Designer, Developer, Maker of things…

I have a background in interaction design, and several years’ experience in news and editorial, working for organisations such as The Times, BBC, The Telegraph and Channel 4 News. Currently I offer creative front-end development and design consultancy for branding and digital studios, both in the UK and internationally.

My specialisms are styling/layout systems, patterns and component libraries, navigation, animation and responsive layout. Favourite tools include: Craft, Wordpress, SASS, Tailwind, jQuery, Vue JS, Git, Gulp, and Webpack. I’m intrigued by the intersection of design and engineering and I’m always working to bridge that gap between disciplines.

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Freelance – Design & Development
July 2015 - January 2020

The Telegraph – Senior UI Designer
April 2015 - July 2015

BBC – UX Designer
May 2013 - April 2015

The Times – Digital Designer
March 2011 - May 2013


Hi there! I’m Rory Pickering, a freelance Front-end Developer and Interaction Designer based in Bristol, UK. Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or drop me an email


Editorial, Web

Established in 2001, Fréttablaðið is Iceland's most-read newspaper. As lead front-end developer, I formed part of a 3-person team commissioned to bring the paper online. I saw the project through from design conception to launch, and on-going feature development.

We developed and equipped the editorial team with a huge variety of responsive templates tailored to the newspaper's content including articles, galleries, features and live stories. The design was built on a modular grid with particular care and attention given to typography and imagery to complement the print edition.

In collaboration with Studio Hunter and Josh Angell

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