Over the years I’ve specialised in designing and constructing front end applications, that is websites and mobile apps for iPhone and Android. More specifically the type of apps that I’ve specialised in are bespoke dashboards that add insights and convenience for the customers & employees of a company.


2017 - Current

Time tracking for tradesmen. Designed for small companies with simple needs: track projects, hours & locations. Frontend engineering, devops & daily operations. Made the iOS & Android apps with JavaScript and React Native. Website with React. Set up continuous deployments with CircleCI & Docker.

Tímavera timeclock mobile appWeb dashboard for Tímavera time tracking

#Websites & Email for Contractors

2018 - Current

Digital presence for contractors. Company branded email using leading providers such as Fastmail and Gmail. Websites showcasing area of expertise, past projects or simple contact pages. malco.is & jonogmarteinn.is.

Screenshot from malco.is, a simple site with contact detailsScreenshot from jonogmarteinn.is

#Activity Stream

2017 - 2018

Operations intelligence for Live Entertainment & Sports. Iceland’s Startup of the Year in 2017 and AI/ML Startup of the Year in 2018. Created and maintained dashboards and visualisations for the AI engine. JavaScript, TypeScript & Mithril. Remote contractor.

UI Design of Activity Stream dashboard


Vaki Aquaculture Systems Ltd. (acquired by Pentair AES) is the industry leader in fish counting and size estimation of live fish. Vaki offers a variety of solutions but the one I worked on was the Biomass Daily system. The gist of it is this: you are a company that operates fish farms. On each farm there are multiple sea cages with salmon. You rent hardware frames from Vaki and lower them into the sea cages. As the salmon swim through the frames their weight is estimated. This data is then aggregated and analysed in various dashboards.

Biomass Daily frames

#iPhone App: BD Monitor

2016 - 2017

This project was about creating an auxiliary mobile app to monitor the status of the hardware frames that run 24/7 capturing size estimations. Before this app, users would check the current hardware status on a PC. With an app the process became more convenient  for the site managers, who are often on the move.

The app was written in JavaScript ES2015 and React Native.

Early mockups demonstrating bottom navigation and History viewBD Monitor login and home screenBD Monitor Summary & SettingsBD Monitor HistoryBD Monitor UtilisationBD Monitor sea cage detail view

#Web Dashboard: biomassdaily.com

2014 - 2015

Access is restricted to users of the Biomass Daily system. The system has been in daily active use by Vaki's customers and employees since its launch in 2015.

Main features:

  • Dashboard of current operational status of hardware in the field.
  • Trend analysis of weight data to see how population is progressing.
  • Distribution analysis to observe weight distribution and health of population.
  • Administration section to manage users and privileges.
  • Secure Login with username and email.
  • Multiple languages: English, Spanish, Norwegian & Icelandic.

Technical implementation:

  • Single page application web site. Written in JavaScript (version ES5)  and structured in the React library. User interface structure provided by Bootstrap. More technical details can be found in my blog post: Retrospective on React.
  • Backend provides all data through a web service API and JSON. Written and maintained by Vaki in C# and Microsoft SQL Server database.
Biomass Daily sea cages dashboardBiomass Daily weight trendgraphBiomass Daily weight distributionBiomass Daily Feed Conversion RatioBiomass Daily Login

#Já.is Gadget & Widget

This was the project that sparked my interest in frontend development. A very small 1-2 week project I worked on back in 2010 for Já.is, the official phonebook registry of Iceland. Super simple OSX Widget and Windows Gadget dashboard tools, obsolete today as operating systems have dropped support. You would start typing some name and it would drop down an autocomplete menu of possible results. Once enter was pressed it would redirect to the ja.is website.

Screenshot of the Já.is OSX Widget and Windows Gadget

This was one of the most fun projects I worked on. I didn't know it at the time but this project planted a seed that would eventually lead me to specialising in dashboards as a career.

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