Johnathon Barnbrook’s talk turned out to be very interesting and insightful, his designs are deceptively simple looking in design, but deeper study reveals designs are well crafted and structured.It is clear this is a designer who has learnt his craft well. Jonathan is an activist which displayed work at V&A and Dismaland. Jonathan created free designs and fonts for the protesters to use in order to help the Occupy London.
Amicable and willing to discuss his work, it is evident his work and what and why he creates for is very important to him. The sheer volume of work he did for David Bowie in the period leading up to the musical icon’s death is testament to his dedication, Bowies final album, due for release soon features graphics and indivdual fonts designed by Barnbrook specifically for the singer. Also among his achievements Barnbrook created the MASON typeface, of which he says was inspires by a mix of architecture and nature joined by a common identity, i.e. a gothic church, or the stance of a still biting, stinging insect. The gothic qualities so obvious in the font bought it to the attention of the Harry Potter movie makers.
From Barnbrook company website:
‘Barnbrook is one of the most well-known creative studios in Britain.
Our team of designers specialise in producing innovative books, corporate identities, CD covers, custom fonts, websites and magazines. Our clients range from international museums to charitable organisations. We have worked and won many awards in the area of motion graphics working for clients such as the BBC and Grey Advertising alongside producing self-initiated projects. Barnbrook also releases original fonts through VirusFonts that are used extensively worldwide. Our contribution to graphic design was recognised by a major exhibition at the Design Museum, London in 2007.’