In December 2005, Dave was grumping about how painful and 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 lovely mothers. Now Carbonmade is home to 950,000 portfolios and an ever-growing team of talented weirdos who love making neat things!