Portrait of Richard Banks

Richard Banks

Principal Design Manager


Richard is Principal Design Manager for Microsoft Research in their lab in Cambridge, UK. His team work in partnership with social and computer science, looking at The Future of Work. Much of Richard’s current focus is on new issues and opportunities raised by artificial intelligence for both people, as well as the design profession more specifically. This is part of a broader interest in exploring the boundaries of technology, creativity and society through a human-centered lens.

Richard is author of “The Future of Looking Back”, a book which focuses on new digital legacies and their potential impact on memory and reminiscing. He is honorary Professor of Design for the University of Dundee and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He holds 44 patents in a broad range of technology areas. Richard joined Microsoft Research in early 2006, and before that spent ten years working as a design manager on many of Microsoft’s major products, including Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows.

In addition to his day job Richard likes to paint people.