Max Kisman was born in 1953 in Amsterdam. He studied graphic design, illustration and animation at the Academy of Art and Industry in Enschede and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 1986 he co-founded TYP/Typografisch Papier, an alternative magazine on art and typography. He pioneered digital technology for Language Technology/Electric Word magazine and designed the 1986 Red Cross postage stamps for the Dutch Postal Service. In 1996 he received the H. M. Werkman award and the Design Prize of the City of Rotterdam for his work in television graphics and animation. He lived in California from 1997-2006, worked for Wired Television in San Francisco and founded Holland Fonts, a foundry for his typeface designs. He currently lives and work in Amsterdam.