Haraldur Thorleifsson on being a nomadic designer

Despite dabbling in everything from philosophy to finance and structural engineering in his younger years, design has been the one constant in Haraldur Thorleifsson – aka Halli's – life. And once he'd settled on a career pushing pixels, there was nothing half-hearted about his efforts.

So far he's racked up a client list that includes Google, The Economist, YouTube and Microsoft, set up his own full-service agency – Ueno – and picked up Webbys, Awwwards and FWAs – not to mention a net award for his outstanding portfolio site. We chatted to the nomadic designer to find out how he got started, the key to a great personal site and what it was like working with Santa.

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