2014 Recap
The Year in Review

2014 was a pretty intense year of reading, learning, designing & writing code. I moved to Kreuzberg and started freelancing full-time as a designer and developer. Suddenly I was my own accountant, project-manager, lawyer, sales-person and support-contact. Learning all those things next to my core business was way more time-consuming than I thought first. Nevertheless, the freedom compensates all these efforts.

I am proud that I could layout and art-direct a whole book, worked on the website of a pretty nice eCommerce start-up and developed websites for one, two talented German actors.

During the year I recognized a strong shift from designing to coding. I improved in front-end matters, WordPress and other systems. Becoming a full-stack developer seems not to be out of sight anymore.

In 2015, I definitely want to push some self-initiated projects forward, experiment a little more and blog about it. I have to remind myself to photograph more the city I live in and the stories not been told yet.

As a freelancer you learn the importance of efficiency. Efficiency comes through focus, knowledge, automation and outsourcing – things I have to work on the next year and are expected to be part of my whole career.

Beside working I enjoyed my new neighborhood which is a perfect mix of the big city trouble and village kind-of peace. After a long time I started playing soccer again and enjoyed the compensation for sitting all day in front of a screen. I enjoyed Venice for a couple of days and was astonished by what humans are able to build.

Music has always accompanied my work, but this year I can not name any special artist or LP which I recognized or listened to the most. I heard a lot of 80s, rap, bass music and everything around the Soulection cosmos, which has always been a very inspirational source.

The movie of 2014 for me was surprisingly a Marvel movie: Guardians of the Galaxy was the most funny and entertaining movie I’ve seen in a long time. I also found joy in watching short movies – mostly on Vimeo: I recommend Wanderers, a visually stunning interstellar clip and another one which I won’t describe as it would contain spoilers. Just watch „The Landing“.

When it comes to reading I found inspiring pieces via Medium. The platform unites ambitious authors and readers in a way that was never done before. The most memorizable stories for me in 2014 were about the loss of a $50.000 Twitter handle and one with the title: „My Dad got on a plane to New York at 7am on September 11, 2001“. Both stories are narrative masterpieces.

In 2015 I expect to work even more as I need to level-up like everybody else. Therefor I have to take on new challenges, optimize my workflow, learn and read a lot, try new things, fail and fail even greater to succeed in the long run. I expect the year to be a though and fast one, but I am looking forward for interesting new projects, new friends, new clients, new music, new stories and new inspiration.

Happy holidays y’all.

— Projects

Along the years I've had the pleasure to work with various agencies and clients on projects of all kind of scales.

Adam Audio, Bar25, Boston Consulting Digital Ventures, Brie Et Ses Amis, Elaboratum, Event030, Feel Festival, Functional Aesthetics, Glispa, Goldener Westen, Haufe / Lexware, Lockbox, Mercedes Benz, MetaDesign, Mondon Design, Ludwig Blochberger, Soundcloud, Spreewerkstätten, Stimmt AG, Wanda Perdelwitz