I have my roots from the sunshine island of Bornholm. It's a small island in Denmark with just around 40,000 citizens.
Now, I'm based in Copenhagen (the capital city of Denmark) where I have been based for quite some years now.
Here is a snap of the beautiful nature on Bornholm 👇
Photo credit: Julian Hochgesang
After elementary school, I attended the higher commercial examination programme which sparked my interest for entrepreneurship and motivated me to start my own web shop.
I designed and built my very own (and first ever) webshop in Shopify, selling interior posters for the home — I would spend late nights in Photoshop designing after school. I learned a lot about graphic design and running a business during this time.
I then slowly started to get more and more engaged in client UX/UI work during high school and eventually ended up co-founding a web agency with two classmates at the time. We ran the agency through high school and slowly, but steadily, built our client base. Before we knew of it, we've finished high school and went full-time in the agency for a couple of years before we decided to part ways. I've been in the UX/UI design industry ever since and love it!
Since a young age, I've always been fascinated with technology and especially digital products. I remember when I was a kid, I would wonder how in the world we are able to build computers... How on earth are we able to build computers that can display a UI that is interactive? Seriously, just think about how crazy that is 🤯
This curiosity and fascination have stuck with me to this day and I think it'll follow me for the rest of my life.
A typical day for me always starts with a great breakfast, hydrating and grabbing a coffee to set the start of the day.
I'm currently pursuing my Masters in Digital Design — so, in a typical day, I'll juggle between attending lectures, doing design work and doing some type of exercise. The order of these is typically based on when my lectures are placed for the day.
On days when I don't have lectures, I usually go to the office. And, on days when I have lectures, I typically work remote.
Fun fact — I used to always, as in ALWAYS, go to the office. I would never work from home. But now, after having been forced to be working remotely due to the current circumstances, I actually really started enjoying it. I love the flexibility of it. However, I'll always go for a mix if possible — nothing beats going to the office and getting in the great vibes and catching up with colleagues if you're working in a nice place with cool people.
In the evening, it is time to wind down. This is usually done in company with my girlfriend, friends and, if alone, you will find me either collapsed on the sofa watching a TV show or playing video games.
I've recently upgraded my old reliable Macbook from 2014 to the new 2021 model with the M1 Max chip and I gotta say — the increase in speed of this thing makes everything go supaaaa-faast, as Zander, the lovely Memorisely CEO, would put it ⚡️ Also, the monitor on this thing is seriously beautiful — can recommend!
When I can, I always hook my laptop up to a second monitor and work with a dual-monitor setup. Having the ability to gain more space on the screen and being able to see several things at once is definitely something that boosts my productivity. If you haven't tried it already, I highly encourage getting your hands on a second monitor!
As for equipment, due to my background as a serious gamer in my teens, I've been damaged and have been using a gaming mouse ever since. I've tried the aesthetically pleasing and designer-friendly Apple mouse (if we look aside for the charging solution), but it doesn't seem to be able to catch up with my supaa-fast Counter-Strike type cursor movements 🤓
One of the beauties of design is that you really don't need a lot in your desk setup. If you have a decent laptop and prefers to just use the mousepad, you're just as capable as other designers who have the most expensive and fancy setup you can think of.
I use Gmail, Google Calendar, Notion, and Figma Mirror on my phone, but most apps are desktop only for me 👇
Jumping into Figma and moving pixels around ⚡️
Generally the most exciting part to me is in that magic beginning phase of a project, where the foundation is covered, research has been made and the early wireframes and sketches are finished and you have to start shaping the UI for good. If the groundwork is great, then this is the part of the process where things starts to truly take shape.
My go-to playlist is Lo-Fi beats. Sometimes I also enjoy simply listening to pop tracks; but, music without lyrics is definitely what keeps me the most focused on whatever I'm doing.