Anthony Burrill
Look & See

Master printmaker Anthony Burrill’s wonderful world of printed matter, presented through a personal selection of offbeat ephemera and typographic curiosities.

  • 21 days to go
  • 177 backers
  • £6,532.00 of £38,000.00 pledged
Funded 17%
  • 21 days to go
  • 177 backers
  • £6,532.00 of £38,000.00 pledged
Funded 17%

Overview

Look & See offers a very personal insight into the idiosyncratic influences and inspirations behind the creativity of Anthony Burrill, designer and letterpress guru. Selecting from his private collection of printed matter, lovingly gathered and curated throughout his career, this is a celebration of the pieces of paper that surround our everyday lives, offering a whimsical and, at times, almost philosophical perspective on how we view printed artefacts. Each piece is accompanied by an observation by Burrill that reveals his sensitive knowledge and understanding about design and its place it the real world. Beautifully crafted into a whole much greater than the sum of its delightful parts, this is a publication that will entrance and be treasured in equal measure.

Author
Anthony Burrill

Editor
Darren Wall

Genre
Graphic Design

Rewards

Book

  • Copy of Look & See
  • Your name in the book

Special edition

  • Boxed edition of Look & See
  • Look & See postcard set

Book + Print

  • Copy of Look & See
  • Your name in the book
  • Signed Look & See screen print

Special edition + print

  • Boxed edition of Look & See
  • Look & See postcard set
  • Signed Look & See screen print

Studio visit

  • A workshop day with Anthony Burrill
  • All previous rewards

Book Early bird #1

  • Copy of Look & See
  • Your name in the book
  • £10 off regular price

Book Early bird #2

  • Copy of Look & See
  • Your name in the book
  • £5 off regular price

Estimated delivery: May 2018

Funding deadline: Thursday, December 14 2017 8:00 pm UTC +00:00

All pledges will be refunded in full if the funding goal is not met within the allotted time

The book

Beautifully designed and printed, Look & See will feature found typography, illustrative oddities and appropriated design presented in Burrill’s distinctive reductive graphic style. Punctuating this journey will be sumptuous full bleed spreads – showing off the nuance and detail of selected pieces – and a specially commissioned photographic survey of Burrill’s archive and studio, in which readers will be able to appreciate the physicality of the collection and the space within which the book has been curated and designed.

A treasury of visual inspiration, Look & See has been conceived to be a covetable printed curiosity in its own right, with a cover screenprinted in three colours and in an elegant and tactile Bodonina binding, whereby cover boards are trimmed flush to the book-block and fastened with fabric tape. This edition of Look & See is exclusive to Volume.

  • 245 x 190 mm
  • 288 pages
  • Bodoniana binding
  • 3 colour screenprint cover

Pledge£25.00

The book + print

To accompany the launch of Look & See, Burrill has designed a poster only available as part of this Volume campaign. Capturing the feel of a visual miscellany, the poster shows Burrill’s exuberant, yet respectful, style found in some of the featured items. This poster reward – each one bundled with a copy of Look & See – will be hand screen-printed by Burrill in Kent and will reflect the superlative values for which his printed work is admired and collected.

  • 594 x 841 mm
  • 3 colour screenprint
  • Signed by the artist
  • Shipped in archival tube

Pledge£75.00

Anthony Burrill has a rare gift amongst designers: he does striking work, striking in its simplicity! Burrill enriches the typographic world by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Alan Kitching

Special edition

Nothing encapsulates Burrill’s art and craft better than this deluxe special edition, limited to only 250 copies.

Carrying on the visual themes developed for the book, Burrill has created a book-object of rare beauty: a signed and numbered copy of Look & See rests in a protective clamshell box featuring an original Burrill design.

Bundled in with each special edition are a pair of screenprinted Look & See postcards, only available as part of this reward.

  • Custom clamshell box
  • Includes exclusive postcard set
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Limited to 250 copies

Pledge£75.00

I’ve always loved the work of Anthony Burrill. I find the power of his messages really fascinating: at first one is presented with the obvious, but in utilising the right design and font, it becomes something so impactful!

Sarah Andelman

Studio visit

For a limited few, for whom the physical artefact is not enough, Volume is delighted to offer an exceptional opportunity to spend a day with Burrill as part of a small group studio visit. Guests will make their own travel arrangements to the UK and to Burrill’s local train station, where they will be collected and taken to his private house and studio in Essex and offered welcoming refreshments.

Burrill will provide a tour of his studio, including unique access to the personal archive from which the items in Look & See have been selected. Guests will be taken for lunch in an award-winning local pub, before visiting the legendary print-makers Adams of Rye, where they will receive a demonstration of hand-set letterpress type and get the opportunity to print their own postcards.

The tour makes a stop at another local pub for tea, before guests are returned to the train station with signed copies of Look & See, as well as a few surprise items to take home. Guests are sure to have a memorable day, leaving with a genuine appreciation of Burrill’s infectious enthusiasm, passion for print and love for all things designed.

Includes:

  • All travel to/from local train station
  • Refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea
  • All previous rewards
  • Surprise gifts

Pledge£500.00

Studio Visit

For a limited few, for whom the physical artefact is not enough, Volume is delighted to offer an exceptional opportunity to spend a day with Burrill as part of a small group studio visit. Guests will make their own travel arrangements to the UK and to Burrill’s local train station, where they will be collected and taken to his private house and studio in Kent and offered welcoming refreshments.

Burrill will provide a tour of his studio, including unique access to the personal archive from which the items in Look & See have been selected. Guests will be taken for lunch in an award-winning local pub, before visiting the legendary print-makers Adams of Rye, where they will receive a demonstration of hand-set letterpress type and get the opportunity to print their own postcards.

The tour makes a stop at another local pub for tea, before guests are returned to the train station with signed copies of Look & See, as well as a few surprise items to take home. Guests are sure to have a memorable day, leaving with a genuine appreciation of Burrill’s infectious enthusiasm, passion for print and love for all things designed.

Includes:

  • All travel to/from local train station
  • Refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea
  • All previous rewards
  • Surprise gifts

Pledge£500.00

The beauty of the everyday

Anthony Burrill grew up amid the natural beauty of the moors between Manchester and Leeds, England. Burrill was attracted to words and letterforms from an early age, collecting printed ephemera from travels with his grandfather. After studying graphic design at Leeds Polytechnic, he went on to attain an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London, where he was perhaps most influenced by typographer Alan Kitching.

Setting out on his own, he produced a range of posters with bold  typography and positive messages, which soon caught the eye of letterpress and type lovers everywhere. His “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” print is perhaps his best-known early work. “I overheard the phrase being spoken by an elderly lady in the queue at the local supermarket,” he has said, “it immediately struck me as being profound in its simplicity and truth.” It is this simplicity and generosity of spirit that characterises so much of Burrill’s work and is captured in Look & See.

Anthony Burrill is one of those rare artist designers with the talent and courage to eschew current trends. It is the simplicity and clarity of his message, beautifully executed through traditional means, which makes his work so effective and memorable.

Margaret Calvert

Look closely

Burrill has been collecting printed objects for decades – during a period when printed matter has undergone profound change – from ticket stubs and shop receipts to local announcements and quirky newspaper items. In them he sees the mind of an anonymous designer or typographer at work, and the occasional unexpected results they produce.

Truly ‘seeing’ the designed world around us, Burrill is the perfect guide to present the quotidian in a delighted and delightful way. For Look & See, Burrill has trawled through thousands of objects to make his selection, behind each of which is perhaps unintended wit, a mini revelation or a startling insight. Look & See is for anyone who wants to celebrate and perhaps find new meaning in the everyday objects we take for granted.

Meet the author

Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is known for his persuasive, up-beat style of communication. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and has been exhibited in museums around the world, including the Barbican Art Gallery, the Walker Art Center and the Design Museum, London.