- Him: Chris Anderson
- Born: 1978
- Married to: Jen
- Father of: Jack
- Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
- Favorite Novel: Watership Down
My name is Chris. I am a husband, father, graphic designer ... oh, and recently a student of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. That’s a story worth telling...
In August of 2008—after ten years of professional experience as a graphic designer—I enrolled in seminary to receive my Masters in Divinity. And while that may seem like an odd career move, I see my seminary education as thoroughly consistent with my purpose as a designer. In fact, that apparent oddity may actually be the best way to summarize who I am and what I contribute as a designer.
I am an irrepressible storyteller. If you ask me, anything worth saying, is worth saying in story. In fact, everything we do or say or write has a story lurking somewhere behind it—even recipes or statements of fact. We cannot escape telling stories; we can only escape telling them well.
Graphic design is all about visual storytelling. There is a school of psychology called Gestalt Theory, which informs the basic principles of design. Essentially, it details the mind’s ability to recognize visual patterns and whole forms through collections of simple lines, shapes, and colors. We create meaning out of disparate visual cues—which is precisely what we do every day of our lives by telling (and listening to) stories. We create meaning out of the details of life.
I went to seminary in order to understand the really big stories—the ones that shape and give meaning to life. You may disagree with me regarding the relative importance of the Christian story of Jesus (and disagreement is encouraged!), but I hope you’ll appreciate the continuity of purpose. I am a storyteller because stories are the stuff of life. I speak them, teach them, and draw them. I set them in print and on the web. I am committed to understanding them and communicating them with clarity and beauty. I am an irrepressible storyteller. It's who I am and what I do.