I build design-driven technology companies.

Christian San Jose

A 29-year old Manileño, Designer, Illustrator, Technologist, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Dog-walker.

Having a background deeply rooted in design, Christian San Jose has firmly established himself as a trailblazer in creative leadership and tech entrepreneurship. 

He is currently the Co-founder and Managing Director at Make, a UX and technology subsidiary of Ace Saatchi & Saatchi. He leads a user experience team composed of designers, researchers, product managers, and full-stack engineers, while leveraging and deeply integrating with the 130-people operation at Ace Saatchi & Saatchi. They handle UX research and strategy, interactive design, development and technology-focused initiatives for clients such as Cebu Pacific, Carrier, Vimeo, Livestream, Smart, Sun Cellular, and SM Development Corporation.

He previously served as the Head of Digital at MullenLowe Group Philippines, and Head of User Experience and Design at Jump Digital Asia, working on local and international end-to-end digital campaigns for clients such as Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Nike Foundation, 7-Eleven, NutriAsia, Asia Brewery, Japan Tobacco, Solaire Resort and Casino, and Metro Pacific Investments.

At 21, he bootstrapped his first digital startup,, and worked on the official branding, website design, and development for some of the biggest clients in the world, including Usher, Kanye West, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, James Harden, Dwyane Wade, and Big Sean, among others. Five years after its inception, Create was successfully fully acquired by Jump Digital Asia.

In the past, he has been an award-winning illustrator, getting the top prize in the Design By Humans $10,000 competition at the age of 19. A year later, his commissioned artwork titled "Rise Together" was included in every commercially released copy of Adobe CS5. His art and merchandise designs have been featured in CNN, CBS, MTV, Computer Arts Magazine, and Nickelodeon.


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Past Speaking Engagements


UST-CBA Annual Marketing Conference Speaker

Freelancer Forum Philippines 2016 Speaker

DLSU 5th Annual Advertising Conference Speaker

DLSU 2nd Annual Communications Conference Speaker

Canva Manila Creative Talks 2015 Speaker

Creative Media Arts Festival 2015 Speaker

Canva Creatives Conference 2014 Speaker

Creative Media Arts Festival 2012 Speaker

Graphika Manila 2012 Speaker


What some friends had to say

“From the land of jeepneys, balut, and adobo comes some of the coolest designs and illustrations. Who would have thought?”
— Guy Kawasaki, Former Chief Evangelist of Apple Inc., author of The Art of the Start 2.0
“One man creative powerhouse. Well-versed in technology & feasibility, it’s been a pleasure to mentor Christian. Looking forward to great things from him.”
— Harsh Sisodia, Former Global Digital Director, Nike & Jordan Brand
“Wow, your illustrations are crazy!”
— Simone Legno, Tokidoki, Crazy illustrator