About me

I’m an illustrator and multidisciplinary designer based in Greater Boston. I graduated from MICA with a BFA in Illustration in 2008, and have spent the last decade in Boston’s technology and design industry.

I'm the creator and host of How to Draw a Startup, a podcast miniseries about the evolving role of illustration in tech. Featuring illustrators, creative leaders, and art educators from across the industry, the show explores why illustration is used, how illustrated brands are crafted, and where illustrators fit in creative teams.

Since 2016, I’ve worked as a Senior Product Designer at Circle, makers of Circle Pay, Circle Invest, and more. I am responsible for illustration at the company, including the creation of custom icons, office graphics, and spot illustrations for product and marketing.

Through my work at CloudKid and Fresh Tilled Soil, my clients have included PBS, Scholastic, Rethink Robotics, Massport (Boston Logan International Airport), Intel, and Titleist. I was the co-host of The Dirt for three years, producing 150+ episodes and interviewing some of the industry’s most influential figures. I mentored two awesome designers through Fresh Tilled Soil's apprenticeship program.

From 2009–2015, I managed To Boldly Fold, a bookbindery and paper goods studio led by my wife, Melissa Chao. Before closing shop in 2015, we sold thousands of our handmade products online, at craft shows, and through dozens of amazing retailers across the United States, Canada, and Japan.

From 2014–2017, I co-organized Refresh Boston, a free meetup for the design, development, and startup community.

Get in touch

You can email me at hello@markgrambau.com, or reach out on twitter.