Meet the Team: 20 Questions with Max Wolff, Graphic Designer
March 19, 2019
Our employees are what truly make Printfly a diverse and unique place to work. We have an extremely talented team of creative individuals who have a passion for what they do and we are proud to showcase them. Max Wolff has been at Printfly for a year and a half, he is an artist and works primarily with halftone orders. His ‘Life & Death’ design placed 3rd in two categories in the 2018 Impressions Awards.
Where are you from?
I grew up in South Jersey, but I went to the University of the Arts, and I live in Philly now.
How did you start working at Printfly?
Right after school I put out a whole bunch of applications, and Printfly was one of the first companies to reach out to me, then I got here and really enjoyed it.
What do you like about working here?
I’ve always been into custom streetwear and fashion. I like being able to work hands-on with that kind of work, and even though it’s not always the case, it’s cool to see when it comes around.
What is your title/what do you do?
I am currently a graphic designer for the Marketing Team. My work consists of assisting with branding design and ad design for the company.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Basically, I do art full-time, I’m a musician and visual artist. So in my spare time, if I’m not out in the city, I’m either doing some sort of pieces for myself, freelance, and I like to write music.
What do you play?
I play the guitar but I’ve been getting into music production, making beats for rap and RnB music.
If you could have another job for a day what would it be?
I would want to be a touring musician. It would be awesome to travel around and play music for people in new places.
If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
This is gonna sound weird but I’d probably say John Cusack, I just like all of his movies and based off the roles he plays, and who he is as a person, I just think it’d be a really great conversation.
People would be surprised if they knew?
Most people don’t know that I sing, and when they hear it they say, “that’s not you.”
Before working here what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a tattoo apprentice, that was fun. I worked at Wawa for four years, but being a tattoo apprentice was definitely more of a creative outlet and more interesting.
Who are your artistic influences?
Because of my Illustration heavy background, my top influences are illustrators. Some examples include:
James Jean, Tomer Hanuka, Dan Mumford, and Yuko Shimizu.
What are three of your life highlights?
Graduating from college, because I’m one of the first people in my family to graduate. Winning that Impressions award was pretty cool. Lastly moving to Philadelphia and starting my career as a graphic designer.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
I’ve thought about this a lot, and I would say teleportation. I hate driving in the city, and I could go anywhere I want without having to wait.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m gonna go with Evil Dead, all three of those movies are so good, I love B-horror.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Everything, but right now it’s a lot of rap, hip-hop, r & b.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Probably Korea, my mom is from Korea, so going there would be awesome, just to see the culture and see where my roots are from.
Do you have any goals for 2019?
I have a lot of projects that I’m working on for 2019, both personal and professional. The sky is the limit and I’m trying to be in Space.
What was it like to win 3rd in the Impressions Awards?
It was really sick honestly. To be honest, after everyone showed their work, I thought I wasn’t gonna place. I previously made that design just for fun, and I submitted it because I thought it’d be a cool t-shirt to produce. But to see that I not only placed but placed twice was awesome.
What is your advice for new employees?
Shoot for the stars. Your first impression is always the most important aspect of starting any job. It’s easy enough to say you can do something, but striving to learn more has taught me that just because I don’t know how to do something doesn’t mean I can’t figure out how to do it.
About the Author
A graduate of the Multimedia program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Imri Merritt is an industry veteran with over 10 years of graphic design and color separations experience in the screen printing industry.