My name is Chris Griffault. When I first started designing websites, tables were all the rage and we had to reckon with the inscrutable IE6. While things have certainly changed, good design and a clear message are still as important as ever.
Born in Paris. After a few years I move to the U.S. I end up moving every 2-3 years, living in the the U.S., Italy, and Holland. As a result I am fluent in French, proficient in Italian, and completely untalented when it comes to Dutch.
I graduate from the University of Virginia. B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in French literature.
Back to France I go. I am a reluctant conscript in the French army where I serve a year. My job search is put on hold.
Army over. Spend a few months trying to explain to French employers
that while I studied religion, I am not
interested in the priesthood. I chose the
major as it provided a unique perspective
into history, philosophy, and literature. I
land my first job in a clinical research
organization. Make sure documentaion
pertaining to clinical studies follows protocol.
Previous company goes under. Not
my fault though. I land a job as the
office manager for a small tax law firm.
Decide that I don’t love tax law. Find a job as a scientific assistant for an AIDS research organization. Very rewarding experience working with dedicated doctors and researchers. I work on a large international study on HIV infection in women. I provide logistical and administrative support, and help organize the symposium held in Paris.
AIDS organization merges with
ministry of health. My position
is eliminated. I find a job with CIEE,
an international non-profit
dedicated to international exchange.
I coordinate an exchange program
between the U.S. and France. I will
end up working at this company for
12 years in both the U.S. and France.
I am promoted to senior
web designer at CIEE. I
write thousands of lines
of code and design
countless sites and marketing
I win a Broderson award
for website design. Granted it is a very local and niche award, but still nice to be recognized.
I become a stay
at home dad. We move 3 times and finally settle on Philadelphia. We embark on the surprisingly difficult endeavor of locating a pre-school. With the little ones safely ensconced in school, I once again look for a job.
I find a job as a program coordinator for a non-profit organization working with medical students. I work on both digital and print offerings, data management, and conference planning.
I get hired as a graphic designer for a real estate title company. I work on print projects and work on the web sites for over 30 title companies.