Hey, I’m Sandy
I’m a freelance UX/UI designer from Cologne, Germany, with lots of love for design, planet earth and hammocks. I support brands and businesses to create ecologically sustainable websites, online shops and other digital stuff.
My vision is a green, climate friendly web with happy users, super fast websites, healthy and loving communication, high accessibility, diversity, green patterns instead of black patterns and brands and designers that love their digital products and jobs. For the planet.
My journey to green UX/UI design
My journey began back in 2012 as a User Experience Architect in a digital agency, where my desire grew to work for a bigger purpose. That’s why I grabbed the amazing opportunity to volunteer for an environmental NGO in Nicaragua and damn, I learned so much about mother earth and our responsibility to protect it.
After travelling a few months in Latin America, coming back to Europe wasn’t that easy. I was overwhelmed with the consume. My backpacker / “hippie” kind of perspectives didn’t work well with capitalism. So I started to engage more as a volunteer for national NGOs, lived even more minimalistic, joined the food sharing movement, DIYed all kinds of household things and got more aware of foods, fashion and so many other topics.
As I knew that social businesses, NGOs and other companies I’d love to support wouldn’t “only” need my skills as a UX Architect and Researcher, I got some certificates for UI design. To truly be able to bring more purpose into my work life. But wait – what‘s with the work I do? How I work? How the pages are designed?
December 2018 I got a request to do a talk about sustainable design in general, including sustainability in terms of ecology, corpocracy and society. That’s where it hit a nerve. There is a way to build websites and other digital products more ecologically sustainably. I can change something not only with who I’m working for, but also in the way of how I’m working. So I fell in love with the topic right away and hope you will too!
Get to know more about my journey in the podcast episode from “Happy Work”
Some NGOs that I support
Part of the profits go into projects that I admire, love and deeply care for. Either as volunteering or as financial support. The followings are just a few of them.
A couple of meetups, I did Sessions on recently
Sessions, impulse talks, business lunches or workshops. There is always something new coming in.
I’m the one for you if
… you’re looking for someone with detailed knowledge about the web’s digital footprint.
… you want to know how to minimize your footprint.
… you want user research, UX, UI and branding all together (or as single services).
… you want a lean, individual, authentic and easy to digest path towards a green web.
… you want to get inspired and pushed (in a friendly way).
… you’re ready to get greener.
You want your own website to be green?
There are a few steps to take that really don’t hurt and are done pretty quickly. Start with eco hosting and then go further. Or start with compressing all your images. I’m happy to support you on that journey! Why? Because I want the internet to be less of an energy eating monster and more of a loving network. For the planet and our climate.
Questions? Feedback? Let’s have a chat!
Whether it’s networking or planing on working together for a project – I’m happy to hear from you! Hit me up with a message or schedule a call.