Richard Banks

Designer, creator, and Technologist in the United Kingdom

Richard Banks

Designer, creator, and Technologist in the United Kingdom

Richard is Principal Design Manager for Microsoft Research in their research lab in Cambridge, UK. His team works in partnership with social and computer science on a number of multi-disciplinary projects focused on themes such as Healthcare, Gaming and the Future of Work.

He is part of the Human Experience & Design Group, which explores the boundaries of technology, creativity and society through a human-centered lens. 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.

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.

See Richard's work and publications on the Microsoft Research website.

  • Work
    • Microsoft Research
  • Education
    • Royal College of Art