Mark Boulton

Design Director, Monotype


From Hot Metal to HREFs: Leading digital design at Monotype

Mon 24 October 16

Monotype is a type foundry and global technology company. Mark’s job is leading digital design through a period of Monotype’s fastest and most diverse growth since it was founded 120 years ago. But, this isn’t a talk about Monotype. Rather what Mark has learnt over the last two years since joining the company. It’s a story of change, teams, typeface designers, branding and digital marketing, and of learning when to fight and when to give up. It’s a story of accepting that the role of design leadership has little to do with design.

About Mark Boulton

Mark is a typographic designer who found his place on the web sometime in the late 90’s. He is the Design Director at Monotype following the acquisition of his small studio, Mark Boulton Design. Previously he’s worked with global media companies such as ESPN and Al Jazeera; small brands with great ideas like Hiut Denim and Sugru; technology organisations such as Drupal and Alfresco; and home to the greatest scientic experiment on earth: CERN.

Living in Wales with his wife and two small children, Mark likes nothing better than riding up the numerous hills on his bike, trying to cook Japanese food, and consistently moaning about the design of bathroom taps.