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The Pursuit of Minimalism

Minimalism has come a long way. It recently got again a lot of traction with it’s highest search volume on Google ever recorded in January 2017. Because Minimalism is very hard to define, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation and its meaning shifted recently more from being a philosophy to being a lifestyle. There’s a grain of truth in every joke, and JP Sears video has a point.

Designer & Developer

I work as Front-End Engineer at XING and contributed to a variety of products like Jobs, Mobile, Groups, Profile and SEO.

I am co-creator of the idea for XING Projects, a job platform for freelancer. I worked on this Innovation Project from the beginning and helped bringing it to the XING Beta program.

I won the XING awards Best Smart Tools & Services at the Prototyping Days 2013 and Matterhorn Award – Growth at Prototyping Days 2015. Furthermore the SEMY AwardDeutscher Suchmarketingpreis 2015.

Code

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PostCSS
  • SCSS
  • Sass
  • Compass
  • Performance
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Critical Render Path
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Browserify
  • CommonJS
  • Ajax
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Ruby
  • Gulp.js

Design

  • Affinity Designer
  • Affinity Photo
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Graphic Design
  • Usability
  • Information Architecture
  • User Interface
  • Graphic Design

Agile Methods

  • Scrum
  • Kanban

Misc

  • Git
  • Vim
  • Zsh
  • Bash
  • tmux
  • Jekyll
  • Hugo
  • Apache
  • SEO

Martial Artist

I love martial arts, especially the Japanese. I practised Shotokan Karate for seven years and then began training Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.

In Bujinkan we train nine different schools: six Samurai and three Ninja schools, the oldest of these school is nearly 1399 years old and the traditions where given from master to scholar for generations.

These martial arts aren’t sports, but highly efficient fighting systems, proven on the battlefields of ancient Japan.

I run a website on this topic for more than 18 years. I collected knowledge about the history, arts, tools, weapons, philosophy and life of the Ninja.

Bujinkan Schools

  • Togakure Ryû Ninpô Taijutsu
  • Gyokko Ryû Kosshi Jutsu
  • Kuki Shinden Happô Bikenjutsu
  • Koto Ryû Koppô Jutsu
  • Shinden Fudo Ryû Dakentai Jutsu
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryû Jûtai Jutsu
  • Gikan Ryû Koppô Jutsu
  • Gyokushin Ryû Ninpô
  • Kumogakure Ryû Ninpô

Introvert

I am an Introvert (Meyer-Briggs personality type: INTJ – The Architect). Introverts think differently, our brain processes information in a different way than Extraverts, who get energy by social interaction with other people. Introverts loose their energy and need time to refill.

のうあるたかつめかくす。

The wise hawk hides its talons.

Bookworm

I love books, to be precise I love paper books. I can not imagine a living room without shelves of books.

Most likly I inherited this passion from my grandfather, who owned over 4000 books. My books count roughly a 1000. I buy books ahead and my desks are always stuffed with unread books. I like classics, books about philosophy, martial arts, art & desgin, architecture, typography and novels.

Work-related books I read mostly digital, because they get old too fast and don’t look nice in most cases.