The master of keeping things simple


Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is best known for his bold typographic, text-based compositions. His bold, persuasive and to the point style of communication has lead his work to be held in the permanent collections of the V&A in London and Cooper-Hewitt in New York, as well as having exhibited at galleries around the world including the Barbican Art Gallery, the Walker Art Center and the Design Museum, London.

I do work with more abstract imagery that’s more visually colourful, but the text stuff is the most direct. It’s about a very simple message, communicated in the simplest way. The phrases are things that I hear in conversation. Things that are quite everyday, really, but when you make them into a poster and the typography’s very strong and bold, it seems to give them an importance.

Anthony’s methods are informed by the simple production methods that he learnt at college: screenprint, letterpress, photocopying and hand lettering. During the digital revolution typography went through a strange period where type became illegible, layered, textured and impossible to read. Over the past ten years we seem to have returned to a simpler form of communication. There is still endless experimentation and a huge range of visual styles and approaches, but the aim now is to communicate – which is exactly the pinnacle of Anthony’s work.

We’re big fans of Anthony’s work and we’ve been loving his most recent book, Make It Now!; a great resource of life-affirming new thinking, creative problem solving and approaches to getting things done – we’re looking forward to hearing all about it on the Something Good stage.