Today’s talk was by Johnathan Barnbrook who is a graphic designer, typographer and filmmaker. 

Barnbrook began his talk by speaking about his work for David Bowie’s album covers, billboards, animations for Time Square and various other means of advertisement. He shown us images which are from Bowie’s personal photographer, and how from working for Bowie, his work has since become tattoos on Bowie’s fans skin. His said: “it’s better to leave things open to interpretation when it comes to Bowie’s work” as people take different things from his work.  

 Barnbrook then showed his animation for David Bowie’s Black Star album which was shown in Time Square.  

He then moved on to talking about his work for Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston Supermare. Barnbrook spoke about the bus that he worked on for part of the exhibition, called Cruel, specifically the typeography.

The next topic was about putting up his own advertisements and working on Disobidient Objects for the V&A where they had cards which represented the museums voice on grey cards, and the makers voice on yellow cards. 

Next was about protest artwork which he had created, where he focused on a poster he made which can was instructions on how to make a mineral water bottle into a gas mask. 

Also he spoke about his work for Art Basel which is held in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami. He works on their catalogues, business cards, brochures etc. 

Next he moved onto talking about his work with typeography and his font designs being an expression of language. Barnbrook told us about his use of computers to create the typeface.     

Lastly he talked about his cover for Penguin Publishing’s book of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

I found Barnbrooks talk interesting because of the diversity of the forms of his work. I would have liked to hear more about his work with typography as this is something that I am very interested in. 


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