Read•Write•Design is an agency founded by Chris Gerben. Chris has over 15 years of experience in the fields of professional communication, content creation, social media, instruction/instructional design, branding, presentations, 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 design. 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.
Chris began work as the global social media manager at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney in 2017, transforming their social media strategy and brand voice leading to double-digit percentage growth in followers, engagements, and clicks. While there he was the sole marketing representative creating content at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in 2018. In 2018 he began a new role at Omobono, becoming the lead content strategist for a sole Fortune 500 account.
At times based in Ann Arbor, San Francisco, and Austin, Read•Write•Design is now based in Chicago 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.