TDC Annual Awards1997-98, Non-Member's Gold Prize:
Jonathan Barnbrook


1997-98 Award Winners

Booth-Clibborn Editions Book
"I want to spend the rest of my life everywhere, with everyone, one to one, always, forever, now."

With the first monograph of Damien Hirst's work, it was decided that this should not be a traditional art book. The work is put into a contemporary design context, using short pieces of text rather than an academic essay to make the reading of it much easier. The complex graphic treatment rather than obscuring the work enhances the concepts that are being expressed in the work shown. The book features 'gimmicks' such as pop-ups and stickers. These try to make people see that although art deals with fundamental human concepts, it can also be fun and irreverent. It is rare that a designer can say that he has done something 'new.' With this book I at least hope that I have raised a few questions about the role of art in the wider context of society. If only one person who is not normally involved in art becomes interested in it because of this book then I will feel that I have achieved something.

Jonathan Barnbrook
Studied graphic design at St. Martins and the Royal College of Art from 1985-1992, since leaving college has worked as an independent graphic designer preferring not to turn what he does into a 'business,' instead to stay small and push the boundaries of graphic design. In addition to being graphic design has his own type company called virus and some of his fonts -exocet and mason released by the Californian font company Emigre. Recently has become more involved in moving image typography and live action directing through the production company Tony Kaye and Partners.