Anthony Burrill


Anthony Burrill’s persuasive, up-beat illustration and design has been commissioned by cultural, social and commercial clients around the world from New York, to London to Tokyo. He has also gained a following in the design world for his innovative collaborations with friends and fellow artists, designers, print-makers and film-makers.

Burrill works across a range of media, including posters, moving image and three-dimensional work. He combines an instinctive handling of colour and composition with a witty approach to words. He has worked on advertising campaigns and posters for clients such as The Economist, the British Library and London Underground. He regularly collaborates with musicians and animators to make films, music promos and animations, using his distinctive visual vocabulary and passion for fusing sound and image. His installations and 3-D work have been commissioned by Colette in Paris and The Design Museum in London among others.

Printmaking is an important part of Burrill’s practice and he creates limited edition prints with slogans including “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” that have become mantras for the design community and beyond. Burrill has also taken part in group and solo exhibitions around the world – from London’s Kemistry Gallery to the Graphic Design Museum at Breda - and lectured and led workshops at numerous design events and educational institutions.

Burrill was born in Littleborough, Lancashire. After studying Graphic Design at Leeds Polytechnic he completed an MA in Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art, London. He now lives and works on the Isle of Oxney, Kent.


BITS MMXV International Workshop
Anthony Burrill
Presented by British Council Thailand
October 30, 2015.
1.00 pm. - 3.00 pm.
Typographic Association Bangkok (TAB)
Available slots : 10 person

“Creative Typeface Design”

I propose to lead an afternoon workshop exploring creative typeface design. The workshop will be hands on! The group will be asked to work on individual letterforms based on a simple grid using geometric shapes to create experimental characters. Initial ideas will be hand drawn on a small scale. If there is space and time available I would like to work towards large scale drawings of letterforms. I ran a similar workshop recently and the results were very interesting and creative.


BITS MMXV International Conference
Anthony Burrill
Presented by British Council Thailand
November 1, 2015.
Evening session
5th fl Auditorium, bacc.


Graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill will talk about how he finds inspiration in the familiar, looking beyond the world of design to seek out new ideas. Anthony's work is grounded in the every day, but aims to describe the world we live in with wit and invention.

Anthony loves typography, he is obsessed with it. Wherever he goes he takes photographs of letterforms, recording interesting fonts and unusual letterforms. He shares his love of type through social media, where it informs his work and provides inspiration.

Anthony will speak about a number of key projects, his work with traditional letterpress printers Adams of Rye, advertising campaigns for the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, socially engaged projects such as 'Oil & Water Do Not Mix', and 'Innocent Targets'. Together with recent projects for Google and Somerset House the talk will provide an engaging and thought provoking insight in to the role of this multi-disciplinary designer.