Richard Rutter

Founder & Chief Purpose Officer

Richard started designing websites way back in 1994. Since founding Clearleft with Andy Budd and Jeremy Keith, he has worked 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 designing a radical new location-based search for Gumtree, completely changing the user experience for NBC’s PictureBox video-on-demand service, and creating a responsive, mobile-friendly site for Kew Gardens. He is currently redesigning the website for a London borough council.

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 Ampersand web typography conferences. He also put together which translates Bringhurst’s typographic guidelines intoCSS, recently open sourced. He has a web typography book in the works.

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 occasionally 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, although he’s hoping to get back out on the bike this year.

For some reason Richard still buys CDs and vinyl, and seems to be the de facto arbiter of musical taste in the office. He writes about the web and typography on his blog. His favourite font is currently Ingeborg designed by Thomas Gabriel of Typejockeys.

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