Richard Rutter

Founder & Chief Purpose Officer

Richard started designing websites way back in 1995. Since founding Clearleft with Andy Budd and Jeremy Keith, he has worked with a multitude of clients to translate their ideas into new and improved digital presences.

Richard began his career designing the UX of web sites for numerous dot com start ups as well as large organisations including Barclaycard. 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, creating a responsive, mobile-friendly site for Kew Gardens and redesigning the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea website from the Council’s internal culture outwards. He is currently redefining the digital strategy for a children’s campaigning charity.

Richard was named as one of Wired UK’s top 100 digital power brokers.

Web typography evangelism

Richard has a 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 webtypography.net which translates Robert Bringhurst’s typographic guidelines into CSS, recently open sourced. He successfully kickstarted a web typography book, currently in progress.

Richard is a member of the IxDA, London IA group and ATypI. He has spoken at numerous conferences on user experience design 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 loves mountain biking and cycling generally and recently rode all 100 miles of the South Downs Way with fellow Clealeft cyclist Jon.

For some reason Richard still buys CDs and vinyl, and is often 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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  • Weeknotes #107 2nd May 2016

    It's been another busy week. So busy in fact that most people were too busy to say what they've been busy doing.

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