a simple introduction to the portfolio of

Ola Helland

senior user experience designer from Stavanger, Norway

NRK TV 2014

Worked as the interaction designer for NRK, the Norwegian equivalent to the BBC. Had design responsibility for their TV, radio and child-friendly-TV responsive sites and apps.

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NRK Radio 2014

While at NRK we launched a new radio player and did another major redesign after launch because of some legal issues. The new player increased usage significantly.

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NRK Super TV 2014

Launched a child friendly TV universe called NRK Super TV. Basically a skin on top of the regular player, but the design is based on childrens patters while using a tablet.

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Tidenes Fest 2015

The invitation to my wedding. A totally custommade site with lot's of cool features. Each invitation is personalised with their own photos, url and text. Each guest can see who of their friends are invited and what they have RSVP-ed on the site.

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One Million Giraffes 2010

By far the most viewed design I've ever made. An art project that went viral in 2009/2010. A simple goal; crowd source one million hand made giraffes to win a case of beer. It took 440 days, but I won.

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Honning 2014

I created this powerful tool for the development process at NRK. The project was a mess when I came in, so I created this simple, yet powerful, tool to keep track of development, user stories, demands, statistic and bugs. It became wildly popular in the team and soon became the go-to-product for basically everything. It communicates with Google Analytics, TFS, Jenkins and Jira. Making it the perfect single tool you need to measure progress and it works for all level of involvement in the team, even out to stakeholder and up to product owner.

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No Fixed Plan 2015

My travel website. Wherever I go in the world, I take Oscar with me and snap a pic of him. Sights from all over the world are well documented on this site.

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Krisemøte 2015

The official website for one of Norway's most popular podcast. It's a simple setup with the YouTube iFrame API.

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Popkorn 2015

This site keeps track of movies that I want to see. It's connected to IMDB and automatically plays trailers from YouTube. It has made movie night into a fun experience and is a great substitute for the ancient video rental shops.

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JINX 2015

I invented this game while serving in the army in 2003 and finally made an app out of it in 2015. The game is simple; trying to say the same word at the same time with some one else. Which is surprisingly hard and a great way to get to know someone. This app let's you play the game over the internet with no time limit.

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KRSlive 2008

An event calendar for the city of Kristiansand, run by me and two friends. The content was also available on print, freely distributed around town. It was the first service in the city to offer a web app version of the website for the (then newly released) iPhone.

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Bob Hund Webshop 2015

I've worked for the Swedish indie band Bob Hund since 2008, creating and maintaining their official website and webshop. I'm also their social media advisor.

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Bob Hund 2015

I've worked for the Swedish indie band Bob Hund since 2008, creating and maintaining their official website and webshop. I'm also their social media advisor.

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Loppis 2014

A popular website with the full overview of all flea markets and other fairs in Oslo, Norway. The content is now created by volunteers and Instagram-hashtags.

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idioten 2013

A personal blog with all kinds of oddities from the web. I've run it for a very loyal following since 2005 and will soon pass 30 000 posts.

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Kongsgata 34 2015

This is basically a long read article spread out over several pages. It's the history of a house in downtown Stavanger that I own and my family, going back five generations on my fathers side. The house is one of the oldest and most well kept house in the city. It is packed with history and when I inherited it in 2014, I decided I should do it justice and write down the stories that have been in the family for generations before they get lost forever. I did some massive research and ended up with a ton of info, displayed on this site. The site became very, very popular with the local population and historians have called it "a very important contribution to the history of Stavanger".

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Halvtime 2014

Halvtime means 'half an hour' in Norwegian and this is a podcast I did with a good friend of mine. The series was abruptly put on hold when my friend moved out of town and we didn't want to continue over the phone.

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Rundgang 2015

Rundgang is a super simple website with animated gifs. It is made for entertainment purposes for the moments when you feel you have won the internet and there is nothing left for you to do there. Perfect for bathroom breaks and a few minutes of mindless surfing before you go to bed or waiting for the bus. It's a designless site, only focusing on content.

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Tone og Ola 2014

A travel blog from 2014 when I went from farm to farm in Asia trying to learn about organic farming together with my fiance.

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Solskap 2015

This is an online accounting software that I made after I started renting out my apartment in Oslo. It provides a full overview over expenses and income in a simple and clean manner. Adding new posts is simple and highly customized for mobile, since they are usually added on-the-go.

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Rator 2015

This is a brand new mobile reading experience for a news site. It's currently an invite-only service and the users love it! The site is my own invention and it's a cross over between a regular news site and a webshop. You basically create an on-the-fly "playlist" with articles, instead of going back and forth between a frontpage and lots of articles.

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TrashPop 2008

A concert series run by me and some friends of mine. The site promoted our program, which was about two shows a month. Always good. Always five punds. Always sold out.

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Jabbetuss 2014

My fiance talks in her sleep, but refused to admit it. So I downloaded the Sleep Talker app and recorded her. It turned out to be very funny and I made this blog with audio clips and quotes from the random things she says while sleeping.

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Mixteip 2012

A new take on the old fashioned mixtape. It's an HTML5 audio player masked as a cassette and updated with a new mixtape every month. No tracklist. Just good music.

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Ida og Ola 2011

A blog and travel route from Cuba, where I rode a bike across the island together with a friend. It was made for close friends so they could follow our progress and see some photos every now and again.

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Uketall 2012

Working for Statoil I was constantly asked about week numbers, a concept I do not adhere to. But there was no way around it at this company, so I created this simple calender to tell me which week this is. The site spread amongst the employees at Statoil and was widely appreciated. Uketall means week number in Norwegian.

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Idioto 2012

A before-its-time url shortener made to order for the Swedish indie band Bob Hund, who are notorious for their idiocy. The product remains on an invite only basis.

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Ping.is 2011

Back in 2011 I played a lot of table tennis with a good friend. We created a "league" of our own and I made this app to keep track of it. It was a highly customized and personal app that did just what we needed. I got to work on my sql-skills and extract interesting facts out of the data from our games. The app worked as a live scoreboard as we played, as well a highly advanced statistics engine for bragging afterwards.

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Hauglandia 2014

A simple site that collects good recipes that are worth keeping. Having recipes spread out over two families made us want this blog to always have access to the good stuff.

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Pøllen 2013

My dad is the funniest man alive, so I decided to document the things he says in this blog of quotes. It's a tribute to the greatest parents on Earth and has gotten quite the following in Norway.

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biib 2014

As a true testament to my need for organising, I've created this website to keep track of the tv shows I follow and which episodes I have missed.

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Appism 2014

An invite only service to create iPhone web apps for sites that do not have an icon, and for opening web apps in Chrome, not Safari.

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iStrat 2011

I created this chronostratigraphy tool for Noreco, an oil company based in Stavanger. It's an extremely simple, and as it turns out very useful, app for navigation through the different stratigraphic units, depositional environments and tectonic events in most of the Norwegian basins. The content of the app is highly specialised and usage showed it was a great success within it's field. Which led to Noreco wanting more apps. I also created an internal app for them, with a simple goal; find a name for their new intranet. That app got even more popular, but it is classified since it was just for internal use. So I can't display it.

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Jon Hansson 2012

This was a gift to one of my best friends for his 30th birthday. The website contains slightly odd photos of him and they move around as you move your cursor/phone while the background is changing color. The perfect web app for the whole family!

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Omatte 2014

Omatte, Norwegian slang for "can you", is a simple crawler that checks certain websites for changes. It's the perfect solution for sites who do not offer notifications. Omatte will for instance check the availability of the new iPhone6 at your local store and send you an email when they have it back in stock, so you can reserve one. I developed this service when I was moving from Oslo to Stavanger and found a website offering free rental cars (!), but they had no notification system and of course the cars are insanely popular. Omatte found cars perfect for my needs and sent me an email immediately, giving me three perfect rental cars in no time.

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idiot records 2011

The website and webshop of my own record label. Released a vinyl single in 2009 that sold out in a few hours.

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Medvind 2015

The engine behind all my sites, big and small. As I've created far too many sites over the years, I have streamlined the process with this website. All I have to do is type in three variables and click a button. The site will set up the DNS routing, a new database with all the tables needed, a HTML template with all the files and structures needed and cron jobs to back it all up on a daily basis. It's the perfect website-on-a-new-domain-creator.

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Statoil - TDI 2012

Working for this major oil company I got the chance to grow into an important role of this project, dubbed "revolutionary" by it's CEO. I started out as a developer and ended up with concept and process management, design, writing user stories and being a scrum master.

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Julekalenderen 2013

My Christmas card to my friends every year is this advent calendar. It's become quite popular, with 40 contestants coming back every year for the past 8 years now. It's an interactive quiz/game show where you have to solve puzzles, answers dumb questions, draw drawings and take photos. It's very fun and whoever get's the most points by Christmas Eve wins the honourable title "Santa Of The Year". And everyone gets a personal Christmas video at the end.

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My portfolio 2015

A super simple website where I keep track of my work. It's far too much, and it's not even everything!

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