In December 2005, Dave was grumping about how painful and/or expensive it was to put his illustration work online. His code wizard cohort Jason wondered, How hard could it be to make an online portfolio site ourselves? Flush with the thrill of an experiment, they put their noggins together over Christmas week and feverishly whipped up the very first iteration of the site you’re on now. Whoo!
Even though Carbonmade was originally meant as a tool to make life easier for Dave and fellow designer pals, its popularity grew by leaps and bounds. Rather than keep it to themselves, they opened it up for everyone and their mothers to love. (Talented ladies. The lot of ‘em.)
In 2007, things were trucking along well enough for the boys to drop all remaining client work and put their brainstuffs behind Carbonmade full time. Not a bad idea because it’s now home to over 500,000 nifty portfolios and an ever-growing team of talented doofuses who love making neat things.