Responsive Projects Launches with Jonathan Barnbrook (BNE)
Meet renowned UK designer and activist Jonathan Barnbrook. Jonathan is touring Brisbane to discuss the theme of ‘Citizen’ at the launch of Responsive Projects on Thursday 1 November, 2012. Note: This will be Jonathan's only appearance down under.
Jonathan Barnbrook is a British designer renowned for his politically-charged work. Combining original typography with an outspoken social conscience and a sense of wit and irony, Barnbrook’s practice demonstrates his belief that design shapes our environment, changing our perceptions and informing our choices.
Barnbrook founded his London studio in 1990 and later established his type foundry, Virus Fonts, in 1997. As one of the UK’s most active designers, he produces work for both commercial and non-commercial clients, designs typefaces, and regularly completes other self-initiated projects. Forthright and sharply observant, Barnbrook creates work that frequently subverts dominant political and cultural standards.
HOST KEVIN FINN:
Kevin Finn is recognised as being one of the most respected graphic designers in Australia. Having begun his career in Dublin with the studio that produces all the design material for Irish rock legends U2, Finn left Ireland to explore the world. This led him to Saatchi Design, Sydney, where he held the position of Joint Creative Director for seven years, winning numerous national and international awards, including a D&AD Yellow Pencil and a Type Directors Club Judges Choice.
Responsive Projects is a platform to facilitate new dialogues in design. Valuing participation and collaboration with audience and speakers alike, Responsive Projects brings together leading designers to respond to a theme, provoking critical discussion on contemporary issues.
Rather than framing design as an individualistic creative activity, Responsive Projects looks at where design fits as a key element in our cultural, societal, and economic ideologies. The aim is to cultivate a community around progressive thinking and inspiring visual communication.