I grew up with my twin brother in a small Norwegian village called Bjørkedal (yes, we had vikingships) by a small lake surrounded by mountains in the west coast of Norway. I spent most of my time making drawing, helping out on my dads farm, biking, have water fights and snowball fights, play nintendo (NES), fishin… Read More
I grew up with my twin brother in a small Norwegian village called Bjørkedal (yes, we had vikingships) by a small lake surrounded by mountains in the west coast of Norway. I spent most of my time making drawing, helping out on my dads farm, biking, have water fights and snowball fights, play nintendo (NES), fishing and make all kinds of stuff like stop motion animations, stock cars, snow huts, slingshots, roll caps bombs, and so on. So it was quite obvious I was destined to do something creative.
When I was 16 years old, I was pretty bored living in a village with only 150 citizens, so I moved to Oslo to study while teaching myself graphic design in my spare time.
By the last year of high school I got headhunted by a guy who was starting a digital music magazine called playmusicmagazine.com and later MagWerk. So I started working there half way through my last year of High School, and by the end of my studies I decided skip college and continue working.
PlayMusicMagazine's first issue was launched January 2004 and became an instant hit. We won multiple awards such as Ultrashock Bombshock Award, Macromedia Site Of The Day, New Web Pick Award, Internet Tiny Award, Fckustar Award, Plasticpilot Award, Canadian Web Award, Golden Web Award, Dope Award, Wellvetted, Webmaster Award and even got featured in Gizmodo and the TV Show "The Desk" by the founder of Wallpaper which was aired on BBC in UK, CBC in Canada, STV in Sweden. Later on we started doing client magazines for People Magazine, BigBrother, Future Snowboarding Magazine and several others.
In the meantime, my brother and my roommate got really hammered one late night and came up with a crazy idea of making their own social community on their own with help from me on design. 4 years later I quit my job in MagWerk and started working as graphic designer for Bloc, and after 2 years in Oslo - We came up with the craziest idea ever: Move office to Beijing!
Shortly after moving we realized that Beijing is packed with foreigners and locals seeking friendship, language exchange, etc. So we started WeLiveInBeijing followed up by WeLiveinDalian and WeLiveinShanghai. In addition to communities, I done stuff like logos, webdesigns, illustrations, animations, etc. for a range of clients. Read Less