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I'm Richard Williams but I'm also Dos Rios. The reason for that is because Dos Rios is a lot easier to say in Spanish than Richard Williams.


FAQ

This stuff looks pretty cool. Can I afford you?

Put it this way, I'm cheaper than a plumber.

There used to be something about you being a writer on here. What's that all about then?

For a few years I worked as a copywriter. I was banging out sales manuals, corporate whitepapers, financial forms, web copy, video scripts, radio adverts and various other forms of 'marketing collateral'. The clients I worked with were the likes of IBM, MoneyGram, Wells Fargo, Lloyds TSB, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Lenovo and White Stuff. During that period I led the team that produced the Design Business Association’s ‘Inclusive Design Challenge 2008’ award winning entry ‘Mindbook’. And then there's the Mid Hampshire Observer, West Hampshire Observer and the Basingstoke Independent. For four years I had co-responsibility for the writing, editing, design and production of these three newspapers which went out weekly to 60,000 homes. I was also editor/designer of the monthly sports magazine Sweat, a lifestyle magazine called La Vida and the design, building, update and editorial content of the paper’s website.

I'm a geek and I'd like to know what list of equipment you'd put in really small letters at the end of a forum posting.

The number one machine is a 13" MacBook Pro running El Capitan. Main software for design stuff would be InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. If I'm not using Squarespace for web stuff then I use the Foundation framework coupled with Brackets for writing the HTML and CSS, and Filezilla for FTP. For writing normal words I use iA Writer and for music I use Logic.

Music?

Yes. Me and my singing friend Sara have duo called Gracie. It sounds like two people trying to fight their way out of a difficult chord change. Lots of live recordings and mistakes can be found here. And I'm also writing the music for a theatre piece about Mary Shelley.

Have you ever / would you ever tell other people how to do this stuff?

Back in the day I was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Winchester. I taught modules on Design, Publicity and Marketing, Arts Management and Event Promotion on the Performance Management BA (Hons) course and Arts Marketing and Publicity on the Creative Industries Foundation course. These modules took the students through marketing plans and concepts, copywriting, print and web design, specialist and non-specialist media, liaising with the press, budgets and event management. So yes, I have and I would again.

What kind of people do you work for?

All sorts. Because of my background I've worked with a lot of people in the creative industries, but it doesn't stop there. I've designed lots of different things for lots of different people - including Hampshire County Council, Winchester City Council, Bristol City Council, the University of Winchester, Royal Holloway College, English National Ballet School, Spanish Wedding Planner, Circus Futures, Occasional Cabaret, Winchester Film Festival, Blue Apple Theatre, a couple of pubs, an estate agent, artists Jenny Muncaster, Steve Powell and Saloarte, musicians John Parish, Peter Bruntnell and James Knights, the Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival and many more.