Projects

I’m a Frontend Developer by profession. But I worked in previous jobs in Design, Editing, and 3D Animation. I even created Flash Animations and Multimedia CD-ROMs when this was a thing.

I like the concept of the Renaissance Man and try out as many different professions as possible.

These are projects I created over the last few years.

Writing

Journal & Blog

I have been writing essays on this website since 2007. The topics include programming, design, self-improvement, philosophy, productivity, books, and films. The collection has been much bigger, but I deleted outdated and irrelevant essays.

Read Journal

Sketchnotes
Illustration / Writing

Sketchnotes

One of my passions is Sketchnotes or also called Visual Notetaking. In Sketchnoting you use visual language to quickly visualize ideas, notes, or thoughts. I create Sketchnotes since I first visited a workshop in 2015.

See Sketchnotes

Poetry / Writing

Haiku

I started writing Haiku poetry some years ago inspired by the works of the Japanese Haiku poet Matsuo Bashō. I think Haiku is a fun, creative way to use limitation and brevity while saying something meaningful.

Read Haiku

XING Design System
Web Design / Web Development / Writing

XING Design System

As a Senior Web Developer on the Design System Team, I created, maintained, and documented the components of the XING Design System. I supported teams implementing our components across the platform.

See XING Design System Components

XING Onboarding Illustration
Illustration / Icon Design

XING Onboarding Illustration

I was asked to create three new illustrations that could be used for an Onboarding screen on XING. I accepted the challenge to take over this task outside of my job description and finished the whole process from concept to scribbles, to final illustrations in a day.

See XING Onboarding Illustrations

The Traditional Colors of Japan
Design / Web Development

The Traditional Colors of Japan

In 2007 I stumbled upon a Japanese book about the traditional colors of Japan by Nobyoshi Hamada. He listed all 250 colors with their color value in the appendix. I took some time to create an ASE file to be used with all common design software.

With this version of the website I finally dedicate an extra section to the colors, listing them all with their name and color values.

See Traditional Colors of Japan

Bamboo Illustration
Illustration

Bamboo Illustration

I created the bamboo illustration in 2006 for my Martial Arts website using Adobe Illustrator and the gradient grid tool.

2015 I decided to use my bamboo as SVG on my website. Unfortunately, the gradient tool is not supported in SVG and I needed to recreate my bamboo with linear, radial, and other supported gradients in Affinity Designer.

Ninjutsu Book 木隠
Web Design / Web Development / Writing

Ninjutsu Book 木隠

My Ninjutsu Book 木隠 was first launched in 1999 and is my oldest and most visited website. The current design is the 9th iteration. In 2022 I translated it to English to make it accessible to a larger readership.

See Showcase of Version 9

Book & Book Cover
Writing / Graphic Design

Book & Book Cover

I wrote this book in 2017 out of the essays I’ve written on my Martial Arts website in the last 20 years. It’s a book in German about the Ninja and their secret art of Ninjutsu.

I also designed the book cover for my book. The book was written with GitBook and can be read or downloaded for free as PDF, ePub, or Mobi eBook.

Read the Book

Personal Website & Blog
Web Design / Web Development

Personal Website & Blog

My website and blog first launched in 2006 and is the website you’re looking at. The current design is the 4th iteration.

See Showcase of Version 4

Koi Illustration
Illustration / Painting

Koi Illustration

I created this illustration for a previous version of my website in 2007 with a pencil on paper and then brought it into Adobe Photoshop, where all coloring was done.

See the “Making-of”

Exploring Hamburg
Web Design / Web Development / Photography

Exploring Hamburg

I created this Photography Blog for one of my hobbies: I explore the city of Hamburg, mostly walking, and sometimes biking to find out more about the individual districts and to shoot photos. The current design is the 2nd iteration.

See Showcase of Version 2

Osteopathie-Institut Hamburg
Web Design / Web Development

Osteopathie-Institut Hamburg

I created this website for the Osteopathie-Institut Hamburg in 2010 as one of my last websites before I started working as a Frontend Engineer for XING.

See Showcase of Osteopathie-Institut Hamburg

Thai Restaurants Hamburg
Graphic Design / Web Design / Web Development

Thai Restaurants Hamburg

I created this small website for three Thai restaurants in Hamburg in 2010. It was online for nearly ten years and I had a lot of fun creating it.

See Showcase of Thai Restaurants Hamburg

Ingo: Iga Ninja Cipher Font
Type Design / Graphic Design

Ingo: Iga Ninja Cipher Font

The Iga Ninja Cipher Font was created by me of an image provided by the Iga Ninja Museum in Japan and is said to be a font for correspondence in cipher. It was a fun personal project to learn how to create a typeface.

Download Font on GitHub