Portrait of Richard Banks

Richard Banks

Principal Design Manager


I work in the Human Experience & Design group with Abigail Sellen, focusing on the design of new user experiences for people’s everyday lives. With others in this interdisciplinary team we’re focused on the reality of life. It’s complex, frantic and unique to each individual and family, and 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.


Physical Charts

Established: September 23, 2014

The physical charts are an attempt to make data and data visualisations legible to ordinary people in their daily lives. In response to the increasing sophistication of data visualisations and the seemingly unquestioning quest for novelty, the charts make playful…


Established: July 10, 2014

Climatology gives you climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain and sunniness. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is…

The Future of Writing

Established: November 16, 2011

The Future of Writing was a design project commisioned by Microsoft Research Cambridge and the Microsoft Office team, in the summer of 2011, from the Royal College of Art in London. In this project five teams of design alumni from…

Things We’ve Learnt About…

Established: August 3, 2011

"Things We've Learnt About.." is a regular publication from the Socio-Digital Systems team that summarises our work around a specific theme in a way that we hope is interesting, insightful and inspirational. And most importantly, succinct. The magazine is available…

A Memory Making System

Established: May 10, 2010

This system, created in the Socio-Digital Systems group, examines the issue of family archiving and presents a system designed to enable families to capture, manage, create and store new kinds of digital memorabilia. The system, using Microsoft Surface as its hub,…








The Future of Writing
Professor Anthony Dunne, Richard Banks, Alex Taylor, Onkar Kular, David Benqué, Dash Macdonald, Demitrios Kargotis, Kobe Barhad, Nicolas Myers, Sascha Pohflepp, Chris Woebken, Kellenberger–White, Tim Regan, October 1, 2011, View abstract, Download PDF


Opening Up the Family Archive
Dave Kirk, Shahram Izadi, Abigail Sellen, Stuart Taylor, Richard Banks, Otmar Hilliges, in Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW 2010), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., February 1, 2010, View abstract, Download PDF




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.