Elisa Haubert

In a polyamorous relationship with code and design.

Skills: HTML, CSS, JS, P5, Processing, UX/UI, Design
Meet me at: OpenTechSchool Leipzig

A few words about you, who are you?

I studied industrial design and interaction design and have been a freelancer since the beginning of 2018. I actually accept all projects that I find exciting and where I think I can grow on. My area of expertise covers everything from graphic design, illustration and animation to web design, user experience and interaction design. However, I also try to give my work a social / ethical / societal benefit and like to work on projects that are oriented towards this.

When and how did you get interested in coding?

Already at school I found the computer science lessons exciting, where we partly worked in visual programming interfaces (e.g. Kara). In our bachelor studies we were laughed at for still learning to design in Adobe Flash, but I found the possibility fascinating, that you can animate by programming. In the master’s programme we were introduced to Processing in order to design interactive exhibits. Our programming was combined with electrical engineering and an Arduino, and we were able to build wonderful user interfaces that had nothing to do with the usual screen as an interface. Suddenly I felt so free in the design of interactions and knew: “I want to go on doing that”.

What do you like about coding most?

It’s a completely different way of expressing yourself. Since I come from the designers corner, I love being able to put into action what I design myself. But I’ve also been stunned by the creative possibilities offered by environments like P5 and Processing right from the start. It’s always a bit uncertain what comes out after a few lines of code. That’s exciting. You suddenly speak the language of the computer and give it instructions. If they’re not precise or even wrong, the computer of course doesn’t do what you want it to do. But I love detective work and troubleshooting. Or the not at all planned, but beautiful results.

Is there a project you’re particularly proud of?

My master’s thesis. I designed the concept for a browser extension that reminds you of more sustainable alternatives when shopping online. For example, buying used stuff or crafting things. Thanks to the help of a dear programmer friend, a part of the extension even worked in the end.

What do you like to try/learn/know?

I’d like to be a hard-bitten hacker woman like Mr. Robot’s sister.

Do you have role models?

I find the story of Hedy Lamarr insanely inspiring. At first she’s reduced only to her sex appeal, but she is an absolute mastermind and then pulls the foundation stone for today’s WiFi & Bluetooth technology out of a hat.

Which stereotype of a programmer can you prove wrong?

That programmers have no idea of design. ;-)

Can you recommend a book / podcast / tutorial / film or event?

If someone’s interested in generative design, I can totally recommend “The Nature Of Code” by Daniel Shiffman. He also does the best P5 / Processing tutorials in the world. Go find them on Youtube.