Read•Write•Design is an agency founded and run by Chris Gerben. Chris has over 15 years of experience in the fields of publishing, editing, writing, education, technology, and consulting. After leaving AOL Time Warner Books in 2003, Chris began teaching writing, speaking, and design courses at schools including the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, New York University, and St. Edward’s University in Austin.
While teaching, Chris continued to be an active researcher and public speaker, publishing empirical studies and giving talks on social media writing, collaboration studies, and visual literacy. He likewise consulted with and produced content for major technology companies including Apple, Facebook, Poll Everywhere, and Qnary, while providing freelance work for individual projects, such as a feature story in a 2016 episode of This American Life.
At times based in Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and Austin, Read•Write•Design is now based in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area of Minnesota while still providing nation-wide solutions for corporations and individuals alike.
over 15 years of experience
Chris earned his BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 2001, his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, and his PhD in English & Education from the University of Michigan in 2012.
In addition to the name of the company, reading, writing, and designing are some of Chris’s favorite hobbies that don’t involve following the Detroit Tigers or spending time with his wife and two daughters.