My name is Chris and I'm a designer.
I'm also a developer, a writer, an illustrator, a blogger, a digital marketing analyst and a creative problem solver — not to mention a father, a husband, a marathon runner, a CrossFitter, a huge music fan, a hockey player, a beer drinker, and a guy whose shoes always match his outfit.
But of all the things that define me, perhaps what matters the most to me is striving to be different. Whether it's my compulsion for colorful kicks, my love of tacky tourist activities or my unique blend of musical tastes, the things that help me stand out from the crowd are the ones that make me tick.
Over the years, taking the path less traveled in my career has led me to some pretty interesting places. I've interviewed famous musicians, partied on rooftops with digital marketing gurus and gotten paid to ride in a NASCAR car and play mini-golf.
But in addition to keeping life from getting boring, this constant urge to pave my own path has also given me a unique perspective that allows me to see things a bit differently than most.
I've used this perspective to consistently challenge the conventions of design, development and marketing, creating a one-of-a-kind skillset that combines the best parts of all three. This versatility allows me to be comfortable in nearly any situation, whether it's creative or technical, leading or collaborating, planning or executing.
Through more than a decade of striving for success, I've also learned the value of hard work, how to juggle many tasks at once, and how to manage deadlines while always striving to exceed the expectations of co-workers, customers and clients.
During this journey I've been lucky enough to be part of some amazing companies that have allowed me to create award-winning work and work with some outstanding people.
When I'm not designing things or checking items off my bucket list, I spend my time with my amazing wife, Heidi, and my two young sons, Miles and Mason.
I was born in Wheeling, W.V., grew up in Westerville, Ohio, and attended Ohio University while pursuing a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. I'm life-long Ohio State Buckeyes fan, an adopted Colts fan from my time living in Indiana and a proud Columbus Blue Jackets season-ticket holder.
After spending 11 years in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I was crazy enough to leave the beach in 2017 and relocated my family to the Columbus, Ohio, area and I couldn't be happier to be home.
Chris Mowder is an award-winning designer, developer and digital marketing professional based in Columbus, OH. During a decade in the newspaper industry, he worked for several daily and weekly publications, launched his own music publication and was honored by the Associated Press and South Carolina Press Association for his infographics, illustration, page design, writing and web design. Since moving into digital marketing and web development in 2012, he's worked for a variety of clients in the travel, tourism and retail industries and has designed for several large-scale websites including MyrtleBeach.com, Ohio.org and Jegs.com.
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