Richard started designing websites way back in 1994. Since founding Clearleft with Andy Budd and Jeremy Keith, he has retained his role as a user experience designer, working with clients and their customers to translate their ideas into new and improved websites and applications.
Richard began his career designing the UX of web sites for Barclaycard, as well as numerous dot com start ups. He moved on to become the user experience lead at Multimap, Europe’s most popular mapping site, which was acquired by Microsoft.
At Clearleft his work includes redesigning the Riverford Organics web site, creating a new e-commerce presence for Pearson Education, improving student help for the Open University, designing a radical new location-based search for Gumtree and streamlining Amnesty International’s operations. He is currently redesigning a video-on-demand service for a major broadcaster.
Richard was named as one of Wired UK’s top 100 digital power brokers.
Web typography evangelism
Richard has a deep love and fascination for typography. He created Clearleft’s Fontdeck web service, in partnership with OmniTI. As a self-appointed web typography evangelist, Richard is chief organiser of Clearleft’s annual Ampersand web typography conference. He also put together webtypography.net which translates Bringhurst’s typographic guidelines into CSS. He has a web typography book in the works with Five Simple Steps.
Richard is a member of the IxDA, London IA group and ATypI. He has spoken at numerous conferences on prototyping and typography, including An Event Apart, UIE’s Web App Summit and UX London.
Away from the office
Richard is an avid Chelsea FC fan, regularly shouting from the stands at Stamford Bridge. He used to describe himself as a mountain biker, but family commitments mean that’s mostly limited to cycling into work.
For some reason Richard still buys CDs and vinyl, and he occasionally records new episodes for ClagTunes, his music podcast. He writes about the web and typography on his blog. His favourite font is currently Premiera designed by Thomas Gabriel of Typejockeys.
Reflections on Ampersand New York 3rd Nov 2013
I’m writing this on a Boing 747 headed back to Heathrow, having spent four splendid days in New York.