a simple introduction to the portfolio of

Ola Helland

senior user experience designer from Stavanger, Norway

tv.nrk.no

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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radio.nrk.no

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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tv.nrksuper.no

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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onemilliongiraffes.com

By far the most viewed design I've ever made. An art project that went viral in 2008/2009. 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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nofixedplan.net

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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popkorn.tv

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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krslive.no

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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bobhund.se

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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lopp.is

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.net

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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halvtime.no

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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toneogola.com

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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siste.nu

A proof of concept of a brand new mobile news reading experience. A great success in my eyes, but time and money stopped the project from ever going anywhere.

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trashpop.no

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.no

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.com

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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idaogola.com

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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idio.to

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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uketall.com

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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hauglandia.com

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.com

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.tv

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.net

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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idiotrecords.com

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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jonhansson.com

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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