Freelance Portfolio

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


My Mission


fubits / Ilja Sperling

My passion is to help non-profits build human-centered design solutions for evidence-based impact.

My Philosophy


Impact needs Action. Action needs Decisions. Decisions need Evidence and Insights.


Before transitioning to Computer Science I studied Political Science and Communication Studies in Berlin and Leeds. I worked in research, PR, and policy (Think Tanks).


UX / Data Viz / Info Viz / Web Development / Reserach Data Management / User-centric Workflows

My Portfolio


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.


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.


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.


China's Silk Road

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


Urban Spaces Project

Conception, technical project coordination, and content implementation of an online-first research paper design, complemented by a regular print product. This pilot involved a team of 55, and took one year from the first workshop to launch.


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. Let's talk about how I might help you.

My Stack

UX / HCI Methods

Data Processing

GIS & Mapping

Network Analysis

Web Development

Data Visualisation

Custom Solutions for Non-Profit Research

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