Monotype acquires Mark Boulton Design, a Welsh web design studio
In addition to custom work for brands such as CERN, ESPN and Al Jazeera, Mark Boulton Design has developed, marketed and sold the Gridset responsive layout tool
WOBURN, Mass. – April 8, 2014 — Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has acquired Mark Boulton Design Ltd., a seven-person Web design studio based in Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
Monotype acquired all outstanding shares of Mark Boulton Design Ltd. (a privately-held company) for approximately $1.75 million, including inducement awards of approximately $1.0 million in restricted common stock of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc., which is subject to vesting over four years based on continued employment. With the acquisition, Monotype gains recognized expertise in Web design and Web publishing, markets that have been identified as strategic to the company’s growth objectives. Employees of Mark Boulton Design will continue to work from their current locations.
“Mark Boulton Design brings to Monotype an intimate understanding of responsive design, in addition to a high standard of design excellence and execution that we look forward to integrating within our offerings,” said Doug Shaw, president and chief executive officer of Monotype. “With the new team on board, which adds to our already deep bench of talent, we’re positioning Monotype to better meet the responsive design requirements of our customers and ensure the best user experiences across all devices, platforms and media.”
“Great Web design comes from understanding the medium and how things fit together. We’re at the beginning of a remarkable time; a time when content is being consumed on multiple screens in wildly different ways. This is a challenge for brands and publishers, but it’s also a time when creativity and user experience are critical in delivering excellence, a philosophy that Monotype also shares,” said Mark Boulton of Mark Boulton Design. “We’re excited to be part of Monotype – and to help brands succeed on the Web.”
Boulton, who cofounded Mark Boulton Design in 2006 with his wife, Emma, has worked exclusively in Web design for more than 15 years. A recognized authority on Web design, Boulton is also a speaker and author, having written “A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web,” which details techniques for designing websites using the principles of graphic design. Prior to founding Mark Boulton Design, he was a graphic designer and art director serving a variety of well-known brands. With a background in traditional graphic and typographic design, Boulton is also a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and writes a design blog at markboulton.co.uk.
In addition to custom work for brands such as CERN, ESPN and Al Jazeera, Mark Boulton Design has developed, marketed and sold the Gridset responsive layout tool, which enables Web designers to use grid-system composition techniques as part of a responsive design process. Designers can dynamically build and apply various grids that are optimized for any number of devices. Monotype is currently evaluating the tool for use with the company’s Typecast™ application, an award-winning browser-based tool that lets designers more easily design Web pages with Web fonts.