Alexa Steinbrück

Freelance Frontend Developer & Creative Technologist based in Leipzig, Germany

I am available for freelance work

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've also worked with German online newspaper Zeit Online on a data journalism and data visualisation project which won a Information is Beautiful Award in 2018.

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

🎓 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.

Selected Work

Streetscapes

Streetscapes is a datajournalistic project that investigates the linguistic and geographical patterns of street names.

Collaboration with: Zeit Online

Awarded: Kantar Information Is Beautiful Award 2018

Role: Frontend Developer, Creative Technologist

TeamSchedules

TeamSchedules is a calendar app for staff schedules. It is a module within the product suite of Injixo, a product by InVision.

Company: InVision

Role: Frontend Developer

BitPoll

BitPoll is a small application that enabled the readers of Zeit Online to give their fictitious vote during the US election.

Client: Zeit Online

Role: Frontend Developer

UNROCA

UNROCA is a programme by the UN involving a web platform to collect data from memberstates and make it transparent and openly accessible.

Client: United Nations

Role: Frontend Developer, Backend Developer, UI Designer

PoA

PoA is a programme by the UN involving a web platform to collect data from memberstates and make it transparent and openly accessible.

Client: United Nations

Role: Frontend Developer, UI Designer

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

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, Parcel, Gulp

Testing: Jest, Enzyme, Jasmine, Karma, Cypress

Other technologies (Backend)

Python & Django

Methodologies

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

Let's work together.

🚀

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

🏓

You are a designer, artist, developer or journalist and you have an idea for a collaboration -

You are a design studio and you're looking for a web developer with a sense for visual finesse -

📈

You have gathered data and you need to visualize this data on a website -

💡

You have an idea for an app and you need technical advice -

Grants & Awards

Kantar Information is Beautiful Award (2018)

For the datavisualisation project "Streetscapes" in collaboration with Zeit Online

Google Newslab Fellowship (2016)

Grant for work in datajournalism. Realised at Zeit Online

Publications

I try to write regularly on Medium and dev.to.

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.

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