Marius Wilms

I'm tech lead, software creator and painter. I believe in digital innovation through multidisciplinarity.

As a longtime PHP professional and Go fan, I'm actively participating in the Open Source scene and enjoy collaborating with people all around the world.

I'm convinced how software is created today, can be improved. By emphatic cross-functional-communication, the methods of Open Source and including other non-engineering-aspects into the process of software creation.

Work Experience


dpa, Fielmann AG, Wikimedia Deutschland, Deutsches Elektron-Synchrotron DESY, OTTO, ByteFM, ZDK Gesellschaft Demokratische Kultur gGmbH, Cleptomanicx, Freie Universität Berlin, Grand Hotel van Cleef, Jugendhilfe e.V, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Tocotronic, Universal Music Group


Talks & Appearances

This lists talks and workshops I've been giving, as well as articles that have been written about me or projects I've lead.

  • Discovering Principles for Design System Tools, (Slides, Video), code.talks, Hamburg, Germany, 2019
  • Where do you build a Design System?, (Slides), UXRoundtable, uxHH, Hamburg, Germany, 2018
  • Where do you build a Design System?, (Slides), Design Tools #1, Hamburg, Germany, 2018
  • Where do you build a Design System?, Go User Group, Hamburg, Germany, 2018
  • Code+Design, Hamburg, Germany, 2018
  • Coding Design Systems, (Slides), Techcamp 2018, Hamburg, Germany, 2018
  • Visual Interface für Audio-Web-App, Page 08.2017, 2017
  • The CakePHP Media Plugin, (Slides, Review), Cakefest, Berlin, Germany, 2009


In my early years I've been publishing some essays in the art space. Since 2010 I'm mostly writing about technical things and am the author of uncounted release announcements.

Important Side and Open Source Projects et al.

During my studies I was often contacted by colleagues who asked for websites. That's when I came up with the idea of my first startup NPIECE, a portfolio platform, starting development of in 2008.

I've discovered CakePHP (which was just getting big as part of the web framework hype that followed Rails), while looking for a technological basis. Still the framework did need some extra work, to be useful for the purposes of the startup. I saw that as a chance to contribute to something impactful.

After submitting important improvements, I was accepted in to the framework project as a Core Developer in 2009 and continued in that role until 2010.

After CakePHP came li₃ (“the Jimi Hendrix of frameworks”), founded by Nate, the former Lead Developer of CakePHP who I've followed together with Gwoo onto the new project. There I've held the role of a Core Developer from 2009 to 2016 and became Lead Developer of the project in 2016.

The Gettext PO/MO loader I've created as part of my work on the globalization package inside the framework has been friendly forked into Symfony where it is still in use.

2013 is when I've co-founded Atelier Disko a digital agency in Hamburg in Berlin. During its foundational years I helped to build the B-Series, a CMS and eCommerce System, as well as - with growing needs of the agency - custom infrastructure tooling like hoi.

In 2018 and 2019 together with Christoph I've created DSK as a tool to create design systems.


You can reach me via email. Phone calls can be arranged, too. For encrypted communication download my OpenPGP Key. My fingerprint is 761C 8678 F151 EE60 5442 1D47 C26D F2F1 18E6 34F4. Follow me on Twitter, fork me on GitHub or connect with me on LinkedIn.

photo of David Persson

“We are creating technologies - then we are the technologies: Your heart is not LIKE a pump, your heart IS a pump. It’s not like your brain is like a computer, it is a computer. Until the next thing comes along: Now you’re a neural net or now you’re an information system.”
– John Brockmann in an interview with Lutz Dammbeck, Das Netz, 2004


Marius Wilms
Adenauerallee 46
20097 Hamburg