Portrait of Richard Banks

Richard Banks

Principal Design Manager


I work in the Human Experience & Design group with Abigail Sellen, and  run the design team for the Microsoft Research lab in Cambridge, UK as a whole. We put an emphasis on multi-disciplinary team work, crossing the boundaries of technology, creativity and society.

We focus on the design of new user experiences for people’s everyday lives. Life is complex, often frantic and unique to each individual, family and workplace.  Traditional software and technology solutions don’t usually fit smoothly into it. We’re looking at ways in which technology can fit into the complexities of life, rather then insisting on the reverse.





In addition to project work I maintain a blog about technology trends. This primarily contains pointers and extracts from articles about new technologies and the ways in which people are using them.