logo Max Senden

I'm a graphic designer, writer and creative problemsolver who loves to work on a multidisciplinary level. Together with several teams of amazing people I aim to inspire, critique, create transparency and facilitate policy changes that have a systemic impact. I don't work for clients, I work with people.

Next to the super serious stuff I have my own art practice in which I focus on reinterpretating systems and concepts. I love to explore the effects of adding, removing, combining, connecting and/or corrupting all forms of information. Flirting with geometry, abstract art and surrealism is my one of favourite ways to pass the time.

I'm a firm believer that failure should be embraced as a vital part of the creative process.

© 2010-ongoing



Graphic Design

2012 - Present: Founder & Designer, Studio Max Senden
2014 - 2016: Associate & Designer, Except Integrated Sustainability
2015 - 2016: Board member, the Rotterdam Collective
2015 - 2016: Teacher Webdesign, TU Delft
2011 - 2013: Graphic Designer, PrintRoom
2012: Assistant Graphic Design, Studio Simon Davies
2009: Intern Webdesign, Fabrique [brands, design & interaction]
2007 - 2008: Director student-initiated design studio WEER



Education

2017: Graduated Master Graphic Design with honours. AKV|St.Joost, Breda
2005 - 2009: Graduated Bachelor Graphic Design with extra honours. ABK, Maastricht
2005: Completed the introduction course in Arts. Kumulus, Maastricht
2000 - 2005: Graduated HAVO Economie en Maatschappij. Porta Mosana, Maastricht



Certificates

2017: Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking. The University of Queensland, Australia
2016: Introduction to Permaculture. Leo Bax, Eindhoven
2008: Cambridge exam for young entrepreneurs. University of Cambrige, UK



Courses

2016 - 2017: Ceramics (monumental) by Arja Hoogstad. SKVR, Rotterdam
2015: Permaculture – Theory and application by Leo Bax
2015: Spanish – level A1.3. El Abanico, Rotterdam
2014: 3-month long online course in HTML, CSS and Javascript by teamtreehouse.com



Workshops / (Co-)Facilitator

2016: ‘Refugee hackathon’ with Except Integrated Sustainability
2015: 'GridNight: Cities Go Wild' with Hilko van Idsigna and Anniek van Mierlo
2015: 'IUCN: Leaders for Nature'
2014: 'My Santiago' with Anca Mateescu. Santiago (Chile)
2013: 'Risopiso' with Wilco Lamberts and Peter Vianen. Grafisch Atelier Minnigh
2013: 'Risotating Leafs' with PrintRoom. Royal Academy of Art
2012: 'Various Fires in Publishing' with PrintRoom. Witte de With
2012: 'Sweatshop Risography'. PrintRoom
2012: 'Alternative Mapping: Emptiness'. Piet Zwart Institute
2012: 'Citylife 'My Maastricht'. ABKM



Workshops / Participant

2016: ‘Pioneer Park’ – Future development Schiphol-Oost. Except & SRE
2015: 'Think outside the cubicle', hackathon by IKEA
2015: 'Symbiosis in Development' by Except Integrated Sustainability
2014: 'Disaster App' by My Visual Brief. Universidad Católica, Santiago
2013: 'Comic Science' by James Nash. Mediamatic
2013: 'The Reposition Matrix' by Dave Young. V2
2012: 'Tabletto workshop'. Open Set
2012: 'Sweatshop Bookbinding' by Cristina Torres
2011: 'Poster Design workshop'. Pratt Institute, USA
2010: 'Life is Beautiful' by Mieczyslaw Wasilewski
2010: 'Social Manifesto' by Diana Krabbendam
2010: 'OFlab' by Zach Lieberman and Todd Vanderlin
2010: 'City of Tolerance' by Maarten Verweij & Steffen Maas. Lisbon
2010: 'Creative writing' by Karel Witteveen
2010: '2-day workshop Social Design' by The Beach



Exhibitions

2016: 'Get Lost'. Graphic Design Festival Scotland
2014: 'Get Lost', Reflect - open call. Graphic Design Festival Breda
2013: 'Bathroom Bitches', The Flip Collection III. PrintRoom
2011: 'Graduationshow MA Graphic Design'. CBK
2010: 'Urban Interventions'. Roodkapje
2009: 'Graduationshow BA Graphic Design'. Timmerfabriek
2009: Presentation of projects made by studio WEER. Marres



Software

Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, After Effects, Premiere, Sketch 3.0



Languages

Dutch (native), English (fluent), German (semi-fluent), Spanish (basics), Chinese (beginner)



Other skills

Creative problemsolving, concept development, editorial design, writing, proofreading, critical thinking, analysing & evaluating (creative) processes, business development, teaching, wireframing, illustration, UI/UX design, Project management, HTML & CSS



Selection of clients and creative partners

Inter IKEA Systems
Schiphol Real Estate
Polydome Arkna
Except Integrated Sustainability
Open Set
World Wildlife Fund
Arcadis
Municipality of Almere
Municipality of Rotterdam
Municipality of De Marne
Province of Zuid-Holland
Waterschap Zuiderzeeland
NOSOYO
Ahold
Caase.com
Delft University of Technology
International Union for Conservation of Nature
UNESCO World Heritage
Royal Academy of Art
D-reizen
Weeronline





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