Max is a German multi-disciplinary maker of useful, curious and beautiful things. Born in Germany and raised in Austria, he now lives and works in New York City.
Max’s journey is a little different than most. He started his career by dropping out of high school at 15 with grand plans of becoming a software engineer. After realizing he, quite frankly, sucked at it, Max began teaching himself design at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years and he is now a designer, founder, speaker, mentor and maker.
Max is the co-founder of Semplice™, a portfolio system and community of the world’s leading designers who represent brands such as HUGE, BBDO, Tumblr, Disney, Apple, Firstborn, Unit9, R/GA, Razorfish and many more. Since its launch in 2014, Semplice has attracted the upper echelon of creative talent, resulting in a Showcase mined by top companies, admired by creative peers and referenced by aspiring young talent.
He is also the co-CEO of Carbonmade, which has helped more than 2 million people launch their personalized online portfolio. Creative types of all kinds – photographers, makeup artists, concept artists, designers, illustrators and more – use Carbonmade to build beautiful websites in the easiest, fastest way possible.
Most recently, Max co-founded mymind.com, a privacy-first tool using artificial intelligence to help you save and find everything you want to remember. The mymind community exploded while still in beta, and has continued to grow exponentially since its official launch.
Tobias writes about design and productivity in his newsletter and on DESK, an online magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of designers and creators each month. Since 2016, DESK has been a trusted resource for those looking to challenge their thinking and find new perspectives on design and creativity.