zapfware – Michael Zapf Software is a One-Man-Show driven by me: Michael Zapf
Born in 1968 I had my first programming experience 1984 at high school.
But first – as a youngster – I wanted to be a rock star and producer and worked several years as a freelance audio engineer after graduating the SAE Berlin (School of Audio Engineering) with diploma in 1992.
Unfortunately I had no luck with the music business and started to work as a professional skipper and sailing instructor in 1996.
Simultaneously I studied naval architecture and had my first job as an assistant for software development.
I realised that this worked out better for me and started in 2000 my third career as a full-time software developer in a corporate environment.
At least I founded zapfware – Michael Zapf Software in 2003 and since then I’m working as an independent software developer.
My focus was always on programming client software and UIs.
I think good UX-Design (User Experience Design) means always to minimise user’s confusion.
In my early days of corporate programming one of my managers says:
“eat you own dog food – use the stuff you’re developing“
In 2010 I started iOS programming and as a senior iOS developer for several agencies and customers with “big” names it was challenging to implement nice and intuitive UIs.
So here I am today. Sometimes working as a freelancer to refresh my wallet but mostly being on fire with my own projects and pushing them.
As this One-Man-Show I will do almost everything by myself: the software architecture, coding, texts, graphical design, some marketing… and of course the project management.
Ok, marketing could be better but my resources are limited and I prefer to focus on improving my products.
If I’m not sitting in front of a monitor, I will be either playing drums or piano or you can meet me on my sailing boat.