Chris Van Patten is an entrepreneur, product designer, and creative director living in New York.
Chris’s company, Van Patten Media Inc., is a user experience, product design, and enterprise WordPress consultancy. Van Patten Media Inc. has built projects with TorrentFreak, Tony Award nominee Susan Egan (Hercules, Beauty and the Beast on Broadway), the Baton Rouge Business Report (and sister publications  and inRegister), Superfeedr (now owned by Medium), and Flint Rehab.
Before moving to New York, Chris was an active member of the growing tech community in Buffalo, NY. Chris co-organised WordCamp Buffalo (Buffalo’s first WordCamp) and created BfloFRED, the Buffalo Front-End Developer’s Meetup. He also organised the Buffalo OpenBeer Club (and its spin-off event ThirdThursday) and designed the logo for BarCamp Buffalo.
Chris is also an active speaker, and has given talks in cities around the world (including, Barcelona, Boston, Houston, Toronto, and many more). He speaks on the intersection of modern web development and user experience. You can find a selection of his talks at WordPress.tv.
Before becoming a digital creative director, Chris trained as a theatre designer. He received a BFA in Theatre Design & Technology from the University at Buffalo, focusing on scenic and lighting design.
As a theatre designer, Chris Van Patten designed scenery, lighting, and sound for productions including Rent (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region II Finalist), Our Town, Oleanna (Finalist, National Barbizon Award for Theatrical Design), and UB’s Zodiaque Dance Company. His projection design for Rent was featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial International Competitive Exhibition of Scenography, and the Rent design experience was highlighted in a University at Buffalo student profile.
Chris has also directed for the stage and camera. He co-conceived Quarter-Life Crisis, a concert featuring the work of new musical theatre composers. More recently, he directed and designed a production of Gary Sunshine’s Al Takes a Bride for the UB Student Theatre Guild.