Max Burnside, Designer in Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Max Burnside

Verified Expert  in Design


Los Angeles, CA, United States
Toptal Member Since
October 5, 2016

Max has worked with clients such as Nike, Facebook, John Frieda, and Most recently, he led design at AdHawk from 20 people growing to over 100 employees, through multiple acquisitions of companies, completely redesigning its iOS app as well as creating the brand and UI design for its latest product,


Work Experience

UX/UI Designer and Front-end Web Developer

2013 - PRESENT
Burnside Agency
  • Designed UI and icons, created illustrations, and made branding materials for clients including Nike, Facebook, Luxottica, Paribas BNP, and Demand Media.
  • Designed, developed, and ran an online design tutorial platform that provided design videos, resources, and articles to freelance designers.
Technologies: Figma, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Lead UI/UX Designer

2017 - 2019
AdHawk, Inc.
  • Created the logo, wordmark, illustrations, color palette, and style guide.
  • Redesigned the entire AdHawk iOS app.
Technologies: Abstracts, Zeplin, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator

Lead UX/UI Designer and Front-end Web Developer

2015 - 2016
  • Designed and developed the front-end of a web application that allowed clients to see the legal team’s billing activity in real-time.
  • Redesigned and developed the marketing site to simplify the user signup process and improved the user experience with optimized image assets, SVG animations, and minified site resources.
Technologies: CSS, Haml, Animatron, Adobe Illustrator

Interaction Designer

2014 - 2015
  • Rebranded the company, creating a custom icon font, a suite of vector illustrations, product branding, infographics, one-pagers, and press materials.
  • Designed and developed a marketing site to convert users to customers.
  • Designed mobile applications for Shakira, Nas, and John Frieda.
Technologies: Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
2010 - 2013

Bachelor's Degree in Professional Writing

Miami University - Ohio


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, MAMP, Cyberduck, Animatron, Sublime Text, Figma, Zeplin, Sketch




MacOS, Android, iOS


Web Design, Wireframing, Icon Design, Illustration, Adobe Acrobat Pro, UI Design, UX Design, Web UI, Web UI Design, Front-end, Sass, Animation, Video Editing, Branding, Logo Design, Abstracts, User Interface (UI), Web Development, Visual Design, Brand Design, Videos, Writing & Editing, Typography, FileZilla

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