Hi, I’m Chris.

I’m a husband, father, entrepreneur, community leader, author, speaker, and amateur adventure athlete.

My wife Christina is a high school teacher and avid runner. We’ve been together since 1997 and married since 2001.

In 2015, we moved from Brooklyn to Boulder with our two kids, Tegan and Killian. Later that year, Riley was born. We’re now a family of five enjoying life in the mountains.

Professional Biography

Chris has been a leader in web design and development for the last two decades and now brings his experience to Faculty, a full-service digital agency.

He co-founded and hosted the beloved Brooklyn Beta for five years and has spoken at Webstock, OSCON, and South by Southwest. He’s also the author of two critically-acclaimed and frequently-cited books: Essential PHP Security and HTTP Developer’s Handbook.

He lives with his wife and three children in Boulder, Colorado. Ask him about soccer and backcountry adventures.

Labors of Love

Faculty
A full-service digital agency with a penchant for perfectionism
Roost
A coworking studio and creative community
Backcountry Club
An outdoor adventure club for people who work on the Internet
Brooklyn Beta
A friendly web conference that ran from 2010–2014 (with Cameron Koczon)
Web Advent
An Advent calendar for web designers and developers that ran from 2007–2012 (with Sean Coates)
Glyph
A tiny tome on typography for the now-defunct Little Printer (with Christopher Murphy)

Selected Interviews

The Great Discontent
The mother of all interviews.
Creative Bloq
Tanya Combrinck asked me a few questions about Summer Camp, a designer fund and startup accelerator.
Between Screens
I talked to Ed Wassermann about Brooklyn Beta.
Technically Brooklyn
Brady Dale interviewed me about my decision to move from Brooklyn to Boulder.
Webstock
Nigel Parker interviewed me at Webstock.
Development Hell
I was a guest of the Development Hell podcast hosted by Ed Finkler and Chris Hartjes.
Voices of the Elephant
I talked to Cal Evans about PHP, web app security, maps, and more.

Selected Press

Selected Talks

  • SXSW · Austin, US
  • LinuxWorld · Toronto, CA
  • Foo Camp · Sebastopol, US
  • ApacheCon · Las Vegas, US
  • Webstock · Wellington, NZ
  • Brooklyn Beta · Brooklyn, US
  • Kiwi Foo Camp · Warkworth, NZ
  • Future of Web Apps · London, UK
  • Smashing Conference · Oxford, UK
  • Beyond Tellerrand · Düsseldorf, DE
  • Microsoft Web Dev Summit · Redmond, US
  • O’Reilly Open Source Convention · Portland, US

Contact

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