In my childhood my mum created websites for businesses and friends as a hobby. Everything she needed was the legendary Microsoft FrontPage and a Corel Draw Clipart book. I believe this inspired me to become what I am today – a designer who also codes. I am the personification of a WYSIWYG editor.
I am creating digital products since 2007. It all started as a hobby, but back then I could not imagine that this could be my actual job. I tried some jobs in internships and then started working full-time as a web developer. Currently I am working as a Senior User Interface Designer.
I was born in Germany and I still live there. But the family of my mother’s side is from Portugal, where I have been lots of times, especially in my childhood. I love the landscapes, the food, and the mentality of the people. The third country I have a relation to is Spain. To be more precise it is the island Ibiza, where I was made.
This is just an example of the beauty of Portugal. I took this picture on a trip in 2019, when I visited my Portuguese grandma.
One of my hobbies is photography. I have so much fun taking pictures, but I do not take it so seriously. It is really just a hobby. I upload quick shots taken with my smartphone on Instagram. And as I often use images from Unsplash when designing, I decided to also contribute to Unsplash, by uploading my own pictures taken with a digital compact camera.
I took this picture of a screen, when my graphics card had a glitch. Errors can be wonderful art.
Music is an important part of my life. Especially when I am designing or coding, I always listen to techno music. Or when I am cleaning or on the commute. Also right now, while typing this text. In the past I have been DJ'ing in front of hundreds of people, remixing music, and ghost producing as a hobby. If you want, you can listen to my favorite DJ sets on my always up-to-date Playlist on YouTube.
One of my biggest hobbies is gaming. Preferably online games because I like the social part and the competition. I am playing World of Warcraft since the closed beta in Europe and am still playing it today, besides Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. In general Blizzard is my favorite company when it comes to games. I love the universes they created, as well as the love and detail they put in their websites. That is where everything comes together, it seems.