The Personal Disquiet of

Mark Boulton

I’m a typographic designer living in south Wales.

I’m the Design Director at Monotype; member of the International Society of Typographic Designers; author of Designing for the Web and Web Standards Creativity; Britpack alumni and co-creator of Gridset

From 2006, I ran a design company called Mark Boulton Design until we were acquired by Monotype in April 2014. During my time running Mark Boulton Design, I worked with global media companies such as ESPN and Al Jazeera; small brands with big stories like Hiut Denim; technology organisations such as Drupal and Alfresco; oh, and CERN, that place in Switzerland that invented the web and discovered the Higgs Boson.

Together with my wife, Emma, I co-founded community publisher Five Simple Steps in 2009 before moving on to other things in 2014. Initially an exercise in self-publishing for my book, Designing for the Web, Five Simple Steps quickly grew into an important voice in the web industry. We’re proud of what we built there.

I can be found speaking at conferences all over the place on topics such as design, typography and responsive design. I’ve spoken at South by South West, An Event Apart, Do Lectures, Web Directions South, Future of Web Design. I’m taking 2015 off, but if you want me at your event in 2016, let me know.

Prior to running my own studio, I was previously lead designer at the BBC in Wales following several years working in agencies in London, Sydney and Manchester, UK. Designing websites and applications with clients such as British Airways, T-Mobile, Toyota, Vodafone and Commonwealth Bank.

These days, I can be found staring at type and wondering how it fits with how designers do their day to day work.

Photo credit: Littlemad