Christopher Simmons is a San Francisco-based designer, writer, educator and design advocate.
He is the principal/creative director of the noted San Francisco design office, MINE™ where he designs and directs projects for a variety of clients, including Facebook, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, The Nature Conservancy of California, Chronicle Books, Simon & Schuster, Obama for America and a diversity of nonprofit and entrepreneurial clients. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Hiroshima, Japan, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Museum of Craft & Design, The Smithsonian Institution, and is part of the permanent design archives of the Denver Art Museum.
The author of four books, Simmons is also an adjunct professor of design at The California College of the Arts (CCA) and a past president of the San Francisco AIGA, the professional association for design. Among his enduring accomplishments in that role were the creation of San Francisco Design Week, and the introduction of the first public design-oriented lectures at the Apple Store. On completion of Simmons’ tenure on AIGA’s board, mayor Gavin Newsom issued an official proclamation declaring San Francisco to be a city where “design makes a difference.”
Simmons has been interviewed on design issues by National Public Radio, the New York Times and the CBS Evening News, and has appeared as a guest on 99% Invisible and Design Matters. In 2013 he was named one of “50 most influential designers working today.”