Richard Banks

Designer, Creator, Artist and Technologist based in the United Kingdom

Is it funny? Maybe. It's dated. I'm not laughing out loud. There are some amusing one-liners.

Some of the essays are really relevant to my work (thinking about dynamic systems and AI). The diary itself is a strange mixture of the reassuringly mundane + a constant search for ideas + amazing creative output + famous people.


About Me

Design, AI & Technology

I'm a Principal Design Manager for Microsoft Research in their lab in Cambridge, UK. I focus on the issues and opportunities raised by artificial intelligence for people. I'm currently working on Project Alexandria, an AI system for making knowledge useful at work.


I'm the author of “The Future of Looking Back”, a book which focuses on new digital legacies and their potential impact on memory and reminiscing.


I'm honorary Professor of Design at the University of Dundee, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and holder of 44 patents in a broad range of technology areas.

Design and Creativity

I don't see a real separation between work and home. I don't mean that I have a problem with my work/life balance. I see the process of design, and the boundaries of creativity, as something that crosses both.


Maybe because of this I'm the initator of random skills. In addition to the painting and photography at the top of the page, I keep on starting new, small hobbies. Like these.

Copyright Richard Banks, 2020