Jonathan Barnbrook

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BornJonathan Barnbrook_header_cell_0_1_0 1966 (age 53–54)

Luton, EnglandJonathan Barnbrook_cell_0_1_1

OccupationJonathan Barnbrook_header_cell_0_2_0 Graphic designer and typographerJonathan Barnbrook_cell_0_2_1

Jonathan Barnbrook (born 1966), is a British graphic designer, film maker and typographer. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_0

He trained at Saint Martin's School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, both in London. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_1

Work Jonathan Barnbrook_section_0

Barnbrook designed the cover artwork of David Bowie's 2002 album Heathen, where he used his 'Priori' typeface for the first type. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_2

He went on to design the sleeves for Reality, The Next Day and Bowie's final work Blackstar, each with their own specially-designed typography. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_3

He cites record cover artwork as an early design influence, and possibly the interest that drew him to graphic design, with other covers including ones for John Foxx, Tuxedomoon and Cult with No Name. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_4

Barnbrook is also a font designer and has released fonts including Bastard, Exocet, False Idol, Infidel, Moron, Newspeak, Olympukes, Sarcastic, Shock & Awe. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_5

Many have emotive and controversial titles reflecting the style and themes of Barnbrook's work. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_6

His font Mason, originally released as Manson, is available from Emigre. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_7

From 1997–2003 Barnbrook collaborated with Young British Artist Damien Hirst, mainly on the design, layout and typography of his book I Want To Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now, and on artwork associated with his restaurant Pharmacy. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_8

Barnbrook lives and works in London. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_9

A recurring theme of Barnbrook's graphic design is the series of personal responses to political events, which often follow or develop detournement methods. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_10

He describes as a major influence to his work "an inner anger which is a response to all the unfairness that is in this world". Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_11

He has stated his ambition to use "design as a weapon for social change". Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_12

He was a signatory to the First Things First 2000 manifesto, in which graphic designers pledged to "put their skills to worthwhile use'"and address the "unprecedented environmental, social and cultural crises" that they saw in the world. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_13

In 2001 Barnbrook made a work entitled Designers, stay away from corporations that want you to lie for them, a quote from Tibor Kalman; it took the form of a large-format advertising billboard and was first displayed in Las Vegas during a convention for members of AIGA, the American 'Professional Association for Design'. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_14

Barnbrook has also contributed work to, and been art director of two editions of, Adbusters, a graphically-designed magazine devoted to political and social causes, and run by an organisation aiming to "advance the new social activist movement of the information age". Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_15

Work in Japan Jonathan Barnbrook_section_1

Barnbrook is well known in Japan. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_16

His studio completed the logo and corporate identity for Roppongi Hills, the largest post war development in Tokyo, and also worked on the corporate identity of Mori Arts Center and Mori Art Museum. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_17

He has also worked for Shiseido. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_18

Contemporary culture Jonathan Barnbrook_section_2

An exhibition of Barnbrook's work entitled Friendly Fire ran between June and October 2007 at the Design Museum in London. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_19

The exhibition included work in response to the first and second Iraq conflicts, the First Things First Manifesto, examples of Barnbrook's typography and film work. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_20

A 320pp hardback collection of his work – 'The Barnbrook Bible' – was published in 2007. Jonathan Barnbrook_sentence_21

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