I appreciate getting feedback on text or code a lot, but always struggle with finding the right tool which makes it VERY easy to collaborate on even private stuff. That's why I've developed the idea of Textparty.app: I've created logo, design, product video and landing page. (As always, my friend Thomas Darscheid totally rocked with the voice over...🤘🏻)
I worked on this tiny project in my spare time (< 1 week) – and I really loved designing following my personal taste. During the project I've tried to improve my Figma-Keynote-workflow as best as possible – maybe I'll create an online course, soon: "Bootstrapping your software product video with Figma and Keynote". 👨🏻🏫
I had developed an Alfred-workflow with shortcuts to create a default project folder and to manually switch to it in "Save"-dialogs. From this basis I developed the idea of an independent app to set a global default folder for every app. I've created logo, design, product video and landing page. (Again, my friend Thomas Darscheid did a fantastic job as a speaker! 🙏🏻)
I really loved to work on this little project in my spare time, especially in such a short amount of time (< 1 week). It was a great challenge to condensate all of my ideas and I especially liked bringing in lots of my personality (e. g. lots of more or less hidden musical references 🔍).
teech - Web app
teech is a video conferencing software for schools and offers e. g. a whiteboard and an extensive administration. I was responsible for usability concepts, design system, component and feature development as well as refactoring for better scalability.
It was great to get insights into a young, but growing startup. There were a lot of very different things I could work on and especially liked to deep dive into TALL-stack and Vue.
uni-freiburg.de - Relaunch
Since I was the only person on the team working full-time on this project, I was responsible for plugin and API development in addition to the design and theme.
It was quite a challenge to combine the strict corporate design, usability best practices and the branching structure of the university. Needless to say, this was the project where I learned the most from a usability and technical perspective.
Web-to-print for the University of Freiburg
This web-based application enables university employees to create print products on the intranet. The print-ready files are generated from HTML, CSS and JS.
The creation of the print products should be as flexible as possible on the one hand and user-friendly at the same time. It was quite fun to map the required dynamics using PHP, SCSS and JS. (The only drawback is the current lack of CMYK in CSS.)
oeko-logics.de - Website for exhibitions and events
The website presents exhibitions and events. It was important to link the individual elements (people, places, events and exhibitions) dynamically and programmatically in order to minimize the administrative work.
It wasn't a big project, yet from a technical perspective I particularly liked the dynamic linking of the various content elements. At the same time, it was fun to maintain the visual aesthetics of the project while contributing my experience in terms of usability.
App prototype for elderly people
Together with Conny Wegner I developed the usability concept. The basis for this was extensive research into the use of digital products by senior citizens.
It was exciting to design an app that puts and must put usability first and foremost. Furthermore, it was a great challenge to deal with increased data protection measures, which were already considered in the prototype.
As part of the #WirFürSchule hackathon, I became the team lead of a very heterogeneous group that focused on accessibility in digital education. Besides the technical foundation of the website, I also created the project film. (Thanks Thomas Darscheid, for recording the voice over for this on such short notice.)
It was fascinating that we managed to grow together as a team so quickly and to create such a concrete outcome. As a project manager, I was particularly pleased with the feedback from a team colleague: "Thank you for your structured, empathetic team leadership!"
Waterjet Production Academy
For the Waterjet Production Academy I created the websites, webshop, flyers, films, business cards, banners and also the logo.
As a freelancer I accompanied the company from the very beginning and was therefore able to learn a lot about what it means to start a company from scratch and to create scalable structures. In addition, it was very exciting for me to gain an insight into an industrial context that I had not had before.
Webshop Chrüter Drogerie Egger
Together with Conny Wegner and Alexander Hochmuth I developed the webshop of Chrüter Drogerie Egger including the preparation of 1500+ products and the whole content area.
From a developer's perspective, there were several interesting challenges:
The discount system was so complex that only a dedicated plugin could adequately map the system.
We developed scripts that automatically collected and translated images and information of the products from manufacturer sites.
Finally, we also built an interface to the existing inventory management system to obtain prices automatically.
Once again, I learned a lot about webshops in general, but also the specifics of WooCommerce.
Recording a concert in 360°
My friend Thomas Darscheid and I had the task of recording a concert of Ensemble Recherche in which the musicians change their position in the room throughout the performance. To virtually recreate the audience's experience, we decided to create a 360° movie with Spatial Audio.
Being my first (and only) 360° project, I learned a lot along the way and really like the result on YouTube, especially with a smartphone, headphones and a swivel chair. 😉
Die Haiducken: "Di Nakht Iz Do Tsum Tanzn" (LP)
A large-scale musical project with almost 100 musicians aged 5-95, which I initiated for the first time in 2015 and implemented again in 2018 together with Vanessa Schick and others. You can check out our website generationenkonzert.de
The projects and the concerts were an absolute success from a musical and human perspective. At the same time, the development of the project from scratch, the writing of all the scores, the coordination and the high level of responsibility was a great challenge that I could only manage thanks to my part-time work and a terrific and entusiastic team.
Master thesis: "Development and evaluation of a software prototype for the creation of analog and digital worksheets"
For my M. A. "Media in Education" I've developed and evaluated a usable high fidelity software prototype around the concept of "hybrid worksheets for school". A summarizing screen record is available on YouTube.
I loved diving so deep into the topic and looking for concepts that fit the use case. In the process, I fell in love with Google's Material Design and with user research itself, both of which completely reshaped my understanding of usability. (And by the way: I still think this is the way, we should create worksheets. 😉)
E-learning app for film language and German language
During my teaching studies, I developed high fidelity software prototypes that were supposed to show different possibilities of digital learning with tablets. The prototypes for film language and German language are both available on YouTube.
Throughout my studies, I always tried to incorporate as much creativity, technicality, personal interests, and hands-on work as possible. In these works, I learned a lot about didactic typography, the challenges of app design, and how to make the most of Keynote. (Oh if Figma had existed back then...).