Mark Boulton


I'm a typographic designer living in south Wales. I lead digital communications at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Previously, I was Design Director at Monotype. I'm a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers; author of Designing for the Web and Web Standards Creativity and co-creator of Gridset

From 2006, I ran a design studio 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 systems, graphic design on the web, and design leadership. I’ve spoken at South by South West, An Event Apart, Do Lectures, Web Directions South. If you'd like me to speak at your conference, please 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.