Alexa Steinbrück

Freelance Frontend Developer & Creative Technologist based in Leipzig, Germany

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Development of web applications, user interfaces and data visualisations

👋 Hi! I'm Alexa. I develop web applications, websites and mobile apps with a focus on user interfaces and data visualisations since more than 5 years. I specialize in Javascript, React.js & React Native and D3.js.

I enjoy talking with people of different backgrounds and disciplines, listen closely to their use cases and translate this into technical specifications and made-to-measure implementations. I enjoy rapid prototyping and (user) research as much as well-organized code and rigorous testing.

I'm experienced in working in highly international teams, on-site and remotely across different time-zones.

I speak Deutsch, English, Français and Nederlands!

🇺🇳 In the past I worked quite a bit with the United Nations in New York. Some projects are listed in the work section below. I wrote a full case study about the biggest project, you can read it here. I've also worked with German online newspaper Zeit Online on a datajournalism and datavisualisation project which won a Information is Beautiful Award in 2018.

🎨 In my former life before becoming a full-time developer, I built interactive installations using Processing & Arduino that make the internet accessible by foot, and illustrated the "juicy vocabulary of computer science" in a website named "Salted Hash".

🎓 I have a degree in Artifical Intelligence from Universiteit van Amsterdam, where I wrote a thesis about Computational Creativity - this is the research field that tries to formalise processes of creativity and how to make computers creative.

Let's work together!

🏓You are a designer/artist/developer/journalist/other and you have an idea for a collaboration - Let's talk

🚀 You are a company/startup and you're looking for a freelancer to develop your website or web application - Let's talk

You are a design agency and you're looking for a web developer with a sense for visual finesse - Let's talk

📈You have gathered data and you need to visualize this data on a website - Let's talk

💡 You have an idea for an app and you need technical advice - Let's talk

Services

Web application development

Websites

Single-Page-Applications (SPA)

Web apps

Landing pages

Data visualisations

Data analysis

Visualisation Concept

Sketching/Wireframing

Code/Implementation

UX (User Experience)

Information Architecture

Wireframing

User testing

Mobile App Development

with React Native

Skills & Stack

Frontend technologies

Javascript (ES5, ES6), Typescript, HTML5, CSS3, SASS

Libraries / Frameworks

React.js, React Native, Redux, D3.js

Tools

Building: Webpack, Gulp

Testing: Jest, Enzyme, Jasmine, Karma, Cypress

Other technologies (Backend)

Python & Django

Methodologies

Bem, TDD, Pair-programming, Continuous delivery with automated tests

Work

This section is currently under development. In the meantime you can download my work portfolio as a PDF (76 MB).

Streetscapes

Prototype Research Tool
Zeit Online

Bitpoll

Voting Application
Zeit Online

TeamSchedules

Web Application
InVision

UNROCA

Redesign Web Platform
United Nations

PoA

Redesign Web Platform
United Nations

Other direct and indirect past engagements include: Gösser, Ars Electronica Futurelab, Cynetart - Festival für internationale Medienkunst, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz.

Grants & Awards

2018

Information is Beautiful Award

For a project in collaboration with Zeit Online: "Streetscapes"

2016

Google Newslab Fellowship

Grant for work in datajournalism. Realised at Zeit Online.

Education

  1. Artificial Intelligence
    University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Bachelor

    2010-2013
  2. Interactive Art
    Ecole superieure des Beaux Arts de Toulouse (France)
    Diplome

    2009-2010
  3. Interaction Design
    Ecole d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence (France)

    2008 - 2009
  4. Malerei, Grafik & Animation
    Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (Germany)

    2006-2008

Publications

I recently started to write on Medium. Currently I am doing an interview series with members of Storytellers United, a diverse and inclusive community of creatives working on innovative forms of storytelling.