During the 80s, my father carried shitloads of even back then antiquated computer hardware into our basement. I spent a full summer holiday sitting next to him, welding arm-thick cable harnesses until a huge Siemens-Nixdorf 9-needle printer could be convinced to accept print jobs from our Amstrad CPC6128, 4 MhZ, green-screen PC.
When i was 7 years old, I had evolved into writing my first computer program called “Tell me your license plate number and i tell you where you live”. I still remember my horrified grandmother when i showed her what our computer knew about her.
, i bought my first 14.440 Baud modem to speed up my journeys through the mid-90s.
After being constricted by FidoNet, BTX and Datex-J, AOL started offering its services in Germany. I henceforth spent my nights by hacking in AOL customers accounts to surf on their dime.
Convinced through an internship in a digital print production company, a couple of years later i started studying Communication Design at a private university.
One of these days, the university system administrator quit his job and i somehow was appointed as his successor. From there on out, i studied design during the day and fumbled around with UNIX commands on university servers during the night.
To earn some money, i started working at 'Der Spiegel'. When their managers recognised that i knew much more about 'online' than they did, i was offered a full-time position, which i accepted. Two years and two promotions later, the project i was leading became the twelfth most visited website in Germany.
Two platform relaunches later i was 24 years old and bored out of my mind. I quit my job and retained my studies to finish my university degree after all.
My final project at university was an internet based system enabling all students to digitally enlist for classes and professors to digitally grade their students. I received a first level degree and my system became a standard for the university that was still used ten years after my graduation.
After living and studying in yet another university in the UK, i returned to Germany. Working exclusively as a designer was unthinkable for me. After a boring excursion into Account Management i received an offer from BBDO/Interone to work for them as a Concept Developer.
Throughout the years I was promoted several times until i was awarded the role of Creative Director. For a brief time took creative lead of a full branch of the company. Another time I was sent to Munich for a year to work with BMW, leading their worldwide website relaunch as an onsite Creative Director.
At some point i decided that I spent too much time in airplanes and hotel rooms and quit.
I became a freelance Concept Developer and Information Architect. After working a couple of years as a freelancer for different creative agencies in Germany, I received a call for help from friends working in China.
Over the course of the following three years i spent more than a year in Beijing and Shanghai, working on APAC brands while traveling all over Asia on a business account.
Yet after the excitement of constantly being lost in translation was replaced by a sense that the level of air pollution is actually unhealthy, I eventually decided to turn a leaf again.
Less than a year after my return to Germany i managed to gather an incredible team for the development of Skjlls.com.
I like cars in general and i like driving them. I am a long-term fan of Volvo cars and until recently used to drive a beautiful 2.3 litre engine Volvo 245 from the 80s. The next one is planned to be either a P1800 or a XC60.
I love good coffee up to the point of caffeine overdose that doesn't let me sleep at nights. I am helpless when it comes to eating or drinking the foam of a cappuccino and thus usually opt for a flat white.
According to the (somewhat mind-bogglingly accurate) personality test of 16personalities, i have an INTJ personality, that is being formed by only 2% of the population. I am somewhat flattered.
I am fascinated by Japanese culture, design, language, architecture, food and it's countryside. Two trips to Japan probably gave me my fair share of radiation - but i will visit Japan again if i can.
I hate throwing stuff away. Especially when it comes to electronics. So I fix them. Sometimes i take still working gadgets apart, just to figure out what they are capable of. Usually i have to fix those as well afterwards.
I spend a a fair amount of money on unprocessed, preferably locally produced, organic food. Being out of options, i nearly became a vegetarian. I just can't get rid of my craving for a sausage once in a while.
From personal expenses by type, energy consumed, miles driven per gallon, gigabytes used per month to time spent on airplanes, i am interested in any kind of statistic with a connection to real life.
I used to have a garden. But since i moved to my current apartment, my endeavours are restricted to two balconies. Nevertheless i grow as many vegetables on them as I can - and of course eat them.
As much as i like Japan, i like Norway. Its clean, friendly and a happy place - and simply one of the most beautiful places on earth. Slartibartfast well deserved the prize for designing its coastline.
Its a bit of a cliché. Nevertheless i only wear stripy socks. I simply like them to be colourful - yet only if they have stripes. The best made ever are from Paul Smith. Unfortunately they changed their style recently so i have to hunt them down on eBay.