projects for clients including the National Science Foundation, NIH, and AARP.
Chris’s strong suits as a designer are typography, color, integrating imagery and text, and information hierarchy. As a designer, she continually strives to integrate content and visuals to create compelling design.
Outside of work, Chris takes printmaking and crafts workshops, collects new and vintage wind-up toys, push puppets, and metal tins, and plays a mean game of basketball. Under the umbrella of www.girlmeetsart.com, she creates and writes about crafty projects and the creative process.