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 8 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

OpenParliamentTV: Wikidata integration

Open Parliament TV is a search engine and interactive video platform that makes political debates more transparent, accessible and understandable.

Client: OpenHypervideo aka Joscha Jaeger

Role: Data Scientist

Link: openparliament.tv/

Animated abstract chatbot "The Entity"

The Entity is a web-based chatbot that pretends to be a dead tree. Interaction and animation and sound are densely coupled.

Client: Nicolas Jaar / Shockforest Group

Role: Frontend Developer

Link: shockforest.group

aimyths.org

A website to debunk the most common myths about Artificial Intelligence

Collaboration with: Daniel Leufer & AccessNow

Role: Frontend Developer, Technical project lead, Concept

Link: aimyths.org

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

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

Other past engagements and collaborations include:

BBC R&D Nicolas Jaar / Shockforest Group United Nations Privacy International GetML Tutory The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision University of Amsterdam Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) Ars Electronica Futurelab Gösser Cynetart - Festival für internationale Medienkunst Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

Services

Web application development

Websites

Single-Page-Applications (SPA)

Web apps

Landing pages

Data analysis & Data visualisation

Data analysis

Visualisation and communication

Sketching/Wireframing

Code/Implementation

UX (User Experience)

Information Architecture

Wireframing

User testing

Mobile App Development

with React Native

Skills & Stack

Frontend technologies

Javascript, Typescript, HTML, CSS, SASS

Libraries / Frameworks

Gatsby, React.js, React Native, Vue, D3.js

Tools

Building: Webpack, Parcel, Gulp

Testing: Jest, Enzyme, Jasmine, Karma, Cypress

Other technologies: Backend & Machine Learning

Python, Django, Node.js, Tensorflow/Keras

Methodologies

Test-driven-development, 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 write about Frontend topics and Artificial Intelligence on Medium.

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

+++ Other things I do +++ NEWS +++

December 9th 2021: I am giving a lightning talk about creative AI and dataset practices at an event about AI & Copyright at the law school of Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany.

November 27th 2021: I am giving a talk titled "AI Fails - horrible or adorable?" at the "AI and We" Convention.

November 18th 2021: I am giving an online workshop about creative writing with GPT-3 in the context of speculative funeral practices at BWA Wroclaw galery of contemporary art in Wroclaw, Poland

July 2021: The artwork "Latent Riot" - a piece of my art collective "Moving Target Collective" - has been selected for the Creative AI Space at Mozfest 2021

Since 2020: I now work part-time as an artistic researcher at the XLab at University of Art & Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany. There I run a lab for AI & Robotics together with my colleague Simon Maris. We research the creative potential of Machine Learning and Robotics and run regular workshops for our students

27. October 2019: I'm running a workshop about designing intelligent voice assistants at Mozfest (Mozilla's annual event) in London. Update: It was a blast! Read my blogpost about it here.

27.-28. Feb 2019: I'm supporting the Storytellers United Hackjam in Manchester as a mentor (co-organized by BBC)