Freelance Portfolio

Computational Social Science | HCI/UX | Data & Information Visualisation | GIS/Mapping | Open Science | Research Data Management

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My Mission

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Ilja Sperling | fubits

I'm passionate about helping non-profits build human-centered design solutions to support social action.

My Philosophy

Data

Action needs data – not spreadsheets.

Jailbreak Excel and focus on your goals. With functional data management, automation & reproducibility.

Science

Before turning to Computer Science I finished my B.A. in Politics and Communication Studies. I worked in academic research, PR, and policy. I'm home in both worlds.

Design

What if social research had the UX of Data-Driven Journalism?

Apply human-centered design principles to address the right questions.

My Portfolio

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Krieg vor der Haustür

A full-paged colored regional map for the front matter, picking up the hue from the book's cover theme. Three tile-sized maps for the back matter, focusing on single states and subregions.

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Nowhere to Hide

Double-paged, styleguide compliant vector illustration for a research report, mapping the spatial distribution of 336 chemical attacks in Syria. Three inset maps zoom in on the main theaters.

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Nowhere to Hide

Three case study maps, highlighting changes in territorial control during selected campaigns of chemical attacks. Two styleguide-compliant bicolor schemes represent gains/losses by rebels and state/regime actors. A full-page illustration outlines the deadly path of a helicopter regiment.

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Urban Spaces Project

Conception, technical project coordination, and content implementation of an online-first research paper design, complemented by a regular print product.

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Urban Spaces Project

This "pilot" involved a team of 30 people from all divisions, and took more than one year from the first workshop to launch.

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China's Silk Road

A full-paged b/w regional map of Asia, including the challenge of emphasizing four subregions.

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During the last years I have designed products as diverse as data visualizations, responsive single-page and subpage web layouts, a DTP corporate news template, migrated content during a website relaunch of an academic society, or turned a corporate styleguide into a subdomain website.

My Stack

UX & Design Thinking

Data Processing

GIS & Mapping

Network Analysis

Web Development

Data Visualisation

Custom Design Solutions for Not-for-Profit Action

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