Ian Field-Richards

I am a UK-based UI/UX Design Manager, specialising in front-end development.

As UI Director for deviantART, I manage the team who deliver all the UI and UX for this top 100 website.
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 launched to the world in January 2013.

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If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

Currently I work for deviantART.com, the world's largest online art community, as Director of the User Interface Department.

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 and writing the code which powers an intuitive user experience.

As well as working on the full range of apps that deviantART maintains, such as sta.sh (cloud storage), sta.sh writer (document creation) and deviantART Muro (image creation). I am also the Art Director for DreamUp.com, a crowd sourcing project connecting creative professionals with clients.

In my spare time I also act as consultant on various external projects, most recently digmybrand and leadsingle. 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. Or you could see what I else I have to say in my blog.


  • 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

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.

Travis Silverman Director of UX & UI @ Graphicly

Ian is a brilliant yet humble artist and designer with compassion for his coworkers, empathy for and understanding of his users' needs and most importantly openness to new ideas. Working with him is fun and educational.

Kirti Chitnis CEO and Founder @ digmybrand

Ian 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 the internal processes between design and other teams.

Chinmay Lonkar Product Manager, Advertising Innovation @ Hulu

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. 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 Pivotshare

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.

Sam Graham Senior Developer @ deviantART

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