jonathan barnbrook at biennale of sydney 2010
 
jonathan barnbrook at biennale of sydney 2010 jonathan barnbrook at biennale of sydney 2010
may 21, 2010

jonathan barnbrook at biennale of sydney 2010

detail of corporate identity for the 17th biennale of sydney designed by barnbrook

british graphic designer and typographer jonathan barnbrook was commissioned to create an expansive visual identity for the 17th biennale of sydney 2010 in australia, including the catalogue. he developed the corporate identity as a modular system so that it could be arranged in various ways.

corporate identity for the 17th biennale of sydney designed by barnbrook

view of cockatoo island with official signage –  barnbrook developed the biennale’s visual identity image © designboom

according to jonathan barnbrook: ‘design shapes the environment, changing the way we perceive things and informing our choices. design is a culturally valid form of expression with something to say’.

17th biennale of sydney city banners by barnbrook

‘a cock or two: a prison, a gallery’, 2010 typographic phrase on aluminium sheet photo by designboom

barnbrook has also created a series of site-specific typographic phrases ‘a cock or two’, which appear across cockatoo island, the main venue of the biennale. here the design reads ‘a prison, a gallery. both rarified spaces, a confidence trick means residence here.’

‘a cock or two: a prison, a gallery’, 2010 typographic phrase on aluminium sheet image © designboom

‘a cock or two: ships were once built here’, 2010 typographic phrase on aluminium sheet image © designboom

‘ships were once built here, across the water, to see the newest empty vessels.’

‘a cock or two: ships were once built here’, 2010 (detail) typographic phrase on aluminium sheet photo by designboom

‘the cockatoos still continue to preen themselves while we all applaud’ typographic phrase on aluminium sheet image © designboom

jonathan barnbrook portrait © designboom

‘no danger of attack. great white toothless (and very, very rich) sharks bask here’ typographic phrase on aluminium sheet image © designboom

jonathan barnbrook was born in luton, UK in 1966. since graduating in graphic design from st. martin’s school of art and the royal college of art in london, jonathan barnbrook has developed a multi-faceted practice that includes activism, graphic and typeface design, industrial design and motion graphics. he has previously art directed for adbusters, the anti-corporate collective.

  • this is a nice change from corporate shit.
    love it

    samah says:
  • barnbrook is so good. shame he’s such a wanker in person.

    jerry says:
  • Jerry, pity you seem to be such a wanker as a person who wants to post childish personal insults at Barnbrook. I had the pleasure of being in a Barnbrook workshop and the guy gave his all. Direct but generous. Also seems to be one of the more honest people in design who isnt into telling you how great he is but wants to make design a better area to work in.

    davor says:

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