2020 Recap
My year in review

Article Published: January 3, 2021 Updated: January 11, 2021

What a year. I mean, WHAT A YEAR! It started relatively normal by concluding a project with Goldener Westen to refresh Factory Berlin’s website; Made a trip to Görlitz to visit parts of our family; Attended a lovely concert among thousands of fellow people in Berlin.

Then, things happened quickly: My girl found out that she was pregnant and that we were awaiting a baby by the end of the year. Also, Wuhan became news. A virus was circulating, and we saw the footage of a whole city in lockdown. However, we never thought that it would take the world so quickly, but something out of a sci-fi movie just got real: We witnessed the start of a pandemic.

Local businesses and schools had to close, events got canceled, companies needed to let their employees work from home or put them on hold, and the government told us to avoid as many social interactions as possible. When we went outside, we started wearing masks and washed our hands more often. We stopped shaking hands and hugging others. We stopped seeing family members and friends – at least indoors.

As I already worked from home, my setup hadn’t changed that much. However, a big contract got canceled, and I bridged the time with a side project. I thought it could be valuable to put some of my UI design knowledge into a starter kit that eventually helps other designers. Hence, Bica for Figma went from idea to product.

During summer, things got more relaxed, and Covid-19 almost vanished in Germany. We found the time to prepare our apartment for our baby girl, and I started collaborating with ImmoScout24 on some projects.

Then, the second wave hit, we went back into lockdown, and numbers went up even higher than during the first wave. Yet, optimism was rising during the last months of the year: Despite the odds, the stock market didn’t crash, Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump, and scientists found multiple vaccines in record time.

Ultimately, a lifetime moment for us happened. We welcomed our adorable healthy daughter Charlotte on November 23rd.

What a year.

Favorite shows, movies & games

  • Apex Legends
  • Parasite
  • Raised by Wolves
  • Soul
  • Ted Lasso
  • Tenet
  • The Boys S1/S2
  • The Expanse S5
  • The Last of Us 2
  • The Mandalorian S1/S2
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • Westworld S3

Favorite Music

  • Listen to my Spotify 2020 playlist here