Why fonts make us feel
A scientific study exploring the emotional impact of type.
After studying the emotional influence of typography in the UK amongst English speakers (see details below 👇) we wanted to know: What would happen if we ran the same study in different countries and languages? We recently commissioned a version of the study for native French speakers, using the same brand values of quality, trust, and innovation. Language, typography, and culture are all inextricably linked, and we were curious to see whether results would differ based on these factors, and by how much.
Senior Director, Brand, Monotype.
James oversees the development of Monotype’s brand as the Senior Director of Brand and was integral in bringing this research to fruition. Prior to Monotype, James spent the best part of a decade working in the design studios of Burberry, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney, amongst others. Partnering with emerging brands and more established heritage brands, he was involved in both defining, and maintaining the creative.
Senior Creative Type Director, Monotype.
Phil is a Creative Type Director and type designer with many years of experience in the design and engineering of fonts for global brands. Working in collaboration with design studios and global clients, Phil understands the creative and business needs of brands looking to build continuity with type.
Brand Designer, Monotype.
Marie is a Brand Designer at Monotype, working at the crossroads between typography and branding. She's involved in custom type projects and on typeface releases. After studying both linguistics and type design, she still finds it incredibly exciting to explore the relationship between written information and the visual form of language.
Chief Operating Officer, Neurons.
Over the last 8 years, Mike has worked with neuroscience and behavioral science together for clients like Meta, TikTok, IKEA, and more.
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Marie Boulanger, brand designer at Monotype, presented at Brand Talks London in November 2022, giving an overview of our ongoing research into the neuroscience of typography.
We recently packed up our recording gear and traveled to Adobe MAX, one of the largest creative conferences in the world, to scan people’s brains (yes, really) and connect with creatives just like you. Listen to the episode to find out more.
Terrance Weinzierl, Creative Type Director at Monotype, presented at Brand Talks Austin in December 2022, giving an overview of our ongoing research into the neuroscience of typography.
It’s that time again. You’re at your desk, and it’s time to begin your new design project. First, you have to choose a font. To begin, you scroll through a list of fonts online and find yourself bombarded by the multitude of options. The number of fonts available is overwhelming. After several hours of researching, you finally find one type family you like, but you’re not sure how it will translate to mobile view. You jump to another option, but wonder if the font style will align with your target consumer.
Phil Garnham, Senior Type Director at Monotype, presented the results of a scientific study that qualitatively and quantitatively proves the influence of type.