The Personal Disquiet of

Mark Boulton

Moving on from Monotype

– April 21st, 2017 –

Last week was my last week working at Monotype. It’s been a whirlwind three years and I’ve learnt a lot. Of course, I’ll miss my colleagues and what’s left of the team we built at Mark Boulton Design.

But now it’s time for other things. But what things? Well, I see two paths in front of me.

We’re at a really interesting inflection point in the industry. Organisations are still figuring out how to invest in design. Design leadership is a scarce commodity. The impact of design at all levels – from product and commerce to strategy and research – is having a challenging time to find a symbiotic relationship with business. I can help there.

The other path for me is consulting. Many organisations are either not ready to commit to building design capacity on a full-time basis, or rolling back in-house design commitment after a failure to some degree. Maybe they are just starting out. Or it’s simply a matter of budgets and structuring. Regardless, I saw this a lot when I ran an agency. It’s why and how we got the work. I can help here, too.

I’ll be taking a few weeks off, but then I’ll be looking to commit to one of these paths. If you’re looking for a design leader, or you maybe have a project you think I could help with, then get in touch.

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