Anthony Burrill’s talk this week was really inspirational – he demonstrated that you can create powerful graphic posters with the use of short, witty phrases in simple bold black and white type. He explained that the work behind each poster is about the process rather than the finished piece and often uses traditional methods and techniques such as old letter press. One of Anthony’s projects, Oil & Water Do Not Mix, was a screen-printed poster made with oil collected from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Anthony’s career began in the advertising industry – I wonder if most of his phrases were inspired by media headlines and slogans? Something I am particularly interested in exploring more. Anthony was inspired by the posters used a lot during protests and political movements eg “Votes for Women” marches in the 1900’s.