Who I am

I'm Niklas Buchfink, a designer and engineer who focuses his skills on creating enjoyable and meaningful user experiences. Design for me is the opportunity to solve problems and create a better future. It's not about the product or service itself, but about the impact it evokes.

How I Work

1 | See the bigger picture

Deep understanding of the problem and the people behind it.

2 | Design solutions

Using the design thinking process, methods and rapid iteration to find the best solution.

3 | Make them tangible

Prototype the unbelievable part to experience it and validate the idea.

My Design Tools

Figma / Miro / Protopie / Illustrator / After Effects / Lightroom / InDesign / Cinema 4D

My Programming Tools

Vue / React / GraphQL / Twig / Sass / Git / Arduino / Python / Kirby CMS / Strapi CMS

Work Experience

Design Intern in Design & Web Development

@Eatch Interactive GmbH

Aug. 2021 - Present

Internship in user experience design and user interface design as well as some programming tasks for web development.

Co-Founder as Designer & Developer

@Melo

Apr. 2021 - Present

Melo is a web application to manage, edit and distribute the sounds of your digital experience. Together in a talented team, we are creating the sound interaction tool of tomorrow. Sign up to get an early preview!

Freelancer in Web Design & Web Development

@Me

Mar. 2020 - Present

Design and development of online presences for clients. The focus is on personality, accessibility and performance.

Student thesis supervisor

@DHBW Ravensburg

Oct. 2019 - Jun. 2020

During my first studies I started to develop an analog synthesizer. This project was continued by students and supervised by me.

Working Student in Software Development

@Robert Bosch Automotive Steering

Nov. 2019 - Apr. 2020

Programming of a script application for the automation of software test containers.

Dual Student in Electrical Engineering

@Daimler AG

Oct. 2016 - Sep. 2019

Development of a transmission sound generator, a sound-light visualization, programming of a dynamic driving sound for electric cars and the implementation of the control logic of an acoustic comfort function.

Education

Interaction Design (B.A.)

@HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd

Oct. 2019 - Present

The degree program combines user experience design, interface design, and interaction design. The methods of Human Centered Design and Design Thinking are taught and applied in semester projects.

Electrical Engineering (B.Eng.)

@DHBW Ravensburg

Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2019

The dual study program includes theoretical content at the university, which was then applied in practical semesters at my partner company Daimler AG. The focus is on electromobility, mechatronic systems and diagnostics.

Volunteering

Web Development & Podcast

@format+

Mar. 2020 - Present

The format+ is the online magazine for design of the university. In the programming team as well as the podcast team, I set up the publication of the podcasts and the integration into the website.

Student Event Organisation

@VS Event Team

Apr. 2020 - Present

Organizing events for my fellow students. Currently, there are Zoom game nights, online DJ livestreams, and a poetry slam.

Web Designer & Web Developer

@Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen Schorndorf

Jul. 2020 - Nov. 2020

Design and development of the new responsive website with content management system for the local Green party in Schorndorf.

Free Time

Music Everywhere

Music plays a big role in my life. Since 2016 I'm a vinyl deejay and it fulfills me to make people dance with different music styles. I also have a small home studio and taught myself how to play guitar. The feeling of experiencing music at festivals, open airs and clubs and dancing to it with friends is one of the best.

Daily Nature

I love being out in nature, whether it's at the beach, lake, forest or mountains. It's fun to go on walks and hikes to explore new trails or do other outdoor activities like jogging, longboarding, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing and skiing. On vacation I also enjoy camping with friends in different places.