Home  ·  Blog  ·  Projects  ·  Talks  ·  Recipes

Hi, I'm Rafael

I'm a software engineer and artist from Hamburg, creating web applications, games, music and everything else that's exciting.
I'm available for remote contracting work.

mastodon twitter github youtube mixcloud

About Me

As a software engineer, I work hard to produce maintainable, robust applications that are both useful to and usable for users. I like to enable good teams by fostering communication and documentation, optimizing workflows to reduce overhead and keeping an eye on the codebase as a whole to prevent technical road stops in the future.

As an artist, I’m fascinated by everything creative, and have tried my hand at painting, making electronic music, all kinds of generative art, 2D and 3D animation and storytelling. All of these lead to my passion for game development.


🃏 knakk
A relaxed flip-and-write game.
Godot, Figma

🔭 archive.observer (2023–present)
Ad-free, fast, no-JS viewer for reddit archives.

📻 Song Sonar (source)
A smart Spotify playlist with new releases of artists you follow.

See more projects


I like to learn, and continue to adopt new languages and frameworks all the time. I’m also used to quickly working into existing codebases.

I have about a decade of professional web development experience in all the areas it touches: backend, frontend, SQL/NoSQL, DevOps, and traditional server administration. My favorite languages for web development are Elm and Rust, but I’ve gathered lots of professional experience in PHP, JS, TypeScript, Ruby and Python as well.

For making games, I use Godot, Blender, Aseprite and Reaper. In university, I’ve done some VR Projects in Unity. I prefer tools that are open source and run on Linux, but try to stay pragmatic and will boot up a Windows VM if needed.

While German is my mother tongue, I’m a fluent English speaker and capable of basic communication in Spanish.

Work With Me

I work on open-source software that interacts with people in meaningful ways, like offline-first tools, accessible viewers for archived data and games. I tackle problems from a holistic perspective and take ownership of features and processes across the whole stack of a project.

If that sounds like a good fit, email me at hello@rafa.ee or find me on Mastodon and Twitter.