We're all about programming challenges and the beauty of good code. Our backgrounds cover a wide range of development, design and social disciplines. Feel free to drop us a line if you're interested in working with us.
Jakob is the interface guy, who enjoys closely examining everything that happens between the user and the web app. Be it conceptual interface & interaction design, practical frontend web development, or analysis of ways to improve conversion and user experience. He earned a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan (USA) in 2009 and has been very involved in all things web, open source and usability ever since starting to work at a local village internet agency in 2001.
Web developer and graduate student from Cologne, Germany. Computer freak since 1982, in love with web technologies since 2002. His studies in Media and Computer Science at Cologne University of Applied Sciences broadened his mind and set his view on managing projects and applying digital media in the real world. He's always on the road with his cell phone using it 24 hours a day. In private, he's an ambitious artist, winter sports fan, a happy Mac user and loves to enjoy sunshine at the river Rhine. Read more about Jan on his private homepage.
Lars fell in love with web development round about the year 2000. His journey took him from Perl over PHP to finally Ruby and Rails in 2005. He's famous for his addiction to payment gateways, database stuff and servers. In private Lars shares an extraordinary interest for climbing and cooking. Last but not least he also has an academic background as Master of Science with focus on Semantic Web Technologies.
Everything involving design and typography has been Liane's passion since the mid-90's. She studied communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf.
Before she got addicted to UI Design and Information Visualization, she worked as a editorial and corporate designer for several design studios and magazines.
Liane's work is characterized by a powerful visual language based on reduction and consistency. She enjoys reading about the latest developments in design on countless blogs as well as in magazines and books.
Marco is passionate about all things web & information technology. That's why he's actually doing a Masters in computer science with an emphasis on business information systems. After some time of concentrating on business subjects, he fell in love with programming again when he discovered Ruby and Rails in 2010. He loves gadgets from the Apple universe and lives in Cologne with wife and child. Even though he's a metal head, he's actually quite a nice guy... who's totally addicted to M&M's.
Due to the lack of games for Mac (back in the 90s), Max explored other means of using his computer and discovered the world of web development. Being stuck with PHP for too long, in 2005 he instantly fell in love with Ruby on Rails and never looked back.
Michael started web development in 1998. On a long journey from Perl to PHP, passing by Java, he finally found Ruby in early 2005. He's been in love with Ruby and Rails ever since, has built one of the first and biggest German Ruby on Rails applications and calls github his second home.
Although Paul fell in love with programming at an early age, he set out on the quest to untangle the ultimate code - NL (natural language) - in the forms of literature and philosophy. He's highly versed in deconstructing anything from Shakespeare to Heidegger. Nevertheless, Paul always maintained a strong interest in web technology and mathematics. We're excited he has now decided to make Rails his fulltime project and to head our Ruby poetry department.
Salim loves to work with everything related to the web. He has a long experience using different platforms for the web: Flash, PHP, HTML, CSS. Executing a project that looks actually like the graphic designer intended it to be is one of his strong points.
Aside from doing a Web Science masters in Cologne University of Applied Sciences, his current mission is to become a Rails guru.
Stephan has been in love with the web since 2000, when he took his first steps with Flash to spice up websites with some serious interactivity. His study in media technology (Medieninformatik) did not only earn him a Master of Science, but also introduced him to the lovely world of Ruby on Rails. He loves to challenge common interaction solutions and to optimise them if need be. Besides that, he is into all kinds of sports like football, tennis, climbing and running.
As Office Manager and Resource Manager Tatjana is in charge of tasks like our payroll, paying vendors, preparing reports on Accounts Receivables, Expenses and some higher-level profitability calculations. Tatjana has a university degree in Modern Chinese Studies along with Business Administration from the University of Cologne, which might explain her marked preference for chinese food and traveling to Asia. Tatjana loves building furniture and enjoys strolling around in the city looking for new street art in her spare time.
Tim is one of the founders of Railslove, interaction designer and Rails developer. In 2012 he also joined the Web Science Master Program at Cologne University of Applied Sciences as a lecturer and is now working with students on all things web.