Based in San Francisco, Thomas Richardson leads The Cohl Group’s interactive practice.
Previously, as director of interactive communications at Cornell University, Thomas led the comprehensive university-wide endeavor to completely overhaul and redesign the entire interactive experience of Cornell across each of the university’s centers, institutes, schools, colleges, and campuses. In addition to serving as the senior advisor to committee charged with rebranding the entirety of Cornell University, Richardson led all web and multimedia production efforts, digital strategy, and online communications. Focused on linking user behavior and rich content, Richardson’s efforts culminated in award-winning work that revolutionized interactive communications within American higher education, setting a new standard for user experience in the space. Not only was Richardson’s work featured in Science Magazine, The New York Times, NPR, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, CASE honored the sites with Communication Gold Medals for “Explore Cornell” and its 2002 “Best Website” awards.
Prior to Cornell, Richardson managed award-winning UX design, development and online communications teams from successful startups to international Fortune 500 corporations—spanning from higher education to the financial services, advertising and travel industries.
Richardson earned the 2006 Western Union Innovation Award for his work leading the redesign of Western Union’s global interactive experience—and, more importantly, the prestigious 5K Award Flickr sponsored by co-founder, Stewart Butterfield, for building a compelling website in less than 24 hours, using less than 5 kilobytes.
Richardson earned an MFA in Film Production and Screenwriting from Ohio University School of Film, where he was awarded a place in the Thai-US Film Exchange Program at Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok. Richardson holds his BA in Philosophy from Indiana University-Bloomington.