Ian Field-Richards

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I am a UI designer and digital artist, living in the UK. Currently I work for deviantART.com, the world's largest online art community, as
Director of the User Interface Department.


As UI Director for deviantART, I manage a team of highly skilled remote designers

We deliver functional specs, mockups and prototypes for implementation by the engineering development teams. My team work both remotely, in places as fair afield as Croatia and Canada, and locally in our head office based in Los Angeles.

  • UI
  • UX
  • Lead Designer
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • jQuery
DreamUp is a new collaborative platform from deviantART that allows Clients to work with the world's best creative pros.

I am currently the Art Director for this project. The site is launched to beta invites only as of January 2013.

  • UI
  • UX
  • Art Direction
  • Responsive Design
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • jQuery
Personal Art
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What do I do?

As Director of the deviantART User Interface Department, I manage a team of highly skilled UI and UX designers. Being a team leader brings its own rewards, but I still remain hands-on in my work too. I love creating simple, elegant web designs, writing the code which powers an intuitive experience. My current chosen speciality within my team is Interaction Design.
My work extends to the complete family of products that deviantART owns. I am the lead designer and art director on projects such as DreamUp.com and deviantART Muro their HTML5 image creation platform.

In my spare time I also act as consultant on various external projects, most recently leadsingle a crowd sourced music database.


  • Specialist User Interface, User Experience and Front End design skills, including Responsive Design, Interaction Design, design for accessibility and disability compliance.
  • Technical skills include: HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills, managing diverse teams and resources across multiple timezones and business cultures
  • Ability to work under pressure with excellent time management and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Management and resource planning through recruitment, training and appraisals of staff
  • Experience of working in security cleared environments and working with discretion


  • Personal artwork published in many forms, including Ballistic Publishings “Expose” and “Exotique” books
  • National Award Winning print designs
  • Developed innovative solutions for Government, Defence, Security, Aviation and Training industries
  • Provided interface design consultancy to major public sector clients
  • Art Director for for deviantART.com Version 6 and 7 (current)
  • Art Director for dreamup.com
    (Beta Launched Late 2012)
  • Lead UI designer for deviantART muro, an acclaimed HTML5 digital painting tool
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What makes me tick?

Whilst I enjoy the challenges that working for a major social network brings, my heart belongs to the following: my art, design of every kind, loosing myself in wikipedia articles, the beauty of CSS, cycling, playing guitar, making lego houses with my young daughters and reading pulp sci-fi and Terry Pratchett novels.

I also do random HTML/CSS tutorials from time to time. I've even been known to do silly things like this to amuse myself.

What people say about me

Ian is an amazingly talented creative [designer] and leader. I am incredibly thankful to have worked with, and learned from Ian. In my time working with him at deviantART he was always incredibly insightful in not only bettering the project, but also his team. Long collaborative UI chats combined with the conversation of a friend were a common and welcomed event.

His ability to lead while keeping communication lighthearted, open and informal made the generally feared term 'boss' melt away. It was actually a pleasure to report to Ian - he set the bar for the creative lead role I strive for in my future.

Ian's ability to manage a team while simultaneously creating and iterating upon multiple UI tasks of his own is nothing short of incredible! Travis Silverman Creative Director at Callisto.fm
…He is not only very efficient at managing the design team and ensures that their output is of a high standard, but he also has a strong desire to continue raising the bar - whether it is the aesthetic of the site, the innovative user experience, or even the internal processes between design and other teams. He is willing to try new approaches and always encourages others to give their input… Chinmay Lonkar Product Manager, deviantART
Quotes taken from Linkedin
...When it comes to design, he has that vital ability to judge when a design needs to be bold and make a statement and when it needs to fade below the user's awareness and be a subtle guide to their user experience.

He's tireless in his willingness to iterate designs until they meet his exacting standards for user experience, and when a design is settled on, he has the ability to communicate it effectively to all involved parties. Speaking as a developer, I have great appreciation for his ability to produce mock-ups and red-lines that even a design-illiterate can implement... Sam Graham Developer, deviantART
Simply put, Ian is one of the best human beings I've ever had the privilege to work with. He is diligent, responsible, talented, and clever. He is also very comfortable sharing his opinion, which is important for a designer. I've come to depend upon him for his insight and point of view in all matters of UI design, and do so without hesitation. Ryan Ford Creative Director, deviantART
Ian is highly talented and very thoughtful of the work that he completes. He is highly dedicated and goes above and beyond what is requested of him. His work is always delivered in a timely manner. Michael Halpert Product Manager, deviantART

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