About

My name is Felix Häberle. I'm a German he/him currently studying interaction design @HfG. I'm passionate about all things design, technology and everything in between.

Open source is at the heart of my work with a special focus on accessibility and performance. Well known for my expertise and leadership in frontend development, I worked with various clients in the past creating all kinds and sizes of web applications.

These days, I mainly create things in the JS ecosystem, but also have a deep understanding of the PHP stack with focus on Drupal.

Code is a medium through which I realize my designs. The design part always comes first and defines the code, not the other way around. Creating meaningful interaction comes with understanding the user.

That's why, in addition to my technical background, I like to create interaction and design. Especially, with a talented team in an inclusive environment.

I love going outside to enjoy nature and do sports like swimming and biking. Keeping fit and healthy is really important to me and it gets me the energy to do the creative work. Find out how I approach this work below.

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Research and Ideation

Focusing on what the user needs,
not the product.

Good ideas can be hard and are often based on a good analysis of the challenge. They can be wild & visual or calm & concept based. At the end, the resulting design should be well tested and pay up to the user needs. To achieve this, I work with an interdisciplinary toolchain.

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The creative part

A structured way to create magic,
without magic.

I learned to understand how people think and to care about environmental and social challenges and find the best solution for it. Creative outcome is no magic moment — it’s about caring for the users. That’s my way to think about how to approach creativity: be an inclusive provider.

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Technical background

Based in frontend development,
now designing & developing.

With over 5 years of creative agency experience and 30+ websites build, I have a solid experience working with all kinds of tech & customers. Additionally, I’m highly involved in Open Source doing design & development for various projects.

Professional Experience

Ongoing

Co-Founder, Designer & Developer, Melo, DE

Melo is the place where you can manage, edit and distribute the sounds of your digital experience. Together with a talented team we're creating the sound interaction tool of tomorrow. Sign up to get an early preview! 🎛

Ongoing

Senior Interaction Developer, Bitegra Solutions, DE

Design and developing engaging experiences for the real estate sector, with a focus on performance, interoperability and accessibility. The implemented solutions use an API-first Drupal installation with various frontends, like an website, app and digital signage.

Ongoing

Creative Developer & Student, HfG, Schwäbisch Gmünd

Co-founded "format+". format+ ist the digital sister of the printed magazine "Format", which is published by design students at the HfG. The online-magazine covers design-relevant topics. Also helping with the development of OpenMoji, an open-source emoji set. https://openmoji.org/


Frontend Developer, Tojio GmbH, DE/CH

Design & Development for clients like @KNIME, @HolidayCheck or @burriworld & many more. Check out the "Project" page to dive into this work.


Dual Student (Work & Study), ADAC, DE

Applied Computer Science (B.Sc.). The most important feature is the integration of theory and practical experience: Students regularly switch between theoretical phases at the university and practical phases at the work placement.

Education

Ongoing

Interaction Design (B.A.), HfG, 🌍

Interaction Design (IxD) is the design of interactive products and services in which a designer’s focus goes beyond the item in development to include the way users will interact with it. @HfG we learn interaction design at the intersection of design, psychology, mechanical engineering and computer science – rooted in the Bauhaus.


Media Design Apprenticeship, ZGK, DE

Media designers specializing in the field "design and technology" design products and plan production processes. They learn to create designs and how to develop them. This apprenticeship gives a practical deep-dive in the topics digital design and web development.


Applied Computer Science (B.Sc.), DHBW, DE

Students of Applied Computer Science focus on the planning, modelling, design and implementation of complex software and hardware systems and processes. Dropped out to build projects for clients.

Open Source

Ongoing

Open Source Contributor, Drupal Project, 🌍

Among a lot of community work & meetups I challenged myself with the contribution to the Drupal Design System which we build up from scratch. This teamwork led to an excellent new Admin UI for Drupal named Claro. I helped building the frontend components for the Claro theme which is now used by over 200.000 sites.


Emoji Design & Development, OpenMoji, 🌍

Student-driven open source emoji library which covers over 3600+ unicode emojis and is updated regularly. All emojis are free to use under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license. All emojis follow a single style guide and fit perfectly together. OpenMoji supports the Fitzpatrick skin tones scale and multiple skin tone combinations as of Emoji v13.


Open Source Firewall Contributor, pfsense, 🌍

Created a captive portal (wifi login system) for the open source firewall system pfsense. Later, this project was added to the pfsense codebase as a community contribution because the default captive portal needed a refresh.

Fun Facts

I’m a firefighter! Since I am attending university, I am currently taking a break from it – but I’m soon at it again.

I’ve done flatland unicycling. During my active time (2008 - 2015) I participated at championships all over Europe. I’m very proud of this achievement.

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