A full-spectrum designer and developer building critical data products and experiences

Christopher France

Builder and strategist

I'm a digital designer and technical architect based in Oakland, California. I help build systems for decision support, collaboration and sensemaking.

I often lead product design process for network-driven companies, usually in collaboration with business and engineering teams. I serve as a full-spectrum, cross-functional integrator who speaks technical, design and business-strategic languages. I have also worked as a behavioral usability researcher.

  • LightField — Co-founder at climate data startup
  • The Data Guild — Lead member at startup studio
  • Contain — Technology lead at fintech startup
  • Healthmade — Creative technologist at healthcare design studio
  • Litterati — Data strategist at environmental startup
  • Meedan — Design director and co-founder of technology company
  • Bolt | Peters — Designer and UI researcher at UX consultancy
  • Ethnio — Rails developer and designer for usability research product
  • Ushahidi — iOS designer and design advisor for civic media platform
  • Blast Internet — Linux systems administrator for web services firm
  • Nonprofit Design — Founder of design services company

I’ve collected selections of my work with reflections on my process.


I’m grateful to have been invited to speak at venues such as RightsCon, Global Fact, the Online News Association, DrupalCon, the International CrisisMappers Conference, the AIGA, SXSW, the African News Innovation Challenge, the Nonprofit Technology Conference, the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program and Stanford University.

I am sometimes available for talks, please get in touch.


I am not currently available for independent consulting engagements, but if your interest involves data for climate or environmental science, please reach out to my company LightField.


For more details please reach out via my LinkedIn page or contact form. You may also be interested in my resume: as HTML or as a PDF.

un·think′ing·ly adv. — (from v. to unthink) proceeding by undoing one’s thinking: to unthink and rethink technological myths (Corlann Gee Bush)

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Christopher Blow France