What I am currently doing
Like so many others, I'm a very, very proud dad. It's so much fun watching a child grow up, exploring the world and finding wonders in the tiniest things we grownups take for granted.
I built this website about a year ago. Used Vuepress, a custom theme for it. And quite a lot of CSS Grid magic to arrange the content. Inspect it. Check out the repo. Tell me what I could do better on Twitter!
Besides that, I'm spending most of my free time to play with my daughter rather than with technology. Thankfully, I get to explore a lot of technology at work 😊
Things I think about a lot currently:
- How to build themeable components.
- How to best make components available for different projects. Vue + CSS Custom Properties + Web Components sounds like I should explore that.
- How to use what I know and apply it to climate change.
- How to get my daughter to be still for diaper changes. Which frankly is the most complicated thing I think about right now 😅
I work as a UI Engineer at sum.cumo GmbH. Yes. No Senior. We don't do career levels. I get my first gray hairs, though. And do awful dad jokes.
So just consider me being senior anyways.
Buzzwords: Vue, Components, Frontend Architecture, Storybook
What I did earlier
Senior UI Engineer at XING SE
01/2017 – 07/2018
In a fantastic team, I helped build a web design system for more than 40 product teams. We built up a library of over 60 components. It includes contribution guidelines and extensive documentation for the whole design system. I was lucky to work with awesome people like Daniel, Yan, Robin and Matthias.
Buzzwords: React, CSS Modules, Components, Design System, coordination, communication
UI Engineer at Jimdo GmbH
07/2015 - 12/2016
My last position at Jimdo was UI Engineer. A designer from a product team decided to hike across the Alps, so I filled in his position. Four weeks later, we had rolled out a new Corporate Identity into the product. And we decided that I'd stay with the product team from that point on.
I worked on the UI Library that Fabian had kickstarted with an innocent button component. With the code, design and process superpowers of Lasse and Hannes, the library became ever more useful. Later on, it formed the foundation for the rebuilt website administration.
Buzzwords: React, UI Library, 👍 🚀
Template Daddy at Jimdo GmbH
03/2014 - 07/2015
In my former position, I gathered quite some knowledge about how HTML/CSS and templates work at Jimdo. Building up templates for a new system felt pretty natural to me and the leadership team. That system worked in a completely different way compared to the one used back then within the Jimdo CMS.
I build up the team and templates together with Jill, having loads of fun and learning a lot while doing that.
Buzzwords: Team building, LESS, Sass, communication
Partner Geek at Jimdo GmbH
01/2012 - 02/2014
I started at Jimdo working in the Partner Team with the awesome Hendric. I cared about the relationships with affiliate partners and build up the network of Jimdo Experts. They provided special services for Jimdo users. And I provided special support for their HTML/CSS needs 😊
Buzzwords: Project management, coordination, communication, HTML, CSS
Intern, Trainee & Junior Technical Project Manager at achtung! GmbH
06/2010 - 12/2011
From starting as an intern until being a Junior PM for all technical parts of a project, I helped various client teams bring their social media ideas from concept into the browser. On the way, I helped designers and (external) developers to communicate in a better way with each other.
Buzzwords: Social Media, project management, coordination, communication
Communications Science at WWU Münster
10/2005 - 02/2011
I mostly code by now, though originally I studied communication science at the IfK Münster. While I chose the theoretical side of the studies, I gained a lot of practical knowledge at campus relations, a group of students offering public relations work for local businesses in Münster.
Next to that, I worked for primus inter pares, a dedicated team of communication specialists. I did everything from writing press releases to building WordPress websites.
Buzzwords: Epistemology, public relations, WordPress