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I'm a bit geeky... but that's fine, it's cool these day. I fell in love with HTML in the 90s when at the University of the West of England. I was studying a degree called Art & Social Context which emphasized working creatively with numerous groups. There was always encouragement to contextualise work within the w… Read More
I'm a bit geeky... but that's fine, it's cool these day. I fell in love with HTML in the 90s when at the University of the West of England. I was studying a degree called Art & Social Context which emphasized working creatively with numerous groups. There was always encouragement to contextualise work within the wider social environment.

Then came the dot com boom; share prices in internet companies plummeted and many were laid by the wayside. I have suffered my own personal challenges too; as a disabled person with bipolar disorder I have had my fair share of the ups and downs of life.

2000s
In the second half of the decade, and up to it's demise in 2012, I worked as the web designer for the Council of Disabled People (CDP).

Working for CDP I developed an interest in Disability Rights. I had always had a sense of social justice, and now I had more of a platform to explore it. Right now, Disabled People in the UK, and around the world, are facing cruel and unjust treatment. It's a question of human rights.

The Future
In terms of web development: more and continued user interaction; the web has always been more of a two-way experience than print media. People now write their own stories. A wider variety of devices are being used, so now we have to keep in mind a need for flexibility in design to look it's best on differing devices: mobiles, laptops, desktops and tablets. 'Responsive Design' seems to offer a number of 'best hope' solutions.

The new standard of HTML5 has been committed to by the major browsers along with companies like Apple and Google. But the dream of full browser ubiquity is still far-off. CSS3 gives web designers a whole new ‘set of tools’ but again, it's a long road ahead to full use and integration. Also, let's not forget all those of us who cling on to a 10 year-old browser.

In the future I hope to brush up my CSS3 skills; learn more about php coding; JavaScript; JQuery as well as accessible and responsive design. Read Less
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    Wake Your Mind Magazine — Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
  • Web Developer
    Disability Information Zone — Coventry, United Kingdom
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    Council Of Disabled People — Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Paul Tolley
CEO
Warwickshire CAVA

I have known Richard for over 10 years and he brings dedication and creativity to every role in which he is engaged.

Richard oversaw the full development and creation of a new and rebranded website for the Council of Disabled People Warwickshire and Coventry, of which I was the … Read More
Paul Tolley
CEO
Warwickshire CAVA

I have known Richard for over 10 years and he brings dedication and creativity to every role in which he is engaged.

Richard oversaw the full development and creation of a new and rebranded website for the Council of Disabled People Warwickshire and Coventry, of which I was the Service Manager at the time, taking a very static site into a new era, developing a strong brand identity for the organisation and a far more intuitive and interactive website for its users.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard for your web based or media project.




Mark Needle
Managing Director
Disability information Zone

A thoroughly talented and knowledgeable web/graphic designer. He is personable and understanding of all our needs and has gone way above and beyond to help us get the recognition we needed. We will continue to work with Richard for as long as possible. Read Less
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