Stuff I've worked on

Card Builder

2015: Front-End Development (for Edenspiekermann)

Together with German newspaper Die Zeit, our team developed an editorial tool for delivering rich, interactive stories for consumption on all kinds of devices: The Card Builder.

The time frame and the interactive nature of the card stacks made this a challenging project. A lot of modern technology was used to ensure the experience was snappy, exciting, and reliable. Technically, the product featured ReactJS, dynamically generated stylesheet and JS bundles per customer, server-side rendering (and includes), responsive images, and lazy loading.

Card Stack example
More of my work at SoundCloud

Working at SoundCloud

2011 - 2014: Web Development + Product Design

In my 3.5 years at SoundCloud I worked mostly on the core web products (+related products) and some internal tools. I later joined the Growth team as both a front-end engineer and product designer, where I created a new version of user onboarding, various email campaigns, and designs for the settings page. Read more…

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SaaS project

2014 - current: Web Development + Product Design

Frustrated by terrible restaurant/cafe websites that don’t have the info that you need, or simply don't work on mobile, I wanted to make something that enables owners to get a great online presence, fast. So for the last few years I’ve been occasionally working on my own product; a service for restaurant/cafe owners to take their business online. A hosted website platform tailored specifically to restaurants and cafes. Read more…

Weka

2016: Web Development + Product Design

I spent the first half of 2016 travelling on the other side of the world, and wanted to have a way of showing friends and family what we were up to. I wanted to make a small service that takes already collected datapoints (e.g. checkins, weather, photos), and creates a rich daily/monthly narrative of it automatically with things like maps. The user can then add to it by adding additional diary entries or photos.

This project was quite challenging, but fun. I did all the necessary backend work, added image uploading + EXIF parsing, wrote extensive unit tests, and made it work partially offline. I'm hoping to do a redesign soon, and add Redux to the front end tech as well.

react-bem-helper

2015-present: JavaScript

The BEM methodology is a great way of structuring your CSS, but it does lead to some repetition while writing out your HTML and CSS. I created a small JavaScript module that takes some of this redundancy away when working with React Components, making the code easier to scan and work with.

Now with the advent of CSS modules, the necessity of BEM and this module is a bit lower, but when CSS modules are not in use, the module is still very useful. This was my first open-source NPM package, and I'm happy to see there's a decent amount of people use it.

react-bem-helper on Github

Red Bull Mywings

2015: Front-End Development (for Edenspiekermann)

Red Bull asked Edenspiekermann to develop a new platform as a home for online campaigns using their iconic cartoons. Its main feature is a infinitely scrolling canvas representing one day in the world of the cartoons.

The website features extensive animation, parallax, and large image sprites, but was still required to function on mobile devices. This required complex logic for lazy-loading, responsiveness, and performance. I was the initial and main developer for a number of months. Additions and changes have been made since I left.

Visit Mywings

FlickrToTumblr

2014-present: Design & Engineering

I was frustrated that there was no way of easily posting my Flickr photos to a Tumblr blog that kept tags intact, so I created a tool which suits this usecase. I wanted to do some cool things with transitions, responsiveness and single-page apps, and this project was perfect for it. Backend was coded in Node.js. It was my first experiment with Reactjs, and I've learned a lot since then, but I still use the tool regularly for my own blog.

Visit FlickrToTumblr

Wallπ

2012-present: Code & Design

At the Music Hack Day in Reykjavik in 2012, I made a tool that visualises the sound from an album by your favourite artist and allows you to put it on your wall. It works by fetching tracks from Last.fm, audio analysis data from The Echonest, and then drawing that data on a canvas. The colour of the artwork is automatically generated from the cover art.

Photography

My favourite hobby is taking pictures, often combined with seeking out interesting things inside and outside of Berlin. I don't necessarily like documenting things, I prefer capturing things from an interesting angle or capturing the mood of the place.

I share some of my photos on my Flickr account, but also post a couple to Tumblr every day.

A selection of photos