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Richard Stephenson

I am 37 years old. I was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire. I come from a long line of farmers. My Dad, Mum and brother run the farm (near Goodmanham) - no animals, just crops. I was never very interested in it so I studied art at school in Pocklington and college in York. I received a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design specialising in design for screen from Coventry University in 1998.

I live in Portland, Oregon and work for AKQA on the Nike account. I mostly help build I like living in the city but like to head back to the countryside every few weeks to cleanse my lungs.

I used to play a lot of rugby for Pocklington and Driffield in this country and for Waverley in Sydney, Australia. I don't play anymore thanks to various knee injuries so I spend my time working out in the gym instead. I love body pump classes and running.

I have spent a couple of years living in Australia and I absolutely love the place. In fact I'd quite like to live there again.

I attend as many web conferences and geek get togethers as I can afford.

Work history

I graduated from Coventry University in 1998 and have been working in web site design ever since. I've had a few different roles and have worked on many different projects both in the public and private sectors.

I've got lots of experience across many different disciplines. These include: project management, information architecture, user interface design, front-end development, visual/graphic design, Flash development and back-end programming. My main areas of focus these days are interface design and front-end development.


  1. Senior Web Developer for AKQA, London (Since March 2012)
  2. Producer / Lead Front End Developer for Fudge, Greater Manchester (May 2011-Mar 2012)
  3. Digital Manager for The Chase, Manchester (May 2010-May 2011)
  4. Freelance Website Designer/Developer (October 2009-May 2010)
  5. Senior Front-end Developer for AWA Digital, Leeds (May 2007-October 2009)
  6. Freelance Website Designer/Developer (April 2006-May 2007)
  7. Senior Website Designer/Developer for Vebra PLC, Pocklington (2002-2006)
  8. Senior Website Designer for Paradigm-ICT Ltd, Beverley (2001-2002)
  9. Website Designer for Paradigm-ICT Ltd (1999-2001)
  10. Junior Designer for Creativ Ltd, Driffield (1998)