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Teppo Kotirinta

Principal Designer, Co-founder at Nordkapp

  1. Nordkapp,
  2. Hammerfest Holding Oy
  1. Niunai,
  2. Morning Digital Design Ltd.,
  3. Self-employed
  1. Taideteollinen korkeakoulu - Konstindustriella högskolan
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Principal Designer, Co-founder

– Present

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Teppo Kotirinta
Principal Designer, co-founder


Teppo is co-founder and Principal Designer at Nordkapp. He is an engineer by body and designer by soul.

Teppo has been building internet, multimedia and mobile services since 1997, first more on the technical side, then later in design. He's done everything from engineering a startup e-commerce product to various early days digimedia agency work; from backend solutions to rich & interactive social sites before there was social media. Everything from mobile power plant maintenance system to DJ software, and anything from Video-on-Demand to healthcare and banking.

Teppo designs with empathy for the users, always aiming for the simplest possible solution (but not simpler). He questions and solves business & technical obstacles that hinder the user experience. Teppo's technical background helps him work with agile engineers on the end product — a skill which is essential for producing high-end results.

Recent platforms Teppo has designed for include iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, Android, Windows Phone 7+, Windows 7 and Windows 8, and of course multitude of web services.

He has graduated as a BA of Media Engineering and MA in New Media (TAIK Medialab), both with high grades. He also studied abroad in the Shanghai University of Technology (China) and in Swinburne / The National School of Design in Melbourne (Australia).

— Winner of Emma (Finnish Grammy) 2007 for work in advancing digital music.
— Innovation patent pending.
— Winner of digital / social marketing award Grand One (2005).
— Some other awards & honorary mentions like Vuoden Huiput.
— Evangelist and researcher on Urbanflow Helsinki, a concept featured on Wired, Archdaily and shortlisted at IxDA Awards 2012.

Specialties: User interfaces for complex data driven applications, their user experience and interaction design.

Teppo's hobbies include photography, composing music and DJing.


Principal Designer, Co-founder

– Present (7 years 3 months)

We are Nordkapp, a group of experienced designers, strategists and technologists set out to make the future happen.

Our job is to help you find valuable insights and turn them into new business opportunities, concepts and interactive products and services your customers fall in love with —every day.


Hammerfest Holding Oy
– Present (7 years 3 months)Helsinki, Finland

Owner, Producer

(4 years 4 months)Helsinki

Co-founder, designer and developer at a creative digital tech company which helped several other companies build complex mass user systems and social media campaigns before social media was invented.

Senior Developer

Morning Digital Design Ltd.
(3 years 6 months)

Designing and developing systems for turnkey solutions for digital in-store and out of the store touchscreen communication and signage systems for global clients.

Freelancer Graphic Designer

(5 years 4 months)

Graphic Design including websites, CD covers, flyers and posters for clubs & bands and small companies.

Owner, DJ, Event promoter

(3 years 1 month)

Organized various electronic music events & clubs featuring global artists.


To The Point Ltd.
(1 year 6 months)

Design and implementation of various database driven Internet applications and campaign services.


Smilehouse Ltd
(1 year)

Designing and developing a out-of-the-box e-commercial solutions.

Graphic Designer/Webmaster

Fortum Engineering Ltd.
(2 years 2 months)

Graphic and multimedia design for corporate CD-ROMs, webmaster, designer & developer of Fortum Engineering's website.


Urbanflow Helsinki(Link)

June 2011

Urbanflow, a joint effort of Nordkapp and Urbanscale, envisions an operating system for cities. The scenario explored in the video revolves around situated urban screens and their potential uses.



  1. English

    Full professional proficiency
  2. Swedish

    Limited working proficiency
  3. German

    Elementary proficiency
  4. Chinese

    Elementary proficiency


  • Interaction Design
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Mobile
  • User Interface Design
  • New Media
  • Information Architecture
  • Web Design
  • Service Design
  • Prototyping
  • Information Design
  • Concept Design
  • Photoshop
  • E-commerce
  • User-centered Design
  • Human-computer...
  • Photography
  • Mobile Applications
  • Creative Direction
  • CSS
  • Prototype
  • Mobile Devices
  • Multimedia
  • Design Thinking
  • Usability
  • User Experience Design
  • Graphics
  • Front-end
  • Experience Design
  • Design Strategy
  • Strategic Design
  • Design Management
  • Concept Development
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Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology

Shanghai University



Honors & Awards

Emma 2008 (Finnish Grammy) winner, for work in advancing digital music.
Honourary mention in Vuoden Huiput 2005 competition.
Best marketing campaign of the year 2005.
Participation in Masters of Arts 2005 Exhibition
Best student of the year class 2002

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