This is Jens, hello. I am a product designer.
In over 6 years as a professional designer I worked and learned in very diverse environments and situations.
Right after high school when I was 19 years old I joined Last.fm in London as a design intern and was then employed full-time a couple months later. After spending some time in the ad sales operations, I joined the product team and worked on the latest version of the web product.
Ginger Weirdy Beardy Dude
After I stopped working at Last.fm I moved to Berlin and worked as a freelancer for over two years providing UX, UI and front-end development services. At the same time I interned at Erik Spiekermann’s strategy agency Edenspiekermann, organised the user group up.front and started a project called DesignSmash. The premise was to make product design more open and collaborative through design events, online community development and investments in open design.
I also had the chance to participate in the first commercial edition of /dev/fort. We explored and prototyped ideas for a multinational music recording company.
Jens is one of the most caring, insightful, and naturally curious designers I've worked with, and was a joy to have on the team at Last.fm. I originally brought Jens on as an intern, but quickly realised this is a chap who consistently punches above his weight and promoted him to Designer. If you ever get the opportunity to work with Jens, take it!
Hannah managed me at Last.fm
Working with Jens at Last.fm was a true pleasure – his natural talent, attention to detail, dependability and work ethic all set him apart. He approaches design challenges not just with his brain but with his heart, and it shows in his work and the creative relationships he fosters with his peers. I would jump at the chance to work with him again; you should too.
Matt managed me indirectly at Last.fm
I had the most fun working with Jens. Always coming up with great ideas together and producing some of the best work I've ever been a part of. Despite him coming from a design background, I was amazed at the pace he was learning about advertising. Hire this kid before someone else does, very passionate, truly inspiring and always keeping up with the latest developments.
Mattias worked directly with me at DDB
I was then hired full-time by DDB and joined as Creative to work with our client Volkswagen. After that I was approached by the start-up Amen and worked as UX/UI designer and front-end developer. Amen got acquired by tape.tv, the online music video station, which I then joined.
Currently I am leading UX at tape.tv.
This includes commercial and personal work.
Amen & Thanks2012 - 2013
Amen is the place for creating and sharing opinions about people, places and things. I worked on the user experience of both mobile and web products, and also helped with the front-end implementation.
Thanks is the companion app which lets users discover and explore the best stuff according to experts and friends.
Download Amen for iPhone
up.front2010 - 2011
up.front is a user group focused on web design & front-end development topics, based in Berlin. Every second Tuesday of the month the community discusses everything related to web design and front-end development.
I started the event with Kristina, Robin, Alex and Hannes, invited prolific speakers and spread the word. I also came up with the name.
Attend the next event
When I worked at DDB Tribal I got the chance to learn a lot about advertising. I spent months coming up with ideas, often times they were also turned into prototypes.
In the end together with Marc and Uli we were able to produce an award winning website that got quite a lot of praise for being one of the most inventive scrollable experiences on the web at the time.
DesignSmash2010 - 2011
DesignSmash is a company for designers, producers and people who support open-source creative collaboration. It features a web store where you can purchase objects and see the designers who made them. Wiebke, Enlai, Martin, Fabian and I created the prototype for this concept within six weeks, including an identity sketch and a website with online store.
Additionally, we organised simultaneous hack days in Berlin, London and Utrecht.
Best of Last.fm2009
Best of Last.fm is the annual feature of what Last.fm’s users have been listening to most. I was hired back as a contractor to help with the visual design and to build the front-end.
Matthew wrote the copy.
Visit Best of Last.fm
Last.fm Redesign2007 - 2008
We called it the next-generation Last.fm.
I worked on overall UX matters, as well as helping out with the front-end implementation. In that time I started to drink coffee and never went back.
Listen to the radio
Here I quickly want to describe the process of developing this website and the thinking behind it.
I pushed this for a long while now, so to make the release of my new home on the web happen this time I gave myself a set of constraints. First I made sure that the content is written and prepared before I even start thinking about typography and layout.
I also put some constraints on the development of this simple website. I use Yeoman with Jekyll to power it and to make it easily maintainable and extendable.
Headlines are set in Benton Sans Condensed, Adobe Garamond Pro is used for the copy.