• Richard the director

    Richard, 2008, Leamington.

  • Richard, Licorice and Peter

    Best Friends.

  • Bill on Bodmin

    Bill on Bodmin Moor.

  • In my favourite hat

    Richard, Bristol, April 2013.

  • With Licorice; walking around Wolverhampton

    Richard and Licorice, Wolverhampton, early 1990s.

  • Our First Bristol House

    Our Hippy House, Bristol, 1990s.

  • Me and Bill, at my brother's wedding

    Fools at a Wedding!

  • Portrait taken by Toni Peach

    Richard, portrait, 2013.

  • An 80s hairstyle

    Nick, Nuneaton, 1980s.

  • Phil with dreadlocks

    Philip juggling, Bristol 1990s.

  • Rich, Jarred and Nix

    Three Friends, Leamington, 2012.

  • Tim with ‘Kiss My Axe’

    Tim, Glastonbury Festival 1998.

  • Richard on the beach

    Young Richard, Bristol, 1990s.

About Me

I'm a bit geeky really... but that's fine, it's cool these days. 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 and Social Context which emphasized working creatively with numerous groups. There was always encouragement to contextualise work within the wider social environment, the people. In my effort to further my study in the new area of web publishing - I began to mark-up all of my work reports for the internet.

The 2000s

In the 2000s, I pursued a career within the community arts field and worked with many different groups on a variety of art projects. I also continued producing my own artwork and had some success in securing public art commissions, having a few exhibitions as well as an artist's residency. Within many of these projects I utilized my web and graphic design skills.

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 CSS skills, expand and explore these with SASS; learn more about PHP coding; JavaScript; JQuery as well as Accessible and Responsive Design.

Richard Proffitt
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