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Chris Lorensson

Product Design since 1999
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Chris Lorensson, born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, emerged from a diverse background, the son of a stage actor and cocktail waitress. In the 1990s, amidst the vibrant cultural landscape of Orange County, California, he immersed himself in the study of arts and literature. This formative period ignited a passion for various creative pursuits, including poetry, skating, illustration, and drumming in a punk band.

As the early 2000s unfolded, Chris’s artistic trajectory evolved into the realm of electronic music production, joining a 5-man hip-hop group as their producer, crafting original tracks with drum machines and samplers.

Inspired by design luminaries such as Arnaud Mercier (AREA17) and Adrian Shaughnessy (Intro), Chris began his design career in 2000. His foray into print and branding saw collaborations with industry giants such as Cadillac, K&N, and Sony. The advance of technology steered him towards web and interactive design, delving into the intricacies of complex web apps and later mobile apps, embracing the technical nuances of minimalist digital design.

In the early 2000s, Chris founded the Upptäcka Network, a collective of thinkers and writers. He further expanded his influence by launching the international artist collective M4TH COMMUNITY, featuring acclaimed artists like Marq Spusta and Erik Fountain.

Relocating to Bristol, England, in 2005, Chris founded Lorensson&Co., a private consulting agency catering to esteemed clients such as Coca-Cola, Ebay, BT, the BBC, and the NHS. His commitment to the creative community manifested in initiatives like co-founding the Bristol Festival of Literature. His ventures weren’t confined to the digital realm; he established Upptäcka Press in 2006, disseminating “unorthodox thoughts on Christian spirituality” through various written formats while penning the topical autobiography, “How I Became a Nomadic Worker“.

In 2012, Chris and his family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he continued his design consultancy for prominent names like Hulu, American Cancer Society, Carnegie Mellon University, Nordstrom, Sonos, Pearson, and PNC Bank on the Salesforce platform. His dedication to meaningful work led him to UNICEF USA, where he led the design of the TIME Magazine Best Invention of the Year award-winning “Kid Power” program. This initiative empowered children to convert their physical activity into life-saving packets of therapeutic food for those suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (S.A.M.).

In 2020, he ventured into the startup landscape, co-founding five different startups over two years, primarily in the online publishing space. This entrepreneurial spirit culminated in his role as Design Director at TIGER 21, where he supports and invests in members’ global philanthropic efforts.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Chris dedicates his after-hours to his longstanding musical project, Hygiene, expressing an experimental blend of east coast hiphop with 80’s new-wave music.

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