Chris Barnes

Design strategist in Washington

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Designer, visual/systems thinker, writer, artist, cellist, guitarist, husband, and dad — and founder of Emphatic Communications, a design strategy firm for health care and the life sciences.

I am on a mission to help make ideas and products easier to understand and use.

I believe in the power of design thinking and collaborative making to radically improve the value, quality, and usability of content and experiences.

My focus has been healthcare and life sciences for over 23 years, and I'm thrilled to finally see momentum building for real design-driven change.