France Rupert

France is a multi-faceted interaction designer with a career saturated in both design and technology, spanning a variety of industries. He is a fierce advocate of prototyping and balancing the powers of technology and design for an optimal and appropriate experience. At EightShapes he specializes in interaction design, prototyping, visual design, and HTML/CSS/JavaScript. His design portfolio includes design work for Yahoo!, Cisco, Oracle (née Sun MicroSystems), WebEx, Vovici, RCN, The Heritage Foundation, NCR, and the FDIC.

Prior to EightShapes, France founded and ran a user experience design consultancy. He spent 9 years at Sprint-Nextel where he held various UX positions and managed teams of designers, writers, and technologists. In early 2003 he led the redesign that saw it become the first Fortune 100 company to launch a site-wide Web Standards-based implementation.

France’s experience with responsive design and optimizing user experience for mobile devices led to his speaking at the 2009 Design for Mobile conference in Lawrence, KS. His talk, “Semantics and the Mobile Web” covered approaches designers can make transitioning from desktop web design with a heavy emphasis on the heightened role of POSH (plain old semantic HTML) on Mobile Web Design.


Semantics and the Mobile Web, 2009 Design for Mobile, Lawrence, KS