Gregor Adams is a front-end developer and architect at SINNERSCHRADER in Munich, Germany. He'll be speaking at CascadiaCSS about building fractals with CSS. Gregor kindly answered a few of our questions to help get to know him better:

What's a good Twitter-length description of your talk?

In this talk you will learn about fractals and different techniques to generate them in CSS. Prepare to be amazed by some awesome examples.

Is this your first trip to the Pacific Northwest? Do you have other plans for your trip?

I lived in the States for two years as a young teenager and traveled around the Westcoast for an entire summer but I'm pretty sure a lot has changed in the last 20 years ...(has it already been that long... getting old here). The week before the conference I will visit a friend in Seattle and catch some Washington-spirit. I'm taking this occasion and combining it with a relaxed and inspirational vacation.

What does your usual work day look like?

My daily work differs from what I do when experimenting with CSS. I develop webpages and applications for "normal" customers like car-companies, travel-agencies or online markets. It is very commercial and generally boring compared to my standards, so I try to focus on architecture and spice up my workday with the latest technologies. I teach a lot of newcomers and younger developers which is probably the best about my current work.

Who in the industry consistently blows you away with wonderful work?

I am obviously amazed by the works of Ana Tudor and the way how she combines math with CSS. But there are other people that I respect for their amazing work. Hugo Giraudel with his advanced Sass skills, Sara Soueidan with her very usable and educational publications. I am very active on CodePen which is a great source to find awesome and inspirational input. To name just a few great artists I met on Codepen:

  • http://codepen.io/cathbailh/ (real name unknown)
    • She constantly blows my mind with her remixes. The most artistic developer I have seen so far.
  • http://codepen.io/natewiley/ (Nate Wiley)
    • He does very amazing and colorful CSS animations, generates particles and creates canvas-like experiences in CSS
  • http://codepen.io/tmrDevelops/ (Tiffany Rayside)
    • She does some really nice interactive canvas experiments. Works like hers sometimes make me wonder why I am so fixed on CSS.

Have you worked in industries other than the web?

I am actually a trained hairdresser and worked in that field for over 10 years. People say I was really good at it and even back then I used to go on stage and was once even nominated as "germanys best hairdresser". Teaching others was also a very big thing back then. I worked as a trainer and focused on advanced coloring techniques and men-cuts. A few years ago I started programming and I think I took some of my "people skills" from my old job. I have had my ups and downs and probably one of the most awkward career turns you can imagine. My history is something I sometimes regret because I have missed so many years of active development but then I say to myself: "you are what you are, because you do what you do, you became what you became, because you did what you did". I am very happy with my life and career right now, so I guess I did in fact choose an awkwardly amazing path.

What does your dream job look like?

In my dream job I teach others and only that. I could do that for the rest of my life. My experiments are something I consider art and I think I want to keep spending my free time with that. My job is already my hobby, that is why I changed my field of work a few years ago. Teaching others is more than just giving a helping hand. I like to twist the mind of others to cause that spark that will change the way they think. I am an autodidact and didn't have a mentor to teach me those things. This also means that my expectations are very high. When working with students I am often told that I bloom of excitement and while I can be a tough teacher, I try to take as much time as possible to help the people that are still trying to find that special knob in their mind.

Do you knit, play the banjo, make beer, climb rocks or do anything that isn't on a computer?

I am amazed by art but sadly don't have the space to really express myself in that hobby. Though I started very young and had my first artwork at a professional exposition at the age of seven.

In my free time I like to do music. My room is filled with old synthesizers and I love playing with them and creating soundscapes or jamming with friends. At the moment I am actually more of a collector that a musician and music has become more of something that I like to enjoy while relaxing. I try to spend more and more of my life with spiritual journeys through my mind to find my "calm".