Design systems in difficult places

Mark Boulton

Monotype

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Talk description: Gone are the days of knowing what our content is, where and when it’s being displayed, and what our users might be doing at the time. We’re all designing systems now. Modular bits and pieces designed to fit together flawlessly and responsively whenever the user needs it. Or are we happy designing in abstraction without getting our hands dirty with the real problems of web design: People problems, technology problems, content problems.

Mark has been working in large scale publishing design systems for a decade or so, and in this talk, he will walk through the challenging design systems he’s been involved with.

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.