Miguel Ripoll

Spanish digital pioneer, information architect and technologist, Miguel Ripoll has for more than two decades designed and coded innovative web, print, film and multimedia projects for prominent global brands, prestigious cultural foundations and top government agencies — his distinctive visual style exhibited in major art museums and featured in books and magazines all over the world.

After an auspicious start in the early days of the internet, helming the Financial Times Media & Telecom online division back in the nineties, Miguel worked for a few years as a creative director in London (Intervid, EyeToEye) building ground-breaking websites for British Telecom, ITV, Arthur Andersen, MoneyWorld, and Liberty, the iconic department store. Since launching his own independent studio practice in 2000, he has worked for major corporate clients in the US, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, advising the likes of Santander Bank, the Spanish government and many other private investment funds and companies on branding and digital transformation strategies.

Over the last twenty years, he has designed more than a hundred visually striking and technically innovative multimedia projects for leading institutions such as the Qatar Foundation, the University of California - Berkeley, Lund University in Sweden, Hofstra University, the University of Pennsylvania Press, Purdue University Press, the King Hassan II Fund, and the National Library in Morocco. He has also directed digital initiatives for the governments of Sweden, Iran, Syria, Libya and Spain (where he produced the official website for Salamanca, European Capital of Culture, and worked for the Ministry of Defence).

A leading expert in the design and coding of accessible and usable interfaces for complex information systems, he has recently built multi-author publishing platforms for Columbia University, Stony Brook University, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Historical Association, Princeton University, Sciences Po Paris, and Yale University.

His instantly recognisable visual style (which, in addition to web and print design, he has applied to several high-profile film and theatre projects), has also been seen at exhibitions in leading museums like the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, the Institut du Monde Arab in Paris, the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, and the Cervantes Institute.

Miguel was the first web designer ever to be exhibited at the Reina Sofía Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid, and his works are now part of the permanent collection of the Design Museum in Barcelona.

Featured in many books (The Web Design Idea Book, Contemporary Islamic Design, Designing with Type, Sexy Web Design, Hiatus, Net Work: Ethics and Values in Web Design, Type in Motion: Innovations in Digital Graphics — and twice on the cover of the annual The Web Design Index), as well as in publications like Communication Arts, Net Magazine, PCWord, Computer Arts, Web Design Magazine, Shift Japan, Creative Review, and Internet Magazine, Miguel Ripoll has been profiled in more than fifty interviews in Spanish newspapers, including cover stories in El Mundo, ABC and Información, and in-depth articles in Las Provincias, La Voz de Galicia, La Vanguardia, Expansión, and Emprendedores, as well as appearances on CNN, Deutsche Welle, the BBC, and all the main television networks in Spain. He was on the cover of the leading newspaper El País Semanal, for which he has also written several opinion pieces on technology and design.

He has directed two international web conferences, curated and designed exhibitions, and has been a keynote speaker at other major events like the Internet Global Conference, Intermedia, the Future of Web Design in London, etc. He was also president of the jury at the New Media RO Awards in Bucharest (Romania), and a jury member at the prestigious technology FPRJ Awards in Spain, with Nobel laureates Paul Berg, Illya Prigogine, Hamilton Smith, and Jerome Friedman.

Miguel was a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia for two years and has also been invited to lecture at Columbia University in New York, Trondheim University in Norway, Lund University in Sweden, and Liège University in Belgium. In Spain, he has taught seminars and master-classes on design, branding and web technologies at the University Carlos III in Madrid, University of Alicante, Nebrija University, University of Navarra, University of Tarragona, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, the MNCARS, and the IESE Business School.

Miguel Ripoll read History of Art and Musicology at the universities of Macerata and Bologna in Italy and graduated with Special Distinction at the University of London, where he also studied his MPhil in Literature and was a Visiting Lecturer at UCL. Fluent in five natural languages (Spanish, English, Italian, Catalan, and French — plus another four artificial ones: HTML, PHP, CSS and JavaScript), he has lived in seven countries, has written poetry and essays on literature, design and technology, and translated best-selling novels by Tom Sharpe and Alan Hollinghurst, published in Spain by Anagrama.

© by Miguel Ripoll 1997-2018.